Light and Easy Broccoli Salad

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This light and easy broccoli salad recipe is just like the one you may remember, only healthier. Salads are awesome, they are the perfect combination of foods all mixed into one bowl to bring you a healthy meal or side dish. The best healthy salads have lots of different healthy ingredients and are rich with flavour and colour. Usually a salad will start with a base vegetable or leafy green like romaine lettuce or some delicious kale or chard. Or they can also be made with larger bits of vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower. There are even salads that include grains like rice or quinoa in them to make them into more of a meal. Some salads even have fruit in them for another level of flavour or nuts for some good healthy fats. Of all the salad recipes there are out there today it is pretty easy to find a new recipe to try out every day of the week if you wanted to and some of the best healthy salads and salad recipes can be found right here online.

In the past, we have had salads that are less than healthy, with copious amounts of mayonnaise or even whipped cream in them. A salad was more about convenience in past days than it was about health. People favoured salad recipes that were easy to whip up and bring to a gathering or put on the table with dinner. Looking back on some of the salads that included marshmallows or jello, we can admit that they were fun and easy, but far from healthy. Like this classic broccoli salad recipe. Once this recipe was made with tons of mayonnaise which is high in cholesterol and fat, as well as the seasoning packets and noodles from ramen instant noodles which are full of sodium. Of course, everyone loved the idea that they were eating their vegetables even though they were slathered with other unhealthy condiments. But in this day and age, people are more interested in healthy eating so taking these classic recipes and making healthy versions of them is becoming a trend. This broccoli salad recipe still includes mayonnaise, but just a lot less of it than the original classic broccoli salad recipe.

If you wanted to make this recipe even healthier, you can substitute the mayonnaise out for greek yogurt, which would make a great combination with all of the other ingredients. Or, if you are vegan or lactose intolerant, you can swap out the mayonnaise and the greek yogurt for a vegan mayonnaise alternative. Vegan mayonnaise can be found in pretty much any grocery store or health food store and is a tasty and healthy alternative to the real deal. Some nutritional facts on broccoli include that it is high in iron, calcium, phosphorus, selenium, riboflavin, thiamin and magnesium. It is also very high in vitamins A, B6 and C and has no saturated fat or cholesterol in it. So as you can see, having this broccoli salad is sure yo bring you and your family plenty of nutrition, especially with this healthy version.***

Nutrition Facts for: Light and Easy Broccoli Salad from The Kitchn
Ingredients: Currants, broccoli, red onion, almonds, mayonnaise, lemon juice, rice vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 12 servings. * Per Serving:Calories 109, Calories from Fat 56, Total Fat 6.2g 10%, Saturated Fat 0.7g 3%, Cholesterol 3mg 1%, Sodium 289mg 12%, Potassium 305mg 9%, Carbohydrates 11.9g 4%, Dietary Fiber 3.0g 12%, Sugars 4.8g, Protein 3.5g, Vitamin A 10% · Vitamin C 118%, Calcium 5%, Iron 4%

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