Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Friday, November 11, 2011

Broccoli, Cranberry and Pepper Salad


I don't have a Whole Foods Market close to my home, but I do have an Earth Fare Market not too far away.  Earth Fare reminds me a lot of Whole Foods, right down the the prices!  Like Whole Foods, Earth Fare has a wonderful selection of prepared foods, a salad bar, and homemade soups.  The soups are excellent.  Short lists of real and whole ingredients.  You have to love that.  But the prepared foods are also awesome.  This weekend, I picked up a container of a Broccoli Salad that caught my eye.  Broccoli florets, red and yellow peppers, dried cranberries in a wonderful sweet mayo sauce.  When I looked at the list of ingredients, that is just what was in the salad.   The sweet mayo sauce was nothing more than Canola mayo and honey!  Surely I could duplicate this!

After a search on the internet that basically turned up nothing....not even nutrition information, I set out to try my own hand at it, and so my copycat version was born.  It is pretty darn close to the original salad that Earth Fare makes!  I didn't have any yellow peppers on hand, but next time I would add them.  Along with the red peppers they give great color to the salad.  I am thinking of adding this salad to my Thanksgiving menu.  I know it's not traditional food, but I love the colors and the sweetness about this salad, and with the cranberries, I think it would fit right in just fine!




Broccoli, Cranberry and Pepper Salad
adapted from Earth Fare Markets prepared foods


Servings - 4   Serving size - 1/4th of recipe   Points Plus per Serving - 4 Points+
Calories - 146.9,   Total Fat - 7.5g,   Carb. - 20.5g,   Protein - 2.8g,   Fiber - 3.6g

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup Canola Mayonnaise ( such as Hellman's)
1 TBS. honey 
1/3 cup dried cranberries
 Raw broccoli florets from one small bunch of broccoli, approx. 4 cups
1/4 red pepper, cut into strips
1/4 yellow pepper, cut into strips

Directions: 
In med bowl, whisk the mayo and the honey together.  Add in the cranberries.  Add in broccoli and pepper strips, toss to coat evenly.  Allow to sit in fridge for 2 hours or overnight to allow flavors to blend and cranberries to plump up a bit. 

*If you would like your broccoli a bit more tender, you can blanch it in boiling water for a few minutes than plunge it into an ice bath.  I don't mind the crunch from raw broccoli. 

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This salad is so yummy, it totally reminds me of the higher calorie broccoli salad with the bacon and the cheese...but so much healthier for you.  And you gotta love those colors!  Wow.  Beautiful! How cute would this be on your Christmas table? 

We technically got our first snow fall of the season last night.  I woke to a dusting of the white stuff on the grass and roof tops.  Ya, ok....it did look kind of pretty.  But I am not a fan of snow.  It's all melted now!  I decided I was too much of a wimp to brave the cold, so it was back to the treadmill for me this morning.  I say it every year, but I seriously need to consider moving SOUTH!  lol  

15 comments:

  1. We're south, in Florida, for the winter and woke up to 47 degrees....lol.....This salad looks really good and easy.

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  2. LOL @ Donnie...I am ok with the cold...I get used to it eventually and stay indoors...but the snow, I could do without! lol And yes, this is super easy and so good. :)

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  3. I wanted to let you know that the email address you've been usign to leave comments isn't working-I keep getting "undeliverable" messages. This is my reply to your comment: "I really have no idea! I made it twice and it was definitely better the time I used a better cut of beef but of course, I didn't notice what it was--it just looked pretty in the package. hahahahaha" As for this salad, I think it sounds great. I love broccoli salad with onions and raisins and this is a healthier version and love the cranberries instead of raisins!

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  4. Hmmmm....thanks for letting me know about the email address Veronica!

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  5. Come live in sc!!! Im not a mayo gal, but could totally do the sweetness in this! Yum

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  6. Renee, this is an awesome Salad, perfect for the holidays. Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and please come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  7. Pinned!! Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh this week!

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  8. Hi Renee, I've bookmarked this to try soon. Looks amazing. Have a great week!!!!

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  9. I love the colors in this and I will be trying it soon. I also love the really fattening one with bacon and all that jazz but I don't make it - I would want to eat it all!

    I grew up in the Midwest and I now live in Northern Ca- I don't miss the snow at all- never! When I can be out Christmas shopping with a light jacket on and the sun shining I am so grateful for where I live.

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  10. Broccoli and cranberries are two foods I would never think to combine, but I bet it's wonderful! And perfect for this time of year :)

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  11. This looks like a terrific salad. I love everything in it and it is so easy to picture the flavor that it gets, blended together. Flavor-Yummy.

    Would you link this Let's DO Brunch? This seems to be a perfect recipe for a brunch table.

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  12. I love the Earth Fare Broccoli salad, though last time I got it there wasn't much dressing on it which just makes it like eating plain old broccoli.
    Yesterday I really wanted some salad but was too lazy to drive 20 minutes to go get it. I googled broccoli salad and yours was the second one I pressed and when I saw you were doing the Earth Fare one I thought I hit the jackpot! I pinned it and made it today and it is perfect! I love it glad I pinned it and printed the recipe. Thanks so much!

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    1. thank you for your review. glad you enjoyed it!

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  13. I love Broccoli, however I have been looking for more unique recipes for it and I think this one is a winner! I love the combination of flavors and think it would be perfect to add to our menu. Recipe seems simple and direct as well!!!

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    1. I have only ever seen this salad at Earthfare! It's really good and I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by Heidy!

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