Almost 12 years ago, I was addicted to this amazing broccoli salad in a café in Monterey, California. It was crunchy yet soft doused in a mayo dressing topped with cranberries – a delectable combination of creamy and tangy. I’ve been trying to recreate the flavor without the addition of mayonnaise to avoid the extra calories. After a few attempts, I realized that mustard, honey, and tahini can give the same results. If you don’t have tahini on hand, you can skip it (Tahini is a dense sesame seed paste commonly known as a key ingredient in hummus). Personally, I love the nutty flavor it imparts to the salad.
Classic Broccoli Salad Recipe
- To make broccoli salad, first and foremost, blanch the broccoli florets. To do this, bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a teaspoon of salt. Now add the broccoli florets in boiling water for 2 minutes.
- Remove the florets with a slotted spoon and immerse in cold water. Doing so will ensure that the broccoli is tender yet crisp.
- Mix the dressing ingredients. Adjust to your taste. The recommended proportions are just guidelines and you may find you prefer a sweeter, tangier or spicier flavor.
- Assemble all the ingredients together and preferably let the salad marinate for 20 minutes. Unlike most salads, this recipe stays well in the fridge.
- Serve with boiled eggs for a full meal.
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