Hopelessly Devoted to You, Broccoli


Every now and then I find a recipe that sounds really good. I save it, but it’s a rare day when I try something new. Except this time, because I tried broccoli salad from the Kitchn, and it’s a winner.

Deb at Smitten Kitchen wrote about craving this during her pregnancy. I don’t know what it is, but it’s absolutely true. I love this salad — I’ve eaten it four times this week. I think about it at the store. I think about it before I go to sleep. It’s hopeless. I’m addicted to a side dish.

I follow the recipe pretty closely, but I skip the red onion and sometimes add crumbled bacon. ┬áDeb varies the recipe with a blue cheese dressing. If you’re planning to eat it right away, use a smidge less vinegar. It’s best the second day, so it makes an ideal side dish to make ahead for an event. I’m bringing it to every potluck I attend from now ’til eternity.

I know you have some new recipes to try too! Take a look through your bookmarks, and make plans to try one this week. What are you going to cook?
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  1. You couldn’t be addicted to anything more healthy. I have a nephew who clears the relish tray of fresh broccoli and has since he was about two. (I’ve never known a kid to do that before!) I doubt that I would use currents, but I’m guessing I could substitute raisins. Nothing like a salad that you crave!! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Wow – I’m not pregnant, but that looks good! Especially with bacon, yum.

    I’m not one to try lots of new recipes, except when it comes to baking with my three preschoolers. We’re always up for an experiment!


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  3. I don’t own a food processor, so I think I’ll try this recipe with broccoli slaw mix. It sounds delicious. : )

    • We usually just chop up the broccoli with a knife. It doesn’t take too long.

  4. kimberlee says:

    Oh, I just had some this weekend! I ADORE broccoli salad and it’s such a great thing to make for big parties because the ingredients are so simple! We use Craisins in ours. Yummy!!

  5. Looks YUM-O! Just bookmarked it!

    This week, I am trying these cookies and creme chocolate pudding pops. I think they’ll probably be a hit!

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  6. 7 months pregnant here, and can’t get enough broccoli!! I love this salad too… but then, there’s pretty much nothing about Broccoli that I don’t already love.

  7. Smitten Kitchen and Small notebook are the two blogs I look at each day. I’m glad you found each other. : ) The combination of reading your words of encouragement and drooling over her delicious treats and recipes give me a boost and get my mind headed in the right direction (well…’a’ direction anyway). : )

  8. Looks very yummy. Like all the variations, too.

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  9. I have never liked broccoli salad. And I hate raisins in anything. But, the way you went on and on and on about this, I wondered if I was missing something.

    So I made a half batch. The food processor makes it really tiny bits, so it looked different than yours. And I only had raisins. And I used toasted pecans because that’s what I had. And I threw in some gorgonzola ’cause you mentioned the blue cheese dressing.

    And oh my word.

    That’s good. I think I have a new infatuation. And I’m not pregnant. ;) Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Sounds heavenly!! Do you think it would work if I substituted about 1/2 the mayo for non-fat Greek Yogurt instead? I’m really watching my calories and I am addicted to Greek Yogurt! Love your blog. I check here a few times a week! Thanks for a great blog!

  11. Do you know what’s going on my shopping list??? I can’t stop thinking about this salad! And it was really filling yesterday. That’s all I ate for lunch. LOL.

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  12. I LOVE broccoli and will definitely try this. Salads, just about any salad, is usually my first choice when faced with a menu.

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  13. When I saw this on Smitten Kitchen recently, I knew I wanted to try it, too – just haven’t had a chance yet. If I was pregnant again I’m sure I would’ve run to the store by now for the ingredients, though. I’m breastfeeding so my insane cravings are still there, just not quite as loud/insistent.

    I just saw my friend Kim (who lives near Tokyo – I live in between Osaka and Kobe) had posted about a homemade version of furikake (seasonings for topping rice), and I’m going to try her version. My preschooler loves furikake, but if you buy it in the store it’s loaded with MSG and extra sodium. Here’s her homemade version: http://kimskantancooking.blogspot.com/2009/06/furikake-sprinkles-for-top-of-your.html. Sounds good!

  14. It’s really good with a can of mandarin oranges, too.

    @Julie — I always make it with plain non-fat yogurt instead of mayo and it’s great. I imagine Greek yogurt would be too.

  15. I just made this tonight for the family I work for. It’s tasty! I used walnuts and more lemon juice instead of vinegar due to food allergies. I’d like to make it for myself. I bet using yogurt adds a nice tang.

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  16. (singsong voice) Guess what I bought yesterday for $0.88/lb?

    Broccoli crowns! Yes, my husband doesn’t know what he’s in for this weekend. (He probably won’t eat it, but he’ll have to watch me eat it.) ;)

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  17. O I love a brocolli and always have – it goes into just about anything we eat as I have come to regard it almost as a condiment. When we are getting low on brocolli I become anxious – chuckles – I get more anxious than if we are getting low on toothpaste for example. Thanks for the great recipe – you should try this with smoked turkey breast instead of the bacon – it’s splendid too.

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  18. Kristie says:

    I’m reading through your past posts and TOTALLY know the craving for this broccoli slaw when pregnant, I happened to get some at the grocery store salad bar earlier in the week but am thrilled to have a recipe to try out on my own. Keep up the great posts! They’re such a great balance of all the things important to you (like cravings :)