While I don't buy much prepared food -- too much salt, too many additives -- I have absolutely no problem buying convenience foods when they're going to save me time in the kitchen. One of those products, broccoli slaw, tops the list, and I use it in salads all summer long.
Just like cabbage-based cole slaw mix, broccoli slaw (a blend of julienned carrots and broccoli stems) absorbs almost any dressing. And it loves mix-ins, like nuts, fruit, shrimp or tofu. Toss broccoli slaw with a vinaigrette, yogurt, or some lemon or lime; all are tenderizers and will soften the broccoli the longer the salad sits in the dressing. Use your imagination, and poke around in the pantry; you're sure to come up with your own creative combinations! Here are five of my (meatless) favorites, beginning with broccoli slaw salad with peanut-mango-Sriracha dressing, in the photo above. Add some leftover grilled chicken for an irresistible main course salad, and add extra Sriracha if you dare.
Double broccoli salad with almonds and Sriracha yogurt dressing combines broccoli slaw with chopped broccoli florets, for extra added dark leafy green goodness.
Curried apple and pecan broccoli slaw pairs so well with grilled fish or lamb.
Broccoli slaw salad with honey-mustard yogurt dressing gets a touch of sweetness from golden raisins.
Broccoli slaw salad with cranberries, almonds and yogurt dressing feels right at home in a picnic basket, and equally perfect on the Thanksgiving table. Swap in dried blueberries for a different flavor. This is a salad for all year round.
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