A Simple Broccoli Salad Dressing
This tasty broccoli salad dressing is best made the day before. Pour it over your favorite broccoli salad recipe and leave it overnight, so the flavors can really develop. You can use half mayonnaise and half plain yogurt if you prefer a lighter dressing.
To prepare the salad, you should blanch some broccoli florets in boiling salty water for one minute. This is just long enough to tenderize the broccoli but still leave it with some bite. This means it is firm enough for the salad but does not have that “raw broccoli” texture which a lot of people dislike. Drain it in your colander and then let it steam-dry on a clean towel. This is an important step because the broccoli salad dressing will cling better to dry broccoli.
You might prefer to steam the broccoli, rather than blanching it. This is also possible but you should give it a couple of minutes at most. Fully cooked broccoli is too soft to work in a broccoli salad because it will fall to pieces when you stir it with the other ingredients. Nice additions to a broccoli salad include crumbled bacon, blue cheese or feta cheese, chopped tomatoes, chives, chopped jalapenos, red onion and slivered almonds. You might like to choose a few of those.
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 5 tablespoons salad vinegar
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- Whisk the mayonnaise, sugar, salad vinegar, and black pepper together in a small bowl.
- Pour this dressing over your broccoli salad and toss well to coat.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours so the flavors can develop.
We like to include red onion and nuts in our homemade broccoli salad, as you can see, but you can also make it just with broccoli if you prefer. This creamy dressing for broccoli salad is made by combining mayonnaise with vinegar, black pepper, and sugar, for a well-balanced result which is neither too savory nor too sweet. Blanch or steam your broccoli, then combine it with your creamy homemade dressing. The finished salad makes a gorgeous side dish which is just as healthy as it is tasty, and it goes nicely with any kind of meat, fish or poultry.
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