Did you know, the average American eats nearly 6 pounds of broccoli a year! As one of our favorite super foods, broccoli finds its way into cheesey casseroles, stir-fry’s and salads.
Broccoli is rich in many important nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium and folate. But one special compound known as Sulfor- a-phane can help protect against certain diseases such as cancer and may help lower blood sugar in people managing type 2 diabetes.
If you’re not part of the “I love broccoli club” then sprucing it up with flavorful ingredients can help increase your intake of this healthy plant!
Nutty Broccoli Salad
Prep: 10 minutes
Makes: 4 Servings
· 3 cups Broccoli Florets
· 3 stripes Turkey Bacon
· 2 tablespoons golden raisins (plumped)
· 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
· 1 tablespoon minced red onion
· ¼ cup low fat balsamic vinaigrette*
1. To plump raisins: Place raisins in ½ cup hot water for about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
2. Cook bacon according to package directions and coarsely chop.
3. If needed, cut broccoli into bite sized pieces.
4. In a large bowl, add broccoli, bacon, raisins, almonds and red onion. Toss to coat with vinaigrette.
5. Refrigerate for approximately 20 to 30 minutes and enjoy.
*I used Boathouse Farms Low fat/low calorie balsamic vinaigrette
131 Calories; 20g carbohydrate; 2.5g fat; 6g protein; 156mg sodium; 2g fiber
Recipe by: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA