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Welcome to another edition of Tasty Tuesdays! It is still spring here in the Foothills, but it feels like summer! Our unseasonably warm weather has me thinking of barbecuing. What goes well with a great steak, ribs or chicken from the grill? Broccoli Slaw!

Now if you are looking for convenience, they do have a mix of broccoli and other veges in the pre-made section of the grocery store. I like to put this together myself. It is easy, and you can clean out your vegetable drawer. To make this side salad, prepare this about four hours before you plan on eating it! This allows the lovely flavors of the mixture to meld. So, come along with me as we head into the kitchen to make this very tasty slaw!

Ingredients
1 cup of mayonnaise
4 TBS sugar
2 TBS white wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
1 broccoli crown, medium in size
2 green onions
5-7 radishes
1 carrot
1 large stalk of celery
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

First, I like to get the dressing made for the cole slaw. This is so easy! In a bowl mix together the mayo, sugar, and vinegar. You want to make sure that the mixture is smooth. Add a bit of salt, and several grinds of fresh black pepper. Set this aside.

Slaw sauce mixture

Slaw sauce mixture

Now get out a large mixing bowl. Wash the broccoli. Cut the broccoli close to the flower heads. Do not throw away that stem! With the flower head make small cuts so that you have a bunch of little florets. Add these to your mixing bowl. Now for those stems…Using the larger part of the stem, trim away the hard outer covering, the slice and dice the stem and add this to your bowl.

Take your green onion, trim off the roots and about an inch off of the green tops and slice. Add these to the mixing bowl. Now for the radishes, trim off the root and the greens. Slice the radishes so that you have little circles, then slice those circles into strips and add to your mixing bowl. For the carrots: Wash, then peel. Cut the carrot in four pieces. Then cut the pieces lengthwise into four. Then slice the quarters into little cubes. Add these to the mixing bowl. Was and trim the celery, Cut these the same way we did the carrots. Into the mixing bowl these go! Now stir this up until you have an even blend of veges. It should look like this:

Vegetable mixture of broccoli slaw

Vegetable mixture of broccoli slaw

Pretty colors, eh?

Now, add to this the cheddar cheese. And mix it up good.

Slaw with Cheddar added

Slaw with Cheddar added

The cheddar gives this an amazing texture!

Now add in the dressing and stir it up so that the vegetables are evenly coated. Let this sit for 4 or more hours, and then when your grilled meats are ready, serve it up!

The finished slaw

The finished slaw

Now wasn’t that easy? Other vegetables that would be good in this recipe are red cabbage, kale, fresh peas…I leave that up to you!

Thanks for stopping by today for another edition of Tasty Tuesday and stay tuned for a new recipe next week! Be well! ^..^

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We needed to lighten things up a bit here as we had that marvelous bacon wrapped pork loin last night. So tonight I tried to lighten this up with a salad. I like lots of veges in a salad, and tonight’s salad was really good, plus I have enough left over for lunch tomorrow! Always looking forward!

Ingredients
3/4 of a good size head of Romaine lettuce
1 large tomato, cut into chunks
3 large crimini mushrooms, coarsely chopped
1 large carrot, sliced
1 thick slice of ham, cut into 1/4″ cubes
1 thick slice of turkey, cut into 1/4″ cubes
3 pieces of hearts of palm, sliced thinly
2 stalks of celery, sliced thinly
1 – 4″ piece of cucumber, cut into quarters then sliced
4 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled
2 hard cooked eggs, sliced
1 avacado, sliced
4 radishes, cut into sections for decoration, and eating of course!
1/8 cup of raw sunflower seeds
1 cup of cheddar cheese, grated

Start with the Romaine. Wash this well, and use a salad spinner to remove excess water.

Romaine lettuce cleaned and torn for the salad

Then lay out in sections the rest of the ingredients. I did a section of each of the ingredients, and placed the bacon in the center, leaving an open area for the radishes. After placing the eggs on the salad, I then sprinkled it with the sunflower seeds, and cheddar.

Finished salad!

Toss the salad with your favorite dressing and serve!

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Tired of the same old cabbage cole slaw? Here is a recipe that I created for a slaw that used broccoli as the main ingredient. This is a quick and easy recipe and it is a good accompaniment to BBQ, baked ham, or just a plain old sandwich…

Ingredients
1 large broccoli crown
2 green onions
5 red radishes
1 stalk of celery
1 large carrot
1 cup grated medium cheddar cheese
1 cup of mayonnaise
4 tbs sugar
2 tbs white wine vinegar
salt and pepper

Starting with the broccoli, slice up the stem then chop. Cut individual florets from the crown. Use all the broccoli. Add this to a glass mixing bowl. Then chop the green onions, radishes, celery and carrots. Add to bowl and combine. Your mixture should resemble the one below:

Vegetable mixture of broccoli slaw

Next you want to add in the cheddar cheese.

Slaw with Cheddar added

Next, in a bowl add the mayonnaise, sugar, white wine vinegar and a couple of shakes of salt and pepper. Mix until mixture is smooth.

Slaw sauce mixture

Add this to the bowl of mixed vegetables, and combine to ensure that the dressing covers the vegetables.

The finished slaw

Let this sit for about a day. The juices from the vegetables will increase as they do in a regular cole slaw. This makes about 6 servings. Enjoy the flavors!

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