Broccoli, Bacon & Avocado Salad
Raw broccoli salads are one of my favourite quick healthy meals. Especially this version which is kept from being too virtuous with the addition of some crispy bacon.
enough for 2
takes: 15 minutes
2-4 slices bacon, chopped into matchsticks
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard or other mustard
2 tablespoons sherry or wine vinegar
1 head broccoli
1. Heat a small frying pan on a medium high heat. Add a little oil and cook bacon, stirring every now and then for a few minutes until bacon is crisp and browned.
2. Meanwhile combine mustard, vinegar and 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a salad bowl. Season.
3. Chop broccoli into tiny bite sized trees and toss in the dressing.
4. Chop avocado in half and scoop bite sized chunks into the dressing using a spoon.
5. Toss salad to distribute the dressing and serve with crispy bacon on top.
The avocado will brown with time and the bacon will lose its crispness, but apart from that it will keep happily in the fridge for a few days.
Will keep in the fridge for a few days.
vegan – replace bacon with roasted almonds, smoked tofu or chopped red pepper (capsicum).
carnivore – double the bacon or add cooked sliced chorizo or other sausage.
vegetarian – replace bacon with crumbled salty feta, ricotta salata cheese. Also good with hard boiled or poached eggs.
different veg – mix it up with different types of broccoli such as purple sprouting broccoli, or broccolini or even try cauliflower.
warmer salad – simmer broccoli in boiling water for a few minutes until bright green but still a little crunchy. Drain and use as per the recipe.
short on time / easier to eat – grate broccoli using your food processor.
bacon alternatives – smoked chicken, BBQ chicken, pork sausages, chorizo, salami or proscuitto are all good.
carb lovers / more substantial – toss in cooked pasta or canned chickpeas.
Waste Avoidance Strategy
bacon – I buy bacon packed in cryovac which keeps in the fridge for weeks. Or freeze it.
mustard, vinegar – pantry.
broccoli – Will keep for about 2 weeks in a plastic bag in the fridge. Otherwise chop or grate and freeze for easy defrosting.
avocado – use for another meal.
Problem Solving Guide
bacon burning – don’t forget to stir from time to time and lower the heat if you feel like its cooking too quickly.
broccoli too crunchy? – if you’re struggling to chomp through the broccoli sounds like your trees were more like redwoods than like bonsai. Serve with a knife and fork so everyone can chop down their broccoli or next time get a bit more agressive in the broccoli deforestation step.
too bland? don’t forget to season. A little more vinegar may liven things up.
Great as a meal on it’s own. Or skip the bacon and serve as a side salad with some grilled sausages or chicken breasts.
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