Here in Apple Valley, the parking lots at pick-your-own orchards overflow with cars every weekend in October and November. One even sets up a popcorn stand, and a bouncy house to keep the little ones entertained while the older kids and parents, armed with picking baskets on long poles, head off into the adjacent grove of apple trees. When you live in a place with a dozen apple orchards, you learn to appreciate apples in season. My love affair with broccoli slaw, however, knows no seasonal boundary. This curried apple and pecan broccoli slaw brings together the best of Apple Valley with one of my favorite ways to get more greens into our diet. I haven't finalized my Thanksgiving menu yet, but I think this quick-and-easy side dish just might find its way to the holiday table.
Curried apple and pecan broccoli slaw
Serves 3-4; can be doubled.
For the dressing:
2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt (I use nonfat)
2 tsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp sweet curry powder
1 tsp rice vinegar
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
For the salad:
6 oz (3 cups) store-bought broccoli slaw, or 1 cup each of shredded broccoli stems, carrot and red cabbage
1 large tart apple, cut into matchsticks or thin slices
2-3 Tbsp pecan halves, or more to taste
In a mixing bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. Add the broccoli slaw and apple slices, and toss gently until all ingredients are well combined.
In a nonstick dry frying pan over medium heat, toast the pecan halves for 2-3 minutes, until they are fragrant but not browning. Add them to the salad, and toss.
Cover the salad with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
Serve cold or at room temperature.
More broccoli slaws and apple salads:
Broccoli slaw salad with honey mustard yogurt dressing
Broccoli slaw salad with cranberries, almonds and yogurt dressing
Sesame shrimp fried rice with broccoli slaw
Kale and apple salad with bacon and pecans, from Sass & Veracity
Curried apple couscous, from 101 Cookbooks
Curried quinoa salad, from Healthy Green Kitchen
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