I’m getting used to the picky palate of my teenager, but I had begun to think that my husband D likes everything I cook. Not so, apparently. I let him sample this salad before I did, and his lukewarm reaction had me scared to try it, so it was lunch the next day before I worked up the courage to try a bite. And another bite. It was good–sweet and spicy, just the way I like my salads. The only things it lacked were some sweet bites of fruit and maybe some nuts for crunch. So I stirred in halved grapes and sprinkled the salad with roasted peanuts–and wound up gobbling up the entire bowl for lunch.
D now claims that he would have liked it better if he’d had it with the grapes and peanuts, and he’ll soon get a chance to test out that theory because this recipe is just so easy and delicious (to me) that I’ll certainly be making it again. And next time I will probably use packaged broccoli slaw rather than laboring over both a spiralizer and a mandolin to grate the broccoli and carrots. Freshly made broccoli slaw is definitely more moist and flavorful than the packaged stuff, so if you don’t mind a little mess and effort, I recommend you use either a mandolin or a food processor and save the spiralizer for larger, softer veggies. Just be sure you peel the broccoli stalks and cut off the bottom 1/2 inch or so to remove all the tough, woody areas before you start your shredding.
- 8 – 10 ounces broccoli slaw (about 4 large broccoli stalks and 2 carrots, shredded)
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter or other nut butter
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
- 3/4 teaspoon mild curry powder (such as Maharajah)
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 4 drops liquid stevia, or other sweetener to taste
- 1/2 cup sliced grapes or chopped pineapple
- roasted peanuts for garnish, optional
- Place the broccoli slaw into a serving bowl.
- Put the peanut butter into a small bowl and whisk in the pineapple juice. Add the vinegar, curry powder, and red pepper flakes. Check the flavor and add stevia or other sweetener to taste. Pour over broccoli slaw and mix well.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow flavors to develop. Stir in grapes or pineapple just before serving, garnished with a sprinkling of roasted peanuts, if desired.
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