Combining lightly steamed broccoli with raw broccoli slaw creates an earthy but mildly sweet flavor and a wonderfully crisp texture.
Broccoli Bacon Salad With Bacon Vinaigrette Dressing
| Serves 6 | 261 calories per serving
- 2 small bundles baby broccoli or broccoli – about 1/2 pound total
- 1 package ready-to-eat broccoli slaw (8-10 ounces)
- 4 strips bacon, about 4 ounces
- 6 ounces cherry tomatoes (about 12)
- 1/4 medium red onion
- 1/3 cup grated carrots
- 3 tablespoons toasted, salted sesame seeds
- Optional: 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons cooked bacon fat
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon sugar
- Salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
Prepare salad ingredients: In a medium size non-stick skillet, fry the bacon over medium low heat until brown and crisp on both sides. While the bacon cooks, rinse the broccoli and shake dry. Using a sharp knife, remove the flowerets from the stems, and transfer the stems to a microwave proof bowl. Arrange the flowerets on top of the stems, seal the bowl with plastic wrap, and microwave on high for one minute. Remove the plastic carefully, avoiding the steam, and toss the flowerets gently, leaving the stems in the bottom of the bowl. Cover and microwave for another minute. Transfer the flowerets to a cutting board, then cover the bowl and microwave the stems for an additional minute. Transfer the stems to the cutting board. Chop the broccoli flowerets and stems into roughly 3/8 – 1 inch pieces and transfer to a serving bowl.
Make the dressing: In a small bowl or shaker jar, whisk all of the dressing ingredients together until well emulsified. Add salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
Assemble the salad: Transfer the broccoli slaw, bacon, tomatoes, onion, grated carrots and sesame seeds to the serving bowl with the steamed broccoli. Add about half the sesame seeds and optional cheddar cheese. Toss the salad with a light coating of the dressing. Add salt and fresh ground pepper according to taste. Garnish with the remaining sesame seeds. Serve, and enjoy!