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Skinny Broccoli, Cranberry and Coconut Bacon Salad

  • Author: Kathy Carmichael
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad/Entree/Sides
  • Method: Stovetop/Steamer

Description

Broccoli, cranberries, and coconut bacon oh my……This tangy, savory salad will have your kids begging for broccoli.


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Ingredients

SALAD:

  • 4 Crowns of Broccoli washed, with the core removed.
  • 1 large red onion, diced.
  • 2 celery stalks, washed and diced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup  Vegan Coconut Bacon  (Other options) Bacos (did you know they are vegan)? Or use tempeh bacon bits

DRESSING:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple cider Vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

COCONUT BACON:

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut chips
  • 3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons Tamari or Soy Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Liquid Smoke

Instructions

COCONUT BACON:

30 MINUTES PRIOR TO COOKING

  • In an airtight container, add coconut and all other ingredients
  • Put the top on the container
  • Shake
  • Place in refrigerator for a minimum of 10 minutes, ideally 30 minutes, or overnight if planning ahead

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350

  • On a cookie sheet, cover with parchment paper
  • Remove coconut mixture from the refrigerator
  • Give it one last shake, and using the top drain any excess fluid
  • Place a single layer of marinated coconut on the cookie sheet
  • Use a spatula to spread a single layer, attempting to reduce a thick layer
  • Place in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes
  • Remove from oven; using a spatula, flip and move bacon around pan, still maintaining a single layer
  • Cook another ten minutes
  • Remove from oven and let cook completely.

SALAD: 

  • Prepare the broccoli. Cut the core from each head of broccoli. (My dogs love the core; they actually cry for it, so waste not, want not).
  • I washed my broccoli in my steamer basket to save a step.
  • Steam the broccoli for 10 minutes. It is recommended to steam it for 14 or 15 minutes, but that is too much. You want it al Dante.
  • As soon as the broccoli is done, immediately transfer it to an ice bath to stop it from cooking.
  • Now, take the broccoli and place it on paper towel to drain the excess water.
  • Chop broccoli bite sized pieces
  • Put broccoli, onions, celery, dried cranberries, and Vegan Coconut Bacon in a large mixing bowl.

DRESSING:

  • In a blender, blend all the ingredients together until smooth.
  • Set aside

PUTTING IT TOGETHER:

  • Pour the dressing on the broccoli mixture and mix well.
  • Put in the dressed salad in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator.

*The ingredients need to meld, so leave overnight and then mix before serving.


Keywords: salad, broccoli, coconut bacon, vegan bacon, cranberries, oil-free, vegan, plant-based