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Recipe for curried broccoli slaw salad with cashews, raisins and toasted coconut {vegetarian}

Curried broccoli slaw salad, with crunch coconut and cashew topping.

Does this ever happen to you? You make a grocery list, trot off to the store, buy everything on the list, bring it home, unpack, and then scratch your head and wonder what on Earth you'd planned to cook. I can't remember what I had in mind for a bag of unsweetened coconut flakes -- cookies? cupcakes? -- but from now on, it's going to be this broccoli slaw salad, inspired by the garnishes traditionally served with Indian curries. Cashews, raisins, and toasted coconut give crunch and sweetness to the broccoli, which is tossed with a curry-spiced Greek yogurt dressing. Call it a side dish, or a main dish for lunch. I promise you'll be buying coconut more often, because you're going to love this salad, so please do as I forgot to do -- write down, somewhere, what you're planning to make with it.

Curried broccoli slaw salad.

Curried broccoli slaw salad with cashews, raisins and toasted coconut

From the pantry, you'll need: plain nonfat Greek yogurt, sweet curry powder, ground cumin, agave nectar, rice vinegar, mayonnaise, raisins, cashews.

Serves 6-8.


3/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp sweet curry powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp agave nectar
1 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp mayonnaise
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
12-oz bag of broccoli slaw, rinsed and dried
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup unsalted roasted cashews
3 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes


In a large mixing bowl, stir together the yogurt, curry powder, cumin, agave nectar, rice vinegar, mayonnaise, salt and pepper.

Add the broccoli slaw and raisins, and stir to combine.

In a small nonstick frying pan over low-medium heat, toast the cashews until lightly browned and aromatic, shaking the pan occasionally, 3-4 minutes. Add the toasted cashews to the broccoli slaw.

Then, in the same pan, toast the coconut flakes. Stir constantly; the coconut will brown quickly, so it shouldn't take more than 1 minute to toast them. Add to the slaw, and toss everything together.

Let the slaw sit at room temperature for up to 30 minutes, or in the refrigerator for several hours, to allow the flavors to come together.

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Asian broccoli slaw

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Vegetarian curried brown rice and broccoli casserole with creamy curry sauce, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Broccoli slaw, from Smitten Kitchen
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Pan-fried chickpea salad, from 101 Cookbooks
Corn with curried yogurt, from Leite's Culinaria

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Yeah, this happens to me a lot. My wife would buy groceries and I'd forget why I asked her to get me a particular item. But the fun thing about that is I get to have interesting ingredients to add to my dishes, the way you did with the coconut flakes in this slaw.

This sounds like a refreshing summer side salad, or with a bit of protein, a meal all by itself!
I frequently see bags of broccoli slaw with magical markdown stickers but never know what to do with them (besides a stir fry) so now I know what I'm doing next time.

I did exactly the same thing the other day. A terrific sounding recipe called for unsweetened coconut flakes and when I finally found a bag of them, forgot what I had wanted them for! How funny you did too :). This sounds delightful. Thanks for the terrific suggestion.

CCSD, glad to know it happens to others, too!

Kirsten, broccoli slaw is one of my absolute favorite "convenience" foods. I'm one of those people who loves the broccoli stems, and the slaw is a great way to get those into my cooking without peeling and shredding.

Cary, too funny. Maybe we both saw the same recipe that called for coconut flakes? Unfortunately, I've completely forgotten what it was!

This slaw sounds delicious. I think I have nearly all of the ingredients in my cupboard - not sure why :). Once I get the broccoli I can try it. Thanks!

All That's Left, maybe there is something about the coconut that makes us forget why we bought it. It seems I'm not the only one who's done that!

just printed this out!
i love broccoli salads; they are the best ways to experiment with new textures and flavors.

Vanillasugar, broccoli slaw is ingenious! I never think of it as convenience food, just that someone has done the tedious work for me. Enjoy!

It usually happens in reverse for me... I go to the store to buy a certain ingredient and than forget what it was I went there for.

Curried brocoli sounds great. Can't wait to try this. Because, of course, I bought a broccoli without knowing exactly what to do with it. :)

I love your vegetarian asian salads and slaws and this one looks fabulous! I love the sound of the dressing but the raisins and cashews make it great! My family would love me if I made all of your recipes!

Carol, I admit that happens to me, too.

Janet, and *that* also happens to me!

Jamie, my family would love it if you came here for dinner and brought one of your fabulous desserts.

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