Sunday, April 3, 2016

Broccoli Strawberry Salad

Broccoli.... I know what you're thinking. Booooring.  Not so fast, my friends. Not. So. Fast. This broccoli salad is the perfect addition to your next potluck or barbecue. Yes, it's almost that time of year. You wouldn't believe it right now in Lexington because the wind is howling, but I promise, the grills will be firing up before you know it (mines been fired up several times already).  This salad is quick, easy and best of all, can be made ahead of time!

Recently my dad was directed by his doctor to try the FODMAP diet, so for Easter I wanted to make something that he would be able to partake in since 110% of the dishes at our family gatherings are made primarily of gluten. Broccoli is one of those foods that no one can seem to make their mind up about but several articles I read said that 1/2 cup is acceptable so I went with it. 

Right about now you're probably wondering why I decided to put strawberries in this salad. The reasoning behind this is two-fold. A. Dad can have strawberries. 2. I saw a picture on Pinterest. I was slightly devastated when the picture lead to a black hole of Internet nothingness. After days of trying to forget that I had ever seen it, and a few nights dreaming about it, I knew I just had to make something up. And so I did. 

I knew it would need a crunchy element so I decided slivered almonds would suit my taste just fine. Normally I would add red onions but onions and garlic aren't FODMAP friendly so I used green onions,which are allowed. I find that strange. The coup de gras is obviously bacon because bacon makes everything better.  

I never even had to think about the dressing. I would basically use the same one made for every other broccoli salad but for me personally, I've been cutting out as much processed sugar so I decided maple syrup would be my sweetener-- the real stuff, not Aunt Jemima.  I've also cut out weird chemicals so I decided I would make the mayo from scratch. . That's right. I. Made. Mayonnaise. Let's all take a moment to appreciate that statement. I would like to thank the Internet for providing thousands of mayo recipes and my mom for buying me an immersion blender for Christmas. Without those two things, this would not have been possible. #gratefulandblessed

Side note:  I'm not going to require you make your own mayo. But if you want to try it, and I recommend that you attempt it at some point in your life because it really impresses people when you tell them you made mayo, then you can go HERE or HERE or even HERE or you can simply Google "mayonnaise recipe" and the World Wide Web will present you with thousands, if not millions, of options. 

I might be spouting nonsense at this point so, I'll just get to the point.... 

Broccoli Strawberry Salad

2 heads broccoli, washed and cut into bite size pieces
1 pound strawberries, washed and quartered
1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
4 green onions, sliced
5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


1/2 cup mayonnaise
1-2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Pinch of salt

In a large salad bowl, combine the broccoli, strawberries, almonds, green onion and bacon. 

In another bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar and maple syrup. 

Pour over the salad and mix well.