A Recipe to Kickstart Your Spring Tastebuds- Broccoli Slaw Salad! (2024)

In case you didn’t already know- I’m secretly obsessed with dried fruit and nuts. I want them in EVERYTHING. Salads, oatmeal, trailmix (duh), protein bars, protein pancakes, etc. I love dried fruit but unfortunately I never really treat myself to much dried fruit these days. I had bought some craisins (dried cranberries) in a moment of weakness a week ago and was wondering what kind of recipe I could use it in so that I could eat it a little bit of a time instead of 4 handfuls at once (it can easily be done!). During this initial period of brainstorming, I was having an odd craving for broccoli slaw and then boom. I realized this would be a perfect combination. I had some almond slivers in the pantry too that I needed to use so I quickly got to work making this scrumptious summery dish.

1/4 cup sliced raw almonds
1 12-oz package broccoli slaw
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp Greek yogurt (I omitted this because I’m not eating dairy but this would give it a creamier texture)
1-1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 packets Stevia
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:On a nonstick skillet (or in a toaster over), toast the almond slivers on medium heat. Remove the almonds and place them in a small bowl with the dried cranberries.
Next, mix the rest of your ingredients in a bowl (except for the broccoli slaw) and whisk together until everything is completely mixed. Add your cranberries and almonds into the bowl.
Place your broccoli slaw in a dish and pour over/stir in the dressing. Place the salad into the fridge to chill for a couple hours and then enjoy!

Doesn’t that just look so fresh and delicious?! I love broccoli slaw made this way. Some other things you could add into this would be golden raisins, onions, balsamic vinegar, orange slices, cucumber or any other ingredients you like in your salad!

Anyways, there’s some other stuff I wanted to share with you today. I’ve kinda kept this on the DL because I don’t want to appear fickle jumping back and forth on diets but for the past week I’ve been doing paleo once more. I did it for several days a month ago and then quickly jumped back on the grain train because I thought I wouldn’t be able to gain any muscle without stuffing my face with brown rice and oats. After 3 weeks of doing just that I felt sick, tired, sleepy, puffy and worst of all- I was counting calories and macros every single day and it was driving me….CRAZY. I can honestly say, after 2 years of counting calories, I need a big break. I’m supposed to be bulking, hello?! This is the fun part where I get to eat CLEAN and train MEAN without having to count every ounce of food and measure all my portions. For bulking, I’m still eating very healthy of course and I have a good idea of portion sizes just by eyeballing it, but now that I haven’t had grains for a few days I’m starting to feel a little hungrier than normal. I think my body is starting to realize carbs aren’t going to be my main source of energy now, but fats as well. I’m planning on eating 1 piece of fruit in the morning and then a little over 1 cup of sweet potatoes after my workout. The rest of my carbs will come from veggies and maybe a few other startchy veggie carbs here and there like yams, if I get particularly hungry.

One of the main reasons why I am doing this is to 1. feel better on the inside and 2. take a new approach to building muscle. I’ve done the average 40-30-30 zone diet and it hasn’t given me all that much improvement so maybe with my body type more fats will do me some good. This may not work out perfectly, but it’s worth a shot. I at least FEEL better. From what I’ve read, the paleo diet is GREAT for maintaining muscle and getting lean and if done right- putting on size as well. Most likely, I’m not going to be a “paleo purist” though. I’m going to continue to use Stevia and occasionally honey in my recipes (like this one), I’m not going to eat ALL grassfed/organic foods because I can’t afford it (college life…ahh) and the closest I’m going to get to bacon will probably be turkey bacon. I just don’t think I can mentally wrap my mind around bacon being okay, not for now at least! I AM going to start eating a lot more beef though. Animal fats are indeed great, especially when all other processed foods have been exiled. If you’re a caveman who’s building muscle give me a shout out and let me know what your experience has been like:)

A Recipe to Kickstart Your Spring Tastebuds- Broccoli Slaw Salad! (2024)


What is broccoli slaw dressing made of? ›

1For the dressing: Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until smooth. 2For the slaw: Add the broccoli slaw, broccoli florets, carrots, cabbage, green onions, raisins, and sunflower kernels to the dressing; stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.

Can you freeze raw broccoli slaw? ›

Can you freeze a bag of broccoli slaw? Yes, you can freeze broccoli slaw mix, but we'd recommend freezing it before you add any dressing. And go ahead and protect the broccoli slaw by storing it in a freezer bag before it goes into the deep freeze. The slaw will last in the fridge up to 6 months.

What does broccoli salad contain? ›

What Is in Broccoli Salad?
  • Raw broccoli florets. Yep, no need to blanch broccoli for this salad. ...
  • Bacon. Cooked until crispy, then minced.
  • Raw red onion, also minced.
  • Sunflower seeds, for crunch. Look for the unsalted kind.
  • Raisins.
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What vitamins are in broccoli slaw? ›

Broccoli Slaw
Vitamin A 35%Vitamin C 120%
Calcium 4%Iron 4%

Does broccoli slaw go bad? ›

Home-made broccoli slaw can also last up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator. If you decided to freeze it, broccoli slaw can last for 12 months but it might get really soggy when defrosted.

Why can't you freeze coleslaw? ›

The disappointing results are compounded in coleslaw, in particular, because of the cabbage. Cabbage releases so much water when cut, and even more when it's frozen and thawed, the salad will be entirely waterlogged. So, if soggy, grainy coleslaw isn't what you're after, then freezing is probably not the best choice.

Is it better to freeze broccoli raw or cooked? ›

Broccoli — florets and stems — must be blanched for effective freezing. If you freeze it raw, you'll wind up with bitter, drab green, shriveled stems. Blanching preserves the bright green color and tasty flavor. You can either blanch in boiling water for three minutes or steam for five minutes.

Is broccoli slaw made from broccoli? ›

It's got the classic slaw veggies—shredded cabbage and carrots—with the addition of raw broccoli, toasted walnuts, and sweet craisins tossed in a maple and lemon dressing. It's as easy as it is zesty, crisp, and delicious.

What is hummus dressing made of? ›

  • ½ cup hummus.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley.
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro.
  • 1 tablespoon water, or more as needed.
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar.
  • 1 clove garlic, minced.
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Is broccoli slaw made from broccoli stems? ›

The next time you cut into a head of fresh broccoli, don't toss the stems—use them to make this crunchy broccoli slaw. Broccoli stems are not only edible, they're healthy too—they offer essential nutrients, like fiber and vitamin C, just like the rest of the head.

How nutritious is broccoli slaw? ›

3 oz of broccoli slaw (Cleaned and Cut Organic - Wegmans) contains 25 Calories. The macronutrient breakdown is 71% carbs, 0% fat, and 29% protein. This is a good source of vitamin a (35% of your Daily Value) and vitamin c (120% of your Daily Value).

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