The BEST Broccoli Salad recipe - loaded with fresh broccoli, cauliflower, green onions, bacon, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and a lightened up honey mustard dressing. This salad is perfect for summer cookouts and picnics - a definite crowd pleaser!
Well, we've officially entered a new era. We no longer have a one year old.....because Myla is TWO! We celebrated her second birthday yesterday, complete with balloons & streamers, a trip to the zoo, a pile of presents, a 2-layer chocolate cake (with sprinkles), and dinner at our favorite restaurant. Because birthdays are a big deal! Even when you're two.
It was fun, really. Trying to figure out how Myla might like to celebrate her birthday. And at the end of the day, I'd say we did a pretty good job! What two year old wouldn't want presents, cake, and zoo animals?? Our only foible? Dinner.
We should really know better by now. Taking a two year old (and three other kids) to a restaurant is never a good idea! But for some reason, we're having a hard time accepting that reality. We just love eating out! The good news? We may have finally learned our lesson. Last night's dinner was a rough one.
Lucky for us, the timing of this unfortunate realization coincides perfectly with something that is guaranteed to make it all better: grilling season! Because when eating out no longer feels fun, grilling is the next best option! (Or maybe it's the other way around!?)
Either way, I'm especially excited for grilling season this year, because I recently found about about these delicious little sliders from Pick 'n Save! They're part of their pub burger collection, and seriously couldn't be cuter....or more perfect for summer grilling! They come in two varieties - regular and cheddar - and the size is IDEAL for parties! Memorial Day cookout, anyone??
Of course, every good burger needs some delicious sides to go with it, which is where this Broccoli Salad comes in. Now, I'm sure you've had one version or another of broccoli salad before. But I'm here to tell you that this one is the BEST you've ever had! Because it's loaded up with cauliflower, bacon, green onions, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds, then tossed in a sweet honey mustard dressing that's been lightened up. So you can eat all the broccoli salad you want, without feeling a twinge of guilt. And if you're anything like me, you're going to want it ALL!
So. Take my advice. Do NOT attempt a restaurant with a two year old, no matter how good of an idea it seems to be at the time. And get yourself to Pick 'n Save! Memorial Day is a week away, and Pub Sliders with the BEST Broccoli Salad is exactly what you need on your menu. Enjoy!
Best Broccoli Salad
- 4 c. broccoli florets
- 4 c. cauliflower florets
- 1 12 oz. package bacon, cooked & chopped
- ¾ c. dried cranberries
- ¼ c. chopped green onions
- ¼ c. unsalted sunflower seeds
- ½ c. plain yogurt not Greek
- ½ c. lowfat mayo
- ¼ c. honey
- 1 tsp. ground mustard
In a large bowl, combine broccoli, cauliflower, bacon, dried cranberries, green onions, and sunflower seeds.
In a separate small bowl, combine yogurt, mayo, honey, and ground mustard and mix well.
Pour dressing over broccoli mixture and toss to coat.