Monday, August 20, 2012

Good and Good For You Broccoli Salad

Have you ever had cravings for something sweet, and crunchy with a bit of saltiness?  That just about covers most craving sensations!  I'm not talking about grabbing a scoop or two of salted cashew caramel ice cream, although that doesn't sound too bad right now!  This recipe looked interesting to me because 1) it was simple 2) the calorie count was low 3) and it transformed plain old broccoli into a "good and good for you"  treat or side dish.


4 cups of fresh broccoli florets

1/2 bunch (about 3) of green onions, chopped 

1/4 cup dried cranberries

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 1/2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar ( I used roasted garlic flavor)

1 Tbsp sugar

1/4 cup sunflower kernels

about 3 pieces of cooked and crumbled panchetta

In a large bowl combine the broccoli, onions and cranberries.  In a smaller bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, vinegar and sugar and drizzle over the broccoli.  Stir well to combine the flavors and refrigerate for about 1-2 hours or longer.  At the time of serving, sprinkle with the sunflower kernels and panchetta and then mix.  One serving of 3/4 cup has only 121 (or so) calories, and very low fat!  This is  a salad that is better the next day, too.

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