January 21, 2011
I still have a few desserts to write about from the holiday season, but just like everyone else in the food blogosphere, it seems I’ve been craving foods with a few less calories and a bit more nutritional value. So Everybody Likes Sandwiches’ idea of a crunchy, fresh broccoli slaw seemed like a perfect one! One of my favourite lunches when I was in university was a couscous salad with chicken-broth soaked couscous, raisins, raw red onions, parsley and lemon, so I knew I would love the tastes in this, and I knew my body would love all the healthy stuff.
I altered the recipe a little. I doubled everything, since I decided to make this a cauliflower and broccoli slaw. I toasted the almonds, and used raisins (which I had soaked in some hot water) instead of dried cranberries. I used sour cream, but you could also use Greek yogurt. There really aren’t steadfast measurements for the dressing – it’s really all about personal taste. I put down a general idea of the measurements I used for the dressing, but you can consider it just a starting point. What a little more tang? Add some lemon! Need something a bit sweeter – up the mayo or the honey. I just kept adding ingredients and shaking it up until I was happy with the end result.
I really loved this salad, and I felt virtuous eating it too! The crunch is satisfying, the almonds add great texture, the raisins are little bursts of sweetness, the hot sauce adds a subtle kick, and the dressing it tangy and sweet, so I really never got bored eating up a whole bowlful. Plus, it’s so fast to put together, it makes for an easy dinner side dish or a really healthy and quick lunch for days to come.
The important thing to remember about this dish is that it’s not a salad, with big pieces of broccoli and cauliflower, but really like a slaw, with little pikes – it should be easier to eat with a spoon than with a fork.
1 large head of broccoli
1 large head of cauliflower
1/2 red onion, diced
1/2 c roasted (or simply toasted) almonds, coarsely chopped
1/2 c raisins (or dried cranberries)
4 tablespoons sour cream
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
juice of 1 lemon
couple of dashes of hot sauce
1 tablespoon honey
salt & pepper to taste
1. Chop the cauliflower and broccoli into a rough slaw. Dump into a medium sized bowl along with the red onion, almonds, and raisins.
2. Put the remaining ingredients into a small jar with a lid and shake. Taste & adjust seasoning if necessary.
3. Pour onto salad and toss until everything is coated.