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Broccoli, Bacon and Quinoa Salad

Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Author: Southern Made Simple

Ingredients

  • Salad:
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 5 slices of bacon
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans or walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup quinoa cooked according to package instructions
  • Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tbs fresh honey
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar or stevia

Instructions

  • Divide raisins and cranberries into two different bowls. Boil a small amount of water and pour over raisins and cranberries and allow to sit for roughly 10 minutes before draining (This re-hydrates and softens the fruit)
  • Blanch broccoli - Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil and add broccoli. Allow to cook for 2 minutes (no longer than that) and remove from heat. Drain water from broccoli and immediately rinse with cool water to stop the cooking process.
  • Cook bacon pieces according to package instructions, making sure that the bacon doesn't overcook and become too crispy - you want it to still be a little soft so that you can easily chop it
  • In a large bowl, combine broccoli, rehydrated cranberries and raising, quinoa, toasted pecans and bacon
  • In a separate small bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, honey, apple cider vinegar and sugar and stir until well combined
  • Pour salad dressing over broccoli mixture and stir well
  • Drizzle with a little extra honey (if desired) and serve.
  • Enjoy!

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