Broccoli Ranch Salad

Each month seems to go by faster and faster & we’re already at our monthly Recipe Redux challenge!

This month we were challenged to use at least 3 ingredients we had on hand, really trying not to buy anything new, to make a fun recipe to share! A kitchen spring cleaning, if you will!

I love this concept! It’s especially great for time-saving, penny pinching needs when you can’t or don’t want to get to the store. Just find what you have on hand and try to whip up something delicious and nutritious. Sounds easy, right?

Not so much, it’s like trying to play Chopped in your own kitchen, minus the strict time limits {and fierce competition}.

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I had all of these ingredients on hand from items not fully used in previous recipes to staples I always have in my house. I did a little chop, toss, and twisted a family favorite pasta salad recipe that closely resembles it only makes it many times more nutritious and still delicious.

It all starts with broccoli crowns or a head of broccoli. Simply break off the florets, trim as needed, and toss into a bowl. I had the broccoli sitting in the fridge as it was intended to use with dinner in our weekly meal plan, but plans changed and then I needed to use up the broccoli before it went bad. Enter this salad recipe.

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Next, just add in whatever veggies you have on hand. I opted for red onion, which is always in my pantry and grape or cherry tomatoes because they are a delicious pop-in-your-mouth snack while cooking. Cauliflower, sliced kale, or even leftover cabbage would be nice additions, too!

I also added a few slices of no-nitrate or nitrite pepperoni, a leftover ingredient we use in our homemade pizza nights.

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The next step is to assemble the dressing. Instead of using a store-bought ranch dressing or needing to run to the grocery for the packet of mix to make your own- I made my own mix! It helps to have a well stocked cabinet of spices and seasoning.

If you don’t have something on hand, challenge yourself to leave it out or make a similar substitution. I usually look up the ingredients of a ready-made product that I’d like to replicate  as my starting point of ingredients to use at home.

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Mix the dressing together with some plain strained yogurt, drizzle it over the veggie mixture, and toss everything together!

This salad is great because:

  1. It’s not a traditional salad so it adds a nice change up to a usual routine!
  2. It can go with a lot of other dishes from a side at lunch to a veggie with pizza night to a vegetable option at a picnic!
  3. It tastes great right away and doesn’t need to marinate for the flavors to develop!

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Italian-Style Broccoli Salad

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

2 broccoli crowns, florets trimmed

1 pint grape tomatoes, whole or halved

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

4 slices, no nitrate|no nitrite pepperoni, julienne or diced

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon Homemade Ranch Mix {see recipe below}

2 teaspoons Salad Supreme

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 clove garlic, grated

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

couple dashes hot sauce

freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Prep the base: Add the broccoli, tomatoes, red onion, and pepperoni to a bowl.

Prepare the dressing: Mix together the Greek yogurt with the homemade ranch mix, salad supreme seasoning, Worchestershire, grated fresh garlic, apple cider vinegar, hot sauce, and black pepper. Mix well to combine.

Put it all together. Toss and enjoy anytime you need a side veggie!

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For the no added salt homemade ranch mix:

2 tablespoons dried parsley

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons dried onion flake

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried dill

1 teaspoon dried chives {I actually used a blend of freeze dried salad herbs that was mostly dried chives along with some other herbs}

freshly ground black pepper

Combine in a mason jar and use as needed.

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Can you whip this recipe up with ingredients you have already at home?

Always remember, you can twist it to make your own version!

xo,

Becca

To find out other great recipes from this month’s recipe redux, make sure to check out the following link:

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