We all love salads in my family and throughout summer our main diet consists of salad with some sort of added protein as almost the afterthought! If I am feeling particularly like I need to fill them up, I may add an amazing bread to the menu!
The following recipe is a winner with my family and has become a firm favourite...I think it originated from Singapore...but anyway, thanks to my sister in law we have been eating this one for years and I suspect it will become a firm favourite in your house too, once you try it. And yes, there I go again with fruit included in a salad. If you were dead against fresh grapes, (though why would you be?) or if they were not in season, by all means, go with craisins. Yum!
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- 2 small heads of broccoli, washed and chopped into bite size pieces
- 1/4 red onion
- 3 - 4 rashers of bacon, diced
- 500 Grams red seedless grapes (in the absence of grapes, you can use 100 grams dried cranberries)
- 1/4 Cup pine nuts or slivered almonds toasted
- 3 Tablespoons Easy thermomix mayonnaise Recipe
- 3 Tablespoons sour cream
- 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 Teaspoons dark brown sugar
- Pink Salt Flakes and freshly ground black pepper to taste BUY
Blanche brocolli florets in Steam Oven by cooking 9 min exactly. OR place into Varoma, fill Thermomix bowl with boiling water and steam for approx 15 min/speed 3.
Plunge into iced water immediately to stop the broccolli cooking and turning a nasty yellow green instead of the beautiful bright green you want!
Dice onion and add to broccolli.
Fry bacon and allow to drain until cooled, crumble.
Slice grapes in half if they are large, otherwise use whole and add to serving bowl.
Toss with dressing.
Top with bacon and nuts.
To make dressing place all ingredients into Thermomix bowl.
Blend 4 sec/speed 8. Scrape down sides of bowl and repeat if necessary.
Use immediately, but will keep in the fridge for up to a week in a screw top jar.
Serve with steamed Chicken breasts, and fresh crusty bread!