Wednesday, October 1, 2014

broccoli & bacon salad with creamy balsamic dressing

4 slices bacon
1 large head broccoli
1/4 cup Healthy Homemade Mayonnaise 
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons minced shallot
sea salt and black pepper to taste

Slice the bacon crosswise into 1/4-inch strips and cook it in a skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and set it on paper towels to drain. Reserve the bacon fat for another use.

Chop the broccoli into large florets. Steam the broccoli in a basket over 1 inch of boiling water until it’s bright green but not overdone, about 5 minutes. Place the steamed broccoli in a large bowl of ice water to “shock” it—this will keep it from cooking further and maintain its bright color. Drain in a colander. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, shallot, salt, and pepper.

In a serving bowl, toss the broccoli with the dressing, then garnish with the bacon strips. Serve at room temperature.

Sanfilippo, Diane (2013-12-29). The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally (Kindle Locations 3932-3934). Victory Belt Publishing. Kindle Edition.

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