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August 6, 2013

Recipe for lemon caper broccoli slaw salad {vegetarian, gluten-free}

Lemon caper broccoli slaw salad.

If I have to admit to a fast food crush, I'll cop to broccoli slaw. It's not fast food like drive-through burgers and fries, but it makes for super fast, vegetable rich cooking in my kitchen. A big bowl of lemons on the counter inspired this summery lemon caper broccoli slaw salad. The most time-consuming part of the recipe, which really takes no time at all, is opening the package of store-bought broccoli slaw, rinsing it under cool water, and spinning it dry in a salad spinner. (Don't have a salad spinner? Put your rinsed broccoli slaw inside a clean pillow case, take it outside, and swing it around over your head. The slaw will be dry, and you'll get a nice little shower.) Combine the rest of the zesty ingredients for the dressing, toss in the broccoli slaw, and you're done. Give the dressing a few minutes to tenderize the broccoli without making it mushy. If you happen to have leftover cooked chicken or shrimp, add that to the salad, which turns a perky side dish into a satisfying main course.

Lemon caper broccoli slaw (add chicken or shrimp for main dish).

Lemon caper broccoli slaw salad

From the pantry, you'll need: mayonnaise, plain nonfat Greek yogurt, lemon, capers, parsley, fresh black pepper.

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

1/4 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
Zest and juice of 1 small lemon
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp capers, drained and chopped
1/2 tsp fresh black pepper, or more to taste
12-oz bag broccoli slaw, rinsed and dried in a salad spinner

Directions

In a large mixing bowl, combine first six ingredients. Stir together with a rubber spatula.

Add the broccoli slaw, and stir to combine. Refrigerate for 15 minutes, or up to several hours, before serving.

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More broccoli slaw recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
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Broccoli slaw salad with honey-mustard yogurt dressing
Curried apple and pecan broccoli slaw
Curried broccoli slaw salad with cashews, raisins and toasted coconut
Sesame shrimp fried rice with broccoli slaw

Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Broccoli slaw with pineapple curry dressing, from FatFree Vegan Kitchen
Asian quinoa broccoli slaw, from Mountain Mama Cooks
Zucchini broccoli slaw, from Bake Your Day
Quick and easy cilantro-lime broccoli slaw, from Gluten-Free Bay
Citrus and ginger broccoli slaw, from Culinary Cory

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Comments

I'll skip the capers, but otherwise I'm in. ;-) I just picked up some broccoli slaw. I'm so glad my store is carrying it now. And that's the best kind of "fast food" for sure. I chuckled when I read the part about the shower. Any little shower can seem like a treat on a hot summer day!

Thanks, Lydia!
Shirley

Love the dressing - on shredded carrots, cabbage... We don't have bags of precut veggies like you lucky people and broccoli is not at it's best in summer. But I do love the lemon and capers

I'm always looking for new ways to use Greek yogurt in creamy salads. Love the combination of lemon and capers in this Lydia!

Shirley, no capers? How do you feel about preserved lemons? You'll get a very similar taste, but a little bit less flowery.

Katie, the dressing on a cole slaw mix of cabbage, carrots and maybe even radicchio would be delicious.

Jeanette, once my family got used to the flavor of Greek yogurt in dressings, we all find mayonnaise based dressings too rich -- and we always cut them with some yogurt now.

While I usually love broccoli slaw, this was a little too tart for my taste. I added a little brown sugar to cut some of the tanginess. But I do like the idea of cutting the mayo with yogurt! Thanks

Judy, adding sugar, or honey, or agave to taste is a great idea.

Lydia,
The colors of the salad are really pretty, and the lemon zest really adds a pop to the presentation. I can only imagine it tastes delicious (and I've restocked capers after a trip to Trader Joes). Very pretty photo.

I'm a sucker for just about anything with capers. Sounds great!

OMG!! YUM!! I love this idea and need to make this!

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