As good as this broccoli slaw salad would be on your Spring holiday table, it would be even better at a picnic. I am ready for eat-outside-in-the-sun weather. Oh, yes I am. This salad, with sweetness from both the dried cranberries and agave nectar or honey in the dressing, will win over reluctant broccoli eaters of all ages. I start with a bag of pre-shredded broccoli slaw from the supermarket; if you can't find it, julienne your own mix of peeled broccoli stems, carrots, and red cabbage or radicchio. If you have sliced raw almonds in your freezer (and you should), toss a large handful directly into a hot, dry frying pan, and let them crisp up. That's the only cooking involved.
Broccoli slaw salad with cranberries, almonds, and yogurt dressing
1/4 cup sliced raw almonds
1 12-oz package store-bought broccoli slaw
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 Tbsp agave nectar (or honey)
3 Tbsp Greek yogurt
1-1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
In a small dry nonstick frying pan, toast the almonds over medium heat, shaking the pan frequently, until just starting to brown. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Add the broccoli slaw and cranberries to a large mixing bowl.
Combine remaining ingredients in a large measuring cup or mixing bowl. Whisk together until the dressing is smooth and emulsified.
Pour the dressing over the broccoli slaw. Add the cooled almonds, and stir well to combine. Let sit for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours, stirring occasionally to redistribute the dressing that will settle on the bottom of the bowl. (On warm days, refrigerate until ready to serve.)
Serve at room temperature or cool.
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Napa cabbage broccoli slaw with Brussels sprouts, radishes, and creamy Dijon dressing, from Farmgirl Fare
Bean sprouts and broccoli slaw salad with coconut-ginger dressing, from FatFree Vegan Kitchen
Broccoli slaw koshimbeer, from Enjoy Indian Food
Cole slaw, from Simply Recipes
Low calorie yogurt balsamic salad dressing, from Salad in a Jar
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