The other night for Halloween, Dwight and I were going to head on over to a friends house to watch the little ones trick or treat and I wanted to take something for people to snack on. First things first, it’s a vegetarian house and most people attending were going to be vegetarian – so clearly it was going to be a vegetarian snack :).
After thinking along the lines of Halloween inspired foods, I headed into the complete opposite direction and landed on tortilla rollups and maybe a dip/salad to go along with it. At first I got all excited and was thinking Sicilian Caponata, but then I realized it was already 3pm and didn’t have time for it to marinate. Bummer. And then for some reason I just landed on broccoli slaw. I guess why not, right?
I think why my mind went that way is that it really is the perfect fall picnic salad/slaw. You’ve got cabbage, apples, dried cranberries, carrots and of course – broccoli! Being from the south, I do know that a lot of these broccoli slaw recipes have two rather unhealthy ingredients to them: fried noodles and mayonnaise. I didn’t want mayo or fried noodles in my salad. I wanted fresh, light and healthy. And this where my favorite poppyseed dressing comes in! Well, there’s actually two favorite ones. Brianna’s Poppyseed dressing is a really good vegan dressing, where as the low-fat Annie’s Poppyseed is vegetarian. I had the Annie’s in my fridge so I used that, but seriously, the Brianna’s is pretty darn good too!!!
Quick Cooking Tip: Buy the store bought cabbage slaw from Trader Joe’s and sometimes Publix, will cut the time in half. (I on the other hand, made the broccoli slaw by scratch) Then you’ll just add in apples and dried cranberries to the mix before adding the dressing.
So the next time you need a quick, healthy and delicious salad, give this broccoli slaw a go.
P.S. It makes a pretty good vegetarian roll up too 🙂
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Healthy Broccoli Slaw with Apples, Dried Cranberries & Cabbage
- 2 bags of broccoli slaw
- 1 small apple
- 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
- 1/2 red onion
- 1/2 cup of a poppyseed dressing
- Start with slicing the red onion very thin and then cutting the slices in half. You will also want to do the same thing with the apple.
- Combine all of the ingredients. Mix well and season with just a pinch of salt.
- Let sit for about 30 minutes before serving. This allows all the flavors to develop.