Low-Carb Broccoli Salad with Bacon Recipe

Bacon and broccoli salad
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  • Prep Time
    20 min
  • Cook Time
    2 min
  • Total Time
    22 min
  • Yield
    10 servings Broccoli-Bacon Salad

This Low-Carb Broccoli Salad with Bacon recipe is unlike most traditional broccoli salad recipes that have a fair amount of carb, due to sugar in the dressing and raisins.

I've attempted to reduce the sugar, but keep the same salty-sweet flavor combination of the classic cold broccoli salad.

I do this partially by substituting currants for the more traditional raisins. Since currants are much smaller, you get the same little punches of sweetness with less sugar.

If you'd still prefer raisins, you can chop them up into small pieces to get bits of flavor while using less overall.

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (4 1/2 teaspoons, or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar substitute, preferably zero carb, such as liquid forms
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons dried currants or raisins chopped into small pieces
  • Salad:
  • 2 large stalks of broccoli (chopped to about 5 cups of flowerettes and peeled stem)
  • 1/2 pound bacon (cooked until crisp, drained and blotted of excess fat, and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (not salted)

Preparation

Make the Dressing

  • In a large bowl, mix together 3/4 cup mayonnaise, 4 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice or to taste, 1 tablespoon sugar substitute, preferably zero carb, and a pinch each of salt and pepper (adjust to taste). Add 1/4 cup finely chopped onion and 2 tablespoons dried currants or raisins chopped into small pieces.

Parboil the Broccoli

  • Blanch 2 large stalks of broccoli (chopped to equal about 5 cups of flowerettes and peeled stem) by either boiling it or microwaving it for 1 to 2 minutes. It should still be crunchy, just not as hard as when it's raw. Quickly cool it in ice water, or by running it under cold tap water.

    Make the Salad

    • To the bowl of dressing, add the blanched broccoli, 1/2 pound bacon cooked until crisp, drained and chopped, and 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds. Mix well to make sure everything is coated with the dressing.
       
    • If you'd like, save a little of the sunflower seeds and bacon to sprinkle over the top.

    Nutritional Information: Each of 10 servings has 3 grams effective carbohydrate plus 2.5 grams fiber, 6 grams protein, and 203 calories.

    Read More About Dried Currants

    Dried currants are actually dark red, black Corinth seedless grapes dried to produce a black, tiny fruit. The name "currant" comes from the ancient Greek city of "Corinth."

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