Hi guys! I’m making my way ’round Ireland right now and it’s incredibly beautiful here. I can’t wait to share photos with ya’ll when I’m back! Today we’ve got another awesome recipe coming at you from Kristy of Chocolate Slopes. Kristy is a fellow dietitian blogger – another RD I’ve actually never met in person but love following online! Kristy is a busy mother of 3 kids (under the age of 5!) so her blog is all about helping families find realistic nutritious recipes and solutions. Something I think we could all benefit from! Thanks, Katie for hanging out on the blog today!
I want to first say that I am honored to be guest posting for Kara while she’s enjoying her vacation. And not just any vacation, but a vacation in Europe! I hope she’s enjoying all the ridiculously delicious food and getting some R & R! Well deserved!
Now onto the salad. As a dietitian who’s raising a family, I love sharing recipes that are practical, healthy and quick to prepare. That’s how I came up with this simple broccoli salad.
This Creamy Broccoli Salad is a perfect side dish to bring to any party and with its basic ingredients, you likely have everything on hand already!
Thankfully my family loves broccoli, it’s a good thing because it’s one of my favorites and by far the most common vegetable I ate as a child. However, during my childhood I believe the reason why I ate so much broccoli was because of the delicious gooey Velveeta cheese that my mom would melt over the top of it (at least my siblings and I ate the vegetables, right?!).
Well I personally don’t buy Velveeta, but I have been known to sprinkle roasted or steamed broccoli with sharp cheddar cheese or Parmesan cheese. Cheese + anything really is a fantastic combo.As you can see I have a love of broccoli whether it’s steamed, roasted, stir-fried, eaten raw or mixed into salad like this Creamy Broccoli Salad.
Nutritional Tidbit: Did you know that broccoli is not only a good source of fiber but it’s also low in calories with only 30 calories for 1 cup of raw broccoli? Broccoli also contains several essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, folate and potassium. Eating a diet high in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes, as well as have some cancer-fighting effects. Quite the super food if you ask me!
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- 1 bunch broccoli, chopped small
- 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup Greek plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- In a large bowl combine the broccoli, red onion, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and feta cheese. Combine the remaining ingredients: Greek plain yogurt, light mayonnaise, sugar and red wine vinegar for the dressing.
- Add the dressing to the vegetable mixture and stir until combined.
- Refrigerate salad until ready to serve.
Recipe Courtesy of Kristy Hegner of Chocolate Slopes