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Hungry Girl Today: 6.9.15
CHEW THE RIGHT THING
HG's Next-Level Broccoli-Bacon Salad
B.R.O.C. in the U.S.A.
It's officially cookout season, and grilled goodies need scoopable salads to go with 'em. (That's just how it's done.) Prepare to meet your new go-to summer side dish...
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
6 strips center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
4 cups small broccoli florets
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
2 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cup halved grapes
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
While waiting for the water to boil, cook bacon until crispy, either in a skillet or in the microwave. (See package for cook time and temperature.)
Fill a large bowl with ice and cold water.
Add broccoli to the boiling water. Cook until bright green and crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer broccoli to the ice water.
In a medium bowl, whisk mayo with vinegar until uniform. Chop or crumble bacon.
Once broccoli is completely cool, drain water and remove any ice cubes. Pat dry, if needed. Add bacon, pepper, and onion. Top with mayo mixture, and stir to coat. Fold in tomatoes and grapes.
MAKES 6 SERVINGS
Serving Size: 1/6th of recipe (about 1 cup)
Sat Fat: 1g
PointsPlus® value 3*
SmartPoints® value 3*
HG Tip: If making this dish the day before serving it, don't add the bacon until you're ready to serve. Soggy bacon = sad times.
Broccoli Salad with Bacon, Average
Don't Get Cocky, Broccoli…
People often think that because a salad is veggie based, it's automatically healthy, no matter what crazy slew of ingredients has been mixed into it. As if crunchy greenery somehow cancels out gloppy mayo, fatty bacon, loads of nuts, and sugary dried fruit... They're broccoli florets, not tiny magic wands! That's not to say you shouldn't dig into a broccoli salad -- you just need to make sure it's the right one. Our dish is an addictive mix of salty, sweet, and tangy... It deserves a place of honor at every cookout this season. Using fresh fruit is a much better move than adding the dried stuff, and you can keep the bacon -- just use a leaner version. Broccoli is about to get a serious popularity boost... as are you, once you start making this for friends and family!
Serving Size: 1 cup
PointsPlus® value 11*
Hungry for More Summery Side Dishes?
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Chinese Chicken Broccoli Slaw
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