Monday, August 31, 2015

Almond Broccoli Salad

There's still some time left this summer to make Toasted Almond Broccoli Salad.  And by the way, it makes a great fall salad and holiday salad as well!  Thanks to Amy J. (our recipe contributor) for the great salad recipe--again!

When our first child was a baby we had the incredible opportunity to move to Canada and live there for 5 years.  We had no family up north so our Canadian friends became our family.  My dear friend Silvana D. was one such friend!  She was family!  Just like another sister! 

Silvana is my beautiful Italian friend who is an expert in just about everything!  She is one of the best cooks I’ve ever known and the last I heard she was writing a cookbook!  People die for anything that comes out of her kitchen!  She taught me lots of cooking tricks and shared lots of amazing recipes with me!  I will share some of those later on….you lucky folks!

Silvana served this salad at a Christmas party she hosted years ago.  I had to return to the bowl and serve myself a second…and yes…a third helping!  I was shamelessly addicted to this salad!   It was different from the traditional bacon broccoli salad with a sweetened dressing.  This was savory and flavorful, a completely different and AMAZING blend of flavors!  I asked her how she made it and she so graciously shared her recipe!  My kids LOVE this salad!  Every time I take it to a party, people ask me for the recipe!  The colors pop and so do the flavors!  

Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!!  Love and broccoli,  Amy J J

Gather your ingredients…

Broccoli, and cauliflower separated into bite sized flowerets

Red grapes and green grapes, sliced if desired

Chop your celery

Look at these colors! Delish!

Don’t be fooled by the simple sauce ingredients!  The toasted almonds mixed with the Best Foods mayo bring such a rich toasty flavor to the salad!  Then, you add a bit of salt and fresh pepper!  AN UNBELIEVABLE COMBINATION!

Toss the veggie/fruit mixture with the mayo/almond mixture until combined and the veggies are lightly coated.  Season with salt and fresh pepper to taste.  Sprinkle with extra almonds.  Enjoy!

Toasted Almond Broccoli Salad

2 cups broccoli, separated into bite sized flowerets
2 cups cauliflower, separated into bites sized flowerets
1 cup red grapes, sliced
1 cup green grapes, sliced
4 stalks celery, chopped

¾ cup sliced almonds…plus more to sprinkle on top, you can use slivered or chopped almonds…whatever you like.

Mayonnaise…1 or 2 spoonfuls…your preference
Salt to taste
Fresh pepper to taste

*While you are chopping, slicing and sectioning your fruits and veggies, toast the almonds in a 350 oven until golden brown and fragrant.  They will toast for about 10-15 minutes depending on your oven.  Stir them every 5 minutes to ensure even toasting.  YUM!

*Cool toasted almonds completely.  Stir broccoli, cauliflower, grapes, celery, and Craisins together. 

*Stir almonds in a spoonful of mayonnaise.  This gives the mayonnaise and incredible toasted, savory flavor! 

*Toss the veggie/fruit mixture with the mayo/almond mixture until combined and the veggies are lightly coated.  Season with salt and fresh pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

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  1. I have had this salad somewhere, and I never could remember what went in it. This recipe is exactly what I need! Delicious--making it this weekend!

  2. This looks amazing! I've really been trying to get back into a healthy eating routine so I will have to add this to my list for my lunches. I'm excited to give it a shot!


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