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I’m trying to eat healthier. Is there a substitute for the Mayo?
Hi, Trisha! I actually think this recipe would be quite delicious without the mayo! It would be lighter and more salad-like. Why don’t you try making the dressing without it and then give it a taste before adding it to the vegetables? You could also try just cutting the mayo in half and using less. Enjoy!
I’ve made this a few times, and it’s easy, tasty, and popular. I use the pre-cut broccoli slaw, and sometimes I vary the vinegars slightly, like a white balsamic or red apple cider, depending on what I’m serving it with. Also great with toasted sunflower seeds on top. I don’t like traditional cole slaw, so I’m really happy to have found this alternative!
I made this with pre packaged broccoli slaw mix. It was lovely. I used a bit more orange juice and zest since we were begifted a box of oranges. Yummy and refreshing.
I have been eating Broc. Slaw for 12 plus years. I must confess to only ever buying the pre-packaged Slaw which is also organic nowadays . I love it raw, steamed and stir fried.
I feel the same way about broccoli florets. Those little buds get stuck in your teeth..drives me crazy! I especially like broccoli slaw (the kind you find prepared in the bag, though I could make it myself!) used for stir fry. It retains the crunch yet cooks through quickly. Of course, nothing beats using those stems for slaw!
Broccoli, and garlic are like glo-sticks. To maximize the healing power of broccoli, cut and let sit for 20 minutes for the beneficial nutrients to form.
Very interesting, thanks John!
My husband and I enjoy eating our broccoli steamed, then coated with the lightest dab of butter. I REALLY dislike the florets. It’s the texture. No, it’s the flavor. Yeah, I don’t like anything about the florets. So we slice up the stems for me. It’s one of those Jack Sprat sort of arrangements. I get the yummy, sweet stems and he gets the yucky florets! We just slice the stems up thinly so they cook to a barely tender state.
It is a curious thing about eating raw broccoli in salads, isn’t it? I too find the nicest little raw broccoli heads like eating a bit of a plastic sponge! Ugh! For me, blanching or a quick zap in the micro wave, usually is enough to make them palatable, when cool. And, sometimes halving or quartering makes them more appealing. Oddly, that the slender 2nd growth of single heads that form after the first cluster is harvested, are usually quite tender (almost willowy) and just fine for salads. I was reminded of this recently when I saw bunches of these ‘2nd growth heads’ being sold like bunches of radishes at the local produce store. Of course, they were at a price that made me blink! But, I was happy to see them, all the same. I very much like the stems as well and look forward to trying this recipe!
I totally agree about raw florets!
I learned about the tastiness of broccoli stems from my grandmother, who peeled and shared them with me when we cooked together. It was one of those little “cook’s treats”, a perk for being the one in the kitchen. It never occurred to either of us to make them into a table dish, and it was many years later before I first saw broccoli slaw. I guess the secret is out!
Delicious! Thank you for your ideas!
I just finished an episode of Jacques Pepin’s “Fast Food My Way” in which he said that he thinks the stem is the most flavorful part of the broccoli. This makes two respected authorities in the span of about half an hour giving me unsought confirmation for what I knew all along!
I think it tastes a lot like kohlrabi.
Hi Chris, I hadn’t thought of it, but you’re right, it does taste a lot like kohlrabi!
I would love this slaw sitting on a pulled pork sandwich – Tennessee style.
I love brocolli slaw, and as much as I love brocolli I too hate the florets raw!
Cauliflower florets raw, however, are great!
I make brocolli slaw with dried cranberries and mixed chopped nuts. I will definitely try it with your dressing next time – it sounds fantastic!!!
Thanks for another great recipe. Glad you’re finally feeling better …
I absolutely love broccoli stems and this looks delicious! Just so that i don;t confuse it with something healthy though, a bit of crumbled bacon mixed in would not be a bad thing.
love broccoli slaw! my store normally only sells the crowns, so I go for the pre shredded broccoli stems… love the addition of plumped up dried cranberries, what a great way to add a little sweetness!