Broccoli Salad Recipe Activity

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Updated on Mar 6, 2012

Here's a sweet way to get your child to eat her vegetables. This blanched broccoli salad is dressed up with kid-friendly ingredients like dried cherries and crowd-pleasing bacon. Kids are sure to love the satisfying crunch of the broccoli and almonds, wrapped in creamy dressing with just the right amount of tang. Your child may be hesitant to dig into so much broccoli at first, but one taste and she's sure to change her mind!

What You Need:

  • 2 large bunches broccoli florets
  • ½ cup carrots, shredded
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 8 slices center cut bacon, cooked and crumbled (can also use turkey bacon)
  • ½ cup raisins and dried cherries (throw in some halved grapes, too!)
  • 1 cup mayo (can substitute nonfat mayo, sour cream, or yogurt)
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons good balsamic vinegar or good apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup peanut free sliced almonds or sunflower seeds (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Blanch the broccoli for 1 minute in boiling salted water, drain, and shock in an ice bath to stop the cooking (a bowl of ice water). Have the ice bath ready before blanching. This step is optional, but blanching serves to soften the broccoli slightly and brings out a beautiful bright shade of green.
  2. Ask your child to drain the broccoli again really well or pat them dry on a clean towel.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.

Did You Know?

The word broccoli comes from the Latin word brachium, which means “branch” or “arm.” Broccoli is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, and fiber. It contains phytochemicals that may help reduce the risk of cancer and prevent stomach ulcers.

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