Broccoli Salad


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I have discovered something new this week. Okay, it is something really, really old, but new to me – pomegranate seeds.  They always sounded so exotic to me and I wouldn’t have any idea how to get at them. Luckily for me, you can find just about anything on the internet! 

My husband and I were grocery shopping together. This in itself is a rare event. At this point I am just happy if he eats anything (he is suffering from severe liver damage).

I was hoping a visit to the grocery store would clue him in to why I spend so much money there. He did notice how high prices have gotten in the last 10 years, but somehow I don’t think I have been completely absolved. *sigh*  But I digress.

So we decided, jointly, to purchase a pomegranate, or two.  I still didn’t quite know what to do with it, so it kind of sat there until it started looking a little sad and weeping little red tears on my kitchen counter.

Actually all you have to do is put it in a bowl of cool water. The take a sharp knife and cut it along its 3 membranes and tediously remove the seeds and put them in a strainer. Now, I wasn’t sure how to eat them. I tasted one and it was kind of tart and sweet. It reminded me of cranberry juice. Which I guess is why you see cranberry-pomegranate juice, duh.  So i was sucking out the juice and spitting out the pit. I thought that can’t be right, so I bit one. Ahh…that’s it. You first get a tart and sweet juicy flavor, followed by a crunchy nutty flavor. So I decided to add them to my new favorite, healthy salad.

This broccoli salad is healthy because it has broccoli, grapes or raisins, pomegranate seeds, and is dressed with a yogurt dressing. If you don’t want to use the pomegranate seeds, you can leave them out. It is still good without them.

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Broccoli Salad

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup red grapes, halved or 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds, optional

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

 

Instructions:

I normally mix the dressing ingredients in a medium-sized bowl then drop in the salad ingredients. Mix everything to combine. That’s it.  This keeps well to take to work.

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