Mayo-Free Broccoli Bacon Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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This lightly dressed, chilled broccoli salad is great for picnics, potlucks, and other casual get-togethers. The mayonnaise-free dressing adds a boost of bright flavor thanks to the fresh lemon juice and zest, while the crisp-tender broccoli and pumpkin seeds add a satisfying crunch.

If you have the time, make this recipe the night before. The extra time will allow the flavors to blend more thoroughly.

Mayo-Free Broccoli Bacon Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c. full-fat, non-flavored Greek yogurt
  • 1 T. honey* or one very small pinch Stevia powder
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 T. fresh lemon zest
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

Instructions

  1. To make the dressing, combine the Greek yogurt, honey, lemon juice, and zest in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  2. Add the broccoli florets to a large, microwave-safe dish and add 2-3 T. water. Cover and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes, or until florets are crisp tender. (Check after 3 minutes and adjust cooking times accordingly).
  3. Remove from microwave and drain excess liquid. Set aside, uncovered, and allow steamed florets to cool.
  4. In a large glass or other non-reactive bowl, combine the red onion, broccoli, crumbled bacon, and fresh parsley. Toss gently to combine. Top with ½ Greek yogurt dressing and toss again until ingredients are thoroughly coated. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight before serving. Cover and reserve remaining dressing, as well.
  5. Toss chilled salad with remaining dressing right before serving, or serve on the side for those who prefer a little extra dressing. Sprinkle with the toasted pumpkin seeds right before serving to keep them crunchy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 52Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 6g

Nutritional information provided for entertainment purposes only and is not to be construed as medical advice.

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