Can keto lovers love broccoli? Oh, we definitely know so. It’s a nutritional powerhouse, with 1 cup of broccoli containing as much vitamin C as an orange, not to mention broccoli is packed with fiber, potassium, even some protein. But just as important, it tastes great – as long as it’s cooked the right way. And we think this recipe is one of those right ways.
Tips: Don’t boil too long.
We love slow-cooked broccoli. But not all the time. This recipe’s success lies mainly in cooking the broccoli until just crisp-tender. Textural contrast here is crucial.
Plunge the broccoli in an ice water bath as soon as it has been boiled for 1 minute. This technique, called “shocking” (for good reason!) immediately stops the broccoli from residual cooking once it leaves the hot water.
Salad spinner = water begone!
Delish trick: Use a salad spinner to expel excess water from the broccoli. Transfer the shocked broccoli to a salad spinner, and spin away. You should spin and drain at least twice. You won’t believe how much water you’ll see, water that would otherwise ruin the salad.
YIELDS: 4 SERVINGS
PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 15 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 35 MINS
FOR THE SALAD:
3 heads broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 c. Cheddar, shredded
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 c. toasted sliced almonds
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 tbsp. freshly chopped chives
FOR THE DRESSING:
2/3 c. mayonnaise
3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. dijon mustard
Freshly ground black pepper
- In a medium pot or saucepan, bring 6 cups of salted water to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, prepare a large bowl with ice water.
- Add broccoli florets to the boiling water and cook until tender, 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and immediately place in the prepared bowl of ice water. When cool, spin the broccoli in a salad spinner. You will need to spin it at least twice.
- In a medium bowl, whisk to combine dressing ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl and pour over dressing. Toss until ingredients are combined and fully coated in dressing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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