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Double broccoli salad with almonds and Sriracha yogurt dressing {vegetarian, gluten-free}

Double broccoli salad with almonds and Sriracha yogurt dressing.

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 recipe with Sriracha yogurt dressing.

Double broccoli salad with almonds and Sriracha yogurt dressing

From the pantry, you'll need: sliced almonds, Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, Sriracha sauce, lime, agave nectar, rice vinegar.

Serves 8.


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.

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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

Double broccoli salad with almonds and spicy Sriracha yogurt dressing.

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I'm going to look at my broccoli much more closely next time! How interesting! And, I'm with you on the no-cook aspect of broccoli. I might as well furlough the stove until late September.

I can't seem to find that broccoli slaw in my new town, but I do buy it occasionally when I'm in Salt Lake. Love the sound of the dressing you have used here, sound delicious!

By the way, I had never heard of fractals before; thanks for sharing that!

Thanks for the great suggestion for using broccoli slaw. I usually just toss it into our family's "kitchen sink" salad, but I love the sound of your double broc salad.

That broccoli/fractal fact will be good to take to a party too!

Thanks for a great recipe. It's great news for me because I must eat gluten free diet. And this broccoli! Mmm. Eliza

Oh was this delicious! I didn't have any regular broccoli but did have the slaw so I made a half recipe of the very tasty dressing and toasted the almonds. So easy and really good. Thank you!

Broccoli is my BEST FRIEND! I love it, add yoghurt and sriracha and I'm sold. I'm making this.

Made a very good dressing for a green salad tonight.

TW, Kalyn, MomZed: Fractals! New, on The Perfect Pantry!!!

Eliza, this is great for a gluten-free diet.

Judy, adding the broccoli florets will just make it better. So glad you tried it.

Bec, enjoy!!!

Susan, what did you put in your salad? It's a great dressing, isn't it?

Simple salad: greens (from local farm stand, just opened for the season), radishes, cukes, onions, tomatoes. The dressing had a nice balance and lifted everything in the bowl.

I love Fractals... I love Broccoli... and I love Sriracha... Looks like this is going to be another hit!!!! Thank you Lydia for making me look like a great cook!

Take #2, Israeli cous cous, crumbled Cabot sharp cheddar, tomato, cuke, a little bit of lettuce, etc, with the dressing. Made a good lunch - mix & match. The base was meant for the previous pomegranate dressing.

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