Broccoli Salad with Turkey Bacon Recipe

Bacon and broccoli salad
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Total Time 22 min
Prep 20 min, Cook 2 min
Yield 10 servings (120 calories each)

This Broccoli Salad with Turkey Bacon recipe is unlike most traditional broccoli salad recipes with its natural ingredients. It keeps the same salty-sweet flavor combination of the classic cold broccoli salad, but brings out more flavor with more lemon juice than usual and the use of currants instead of raisins. The sunflower seeds add much-needed crunch. Since currants are much smaller, you get the same little punches of sweetness with less sugar.

Ingredients

  • For the Dressing:
  • 3/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (4 1/2 teaspoons, or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons date paste
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons dried currants chopped into small pieces
  • For the Salad:
  • 2 large stalks of broccoli (chopped to about 5 cups of florets and peeled stem)
  • 1/4 pound turkey bacon 
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (not salted)

Preparation

  1. Cook the turkey bacon until crisp, drain the drippings and blot the bacon of excess fat. Chop the turkey bacon into half-inch to inch-sized pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all dressing ingredients, and add salt and pepper to taste. After these are well combined, add finely chopped onion and the dried currants.
  3. Blanch the large stalks of broccoli (chopped to equal about 5 cups of florets 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.
  1. 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.
  2. If you'd like, save a little of the sunflower seeds and bacon to sprinkle over the top.

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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