Better Than Potato Salad or Pasta Salad
I’ve said it before, I just have better things to do with my life that spend a ton of time in the kitchen. BUT, I want to eat good, healthy foods so I have to spend some time in the kitchen. Which means I work really hard and finding ways to make foods quick and easy!
We got a last minute invite to hang out with some friends but I needed to make something quick – really quick. This was my creation and everyone loved it.
Broccoli Salad (and other veggies) in the food processor
This salad came together in under 5 minutes – no kidding! I hunted through the refrigerator for vegetables. I found carrots, green onions, cabbage, and broccoli. This seemed a little too veggie so I grabbed an apple too. A quick wash and I put the shredding tool in the food processor. The one we think of as the grater for cheese. The carrots went in whole. The cabbage, apple and broccoli needed a bit of cutting to fit. I chopped the green onions so they didn’t get smooshed (technical cooking term!).
Here’s the key though – any fresh vegetables would be great. Don’t feel like you need a definitive recipe to make something . . . sometimes the best foods come from spontaneity.
Quick Broccoli Salad Dressing
I whisked together 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil with 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar then tossed it with the vegetables. Again, have some fun with this. I could have used sesame oil and coconut aminos for an Asian flavor or lemon juice for a more California flavor. Just enjoy the surprise.
Finally I threw some sesame seeds on top for a bit of crunch. I could have used sunflower seeds, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds . . . just about anything. If you’re family likes a sweeter salad throw in a handful of dried fruit like cranberries.
The most important thing to know is you can make a wonderful broccoli salad or any vegetable salad within minutes. You can skip the higher caloric traditional stand by foods like potato salad or pasta salad for something that will be healthier for the whole family.
Make your summer simple and fun!