I love broccoli. I love it raw, baked, drenched in cheese, and splashed with balsamic vinegar. I’ve never met a broccoli dish I didn’t like.
When Joe and I were thinking about adding a vegetable dish to our beloved Thanksgiving feast, we both thought of broccoli, but neither of us had a recipe in mind.
Suddenly, it was the night before our feast, and we still hadn’t decided on a recipe. I took matters into my own hands.
I was glad to have a couple of bags of Beneforté® broccoli. It’s washed, cut (in bite-sized pieces), and ready to use, so I opened the bag and dumped it into a bowl to make my favorite broccoli salad recipe.
My broccoli salad was the biggest hit of the meal. There were only 3 or 4 little broccoli pieces left over, not even a bowlful.
I was sad about that. I wanted to have it for breakfast the next day.
There wasn’t enough left over for breakfast.
- 10 slices bacon
- 1 pound Beneforté broccoli
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 6 tablespoons Nakano rice wine vinegar, garlic flavor (that's a little more than ⅓ cup)
- 1 large clove garlic (or 2 small ones)
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 cups low fat mayonnaise (I wouldn't recommend Miracle Whip in this recipe.)
- Cook bacon over medium high heat. Drain it well and pat dry to remove as much of the grease as possible. Crumble the dried bacon and set it aside.
- Pour half of the Beneforté broccoli into a large mixing bowl. Add to it a large handful of golden raisins (my sister says that's a cup but I think it's more than that) and a large handful of walnuts.
- Add the crumbled bacon and two big handfuls of shredded cheddar cheese. Don't worry about mixing it up yet.
- In a small bowl, whisk together rice wine vinegar, garlic, sugar, and mayo.
- Pour the dressing over the broccoli and toss it well. Make sure it's all blended and well-coated.
- Refrigerate the salad for a couple of hours or overnight, to let the flavors blend.
This recipe came out so well that I made it again for our second Thanksgiving with Old Grandma, and this time, doubled the recipe. It lasted a little longer, but not much.
As I mentioned above, I made my broccoli salad with Beneforté from the Eat Smart brand. They recommend eating Beneforté broccoli uncooked or lightly steamed (to preserve more of the nutrients), so broccoli salad was a perfect way to use it!
Beneforté is a naturally better broccoli that is the result of a ten-year process of cross-pollination and selection.
Are you wondering what makes it naturally better? I was.
Beneforté combines the best characteristics of commercial broccoli with a wild variety found in Southern Italy that has a unique, increased ability to produce the phytonutrient glucoraphanin. Beneforte contains 2-3 times more of this nutrient than other varieties of broccoli. Glucoraphanin naturally boosts the body’s level of antioxidants enzymes, protecting you against environmental pollutants and free radicals.
You can learn more at Eat Smart Beneforté.
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