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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Broccoli Almond Chopped Salad

It's about time, I had some greenery in my posts.  Yes, I do eat my vegetables, I just don't always post about them.  I feel it's a tad bit more exciting to read and drool over baked goods and pastas, don't you think?

But, this chopped salad.  Oh, it's one of my favorites.  It's so simple and easy to make, and with hearty veggies like broccoli and carrots, it can stay in the fridge for a few days and not even get close to being mushy.  Still as crisp as the day you made it.

The husband LOVED this dish.  I loved this dish.  The kids, just kinda looked at it.  You'll have that, we'll try again next time.

Last night actually felt {almost} like a summer meal.  We grilled hot dogs {it was 60 degrees out yesterday!}, and then ate them with baked beans, this chopped salad and some leftover egg salad.  Kinda random, but totally reminded me of summer nights, grilling outside and topping it off with some cold side dishes.

But, today is December 1st.  I do need to remember that.  I'm sure our days of meals like this are numbered.

Broccoli Almond Chopped Salad
1 head of broccoli
1 large carrot
1/2 c. sliced almonds
1/2 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. mayo
2 T. red wine vinegar
1 t. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 t. pepper

In a small bowl combine buttermilk, mayo, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper, set aside.  In a small skillet place in almonds to toast over medium heat, stirring often, until golden brown, remove from heat.

Chop broccoli into large chunks, then into thin slices.  Do the same with the carrot.  Place veggies in a large bowl.  Pour the dressing over the veggies and toss to coat.  Add in most of the almonds, tossing to coat.  Top with additional almonds.

Serve immediately or keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

I hope you try this salad.  It will make you think it's June and your outdoors at a barbecue.  Or sitting poolside with a good book.  Or I guess, in reality, like me, sitting at the dinner table in late November with the husband and kids.

So you guys....

My 3 year blogging anniversary is coming up next week.  I cannot believe it's been 3 years.  Looking back at some of my original posts, I am both humbled and embarrassed.  Some of those photos!  Gosh, they were awful.

So stay tuned next week.  I just might have something special for you.

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  1. Looks yummy!


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  3. LOL, I do the same thing with my posts, go and look back at the dreadfullness that was.....oh man, SO BAD! I've actually deleted some wtih really great ino, that were just plain ugly.
    Congrats on three years!
    And, thanks for this recipe. We are a major broccoli family!!

  4. Ally's Sweet & Savory EatsDecember 2, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Good idea....I definetely need to go delete some old ones:)

  5. I am with you on the weather - last night we sat outside at 10 at night and hung out while Tony smoked a cigar - that never happens!

    And yes, some of my old photography was so awful!

    Your blog has come a long way Ally!

  6. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)December 2, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    I love salad recipes because I am not creative at all when it comes time to make a salad. I need guidance!

  7. Yum! I love a good broccoli salad

  8. Every Sunday afternoon we have a potluck style family dinner with my in-laws. One of my sister-in-laws always brings HyVee Deli's chopped broccoli salad and it's GONE right away. I am going to share this with them! Thanks for sharing on Mostly Homemade Mondays! I hope you join us again next week :)

    Kelli @ The Sustainable Couple