One neat thing about having a daughter who's a science teacher is what you learn about things you thought you already knew everything about. For instance, broccoli. Did you know that broccoli is a fractal? I didn't know that; in fact, I had to look up fractals in the dictionary. A fractal is a never-ending pattern, in which each part is self-similar across different scales. In other words, each broccoli floret, large or small, is a miniature of the entire head of broccoli. Isn't that fun? Even more fun, broccoli florets are tender enough not to need cooking, which is a hit with me when the weather gets hot. In this double broccoli salad recipe, I use store-bought broccoli slaw -- the shaved stems of broccoli and carrots, with bits of red cabbage -- with chopped broccoli florets, and bind it all together with a spicy-sweet Sriracha yogurt dressing. Bring this salad to a picnic or potluck this summer, and it will be the first dish to disappear.
Double broccoli salad with almonds and Sriracha yogurt dressing
1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp Sriracha sauce (use less for a milder salad)
Juice of 1 medium lime
2 tsp agave nectar
2 tsp rice vinegar
12 oz broccoli slaw
12 oz chopped broccoli florets
3/4 to 1 cup sliced almonds (optional)
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, mayonnaise, Sriracha, lime juice, agave and rice vinegar until smooth.
Add remaining ingredients to the bowl, and toss to combine. Let sit for at least 15 minutes, or up to several hours in the refrigerator, to allow the broccoli slaw to soften slightly.
Serve chilled or at room temperature.
More fun dishes made with broccoli slaw:
Broccoli slaw salad with cranberries, almonds, and yogurt dressing
Curried apple and pecan broccoli slaw
Sesame shrimp fried rice with broccoli slaw
Slow cooker hoisin chicken and broccoli slaw sandwiches
Broccoli slaw salad with honey mustard yogurt dressing
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Avocado fries with creamy Sriracha dipping sauce, from We Are Not Martha
Crispy rosemary Sriracha chicken thighs, from All Day I Dream About Food
Spiced carrot croquettes with yogurt Sriracha sauce, from Taste Food
Sriracha deviled eggs, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Sriracha potato and macaroni salad, from Life's Ambrosia
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