Super Crunch Broccoli Salad

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This super crunch broccoli salad recipe is a rainbow mix of chopped veggies, like cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and celery. These healthy ingredients are taken over the top by a creamy mayonnaise salad dressing recipe, which is sweet, salty, and tangy. If you would like a new type of salad to adorn the dinner table other than lettuce greens, this chopped vegetable salad recipe should be the one because it involves sharp cheddar cheese for flavor as well as sunflower seeds for a crunchy nuttiness. No matter whom you serve this dish to everyone will love it, even the pickiest eaters.

As far as easy salad recipes go, this broccoli salad recipe is quite easy involving a very small amount of preparation. Vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli are very simple to prepare since you only need a knife to remove the stems. Otherwise, you can use your hands to pull the florets apart, only using your knife to neaten up the edges or cut the florets into smaller pieces. The nutritional content of broccoli makes it a vegetable you will want to include in your dinner rotation on a regular basis. Broccoli contains very high levels of vitamins C, B6, and A, as well as very high amounts of potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber. You can get well over your daily-recommended intake of vitamin C from one cup of broccoli, as well as eleven percent vitamin A, and four percent each of calcium and iron. If your kids think they don’t like broccoli, they may change their minds when they try it raw, because the florets stay crunchy and sweet rather than cooking to mush. If a brighter green color is desired in your salad recipe, blanch the broccoli for two minutes or so in boiling salted water, just until the florets turn bright. This step isn’t meant to cook the broccoli, but rather enhance its color to make this broccoli salad recipe as beautiful as possible.

The salad dressing for this vegetable salad recipe is a creamy concoction of ingredients like mayonnaise, sugar, Parmesan cheese, paprika, and Dijon mustard, which gives the salad a contrast of salt, sweetness, fattiness, and tanginess. In the case of Melissa’s dressing recipe, she specifies to use the powdered cheese rather than freshly grated as you would expect. The canned Parmesan has a much saltier taste, which manages to cut through the richness of the dressing, but if desired, feel free to use fresh Parmesan for a more pure Parmesan cheese flavor. If you have a picnic or family gathering, you need to bring a dish for, this summer salad recipe will be an excellent addition because it contains healthy vegetables but is also rich and delicious. Since most people rely on green salads, potato salads, and coleslaw, this dish will be a unique addition to any table. Thank you to Melissa, the author of ‘Chin Deep’ recipe blog, for sharing her super crunch broccoli salad recipe with us.

Nutrition Facts for: Super Crunch Broccoli Salad from Chin Deep
Ingredients: Broccoli florets, sharp cheddar cheese, grape or cherry tomatoes, red/purple onion, sunflower seeds, real mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, sugar, spicy pickle relish, Dijon mustard, freshly ground black pepper, paprika.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings.* Per Serving: Calories 336, Calories from Fat 211, Total Fat 23.4g 36%, Saturated Fat 9.1g 45%, Cholesterol 45mg 15%, Sodium 585mg 24%, Potassium 300mg 9%, Carbohydrates 21.1g 7%, Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9%, Sugars 11.5g, Protein 13.1g, Vitamin A 24%, Vitamin C 61%, Calcium 34%, Iron 6%

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