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08-07-2010, 07:12 PM
I have a favorite broccoli salad I love, frequently take to get-togethers. I want to modify to make it raw. Here is the original recipe:
1 cup mayonnaise (What to substitute?)
1/4 cup sugar (What to substitue?)
1 tablespoon white vineger (sub Apple cider vinegar)
Mix and set aside.
7 cups broccoli florets
1 lb bacon (Won't use)
1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1 cup raisins
1 cup sunflower seeds (I will sprout)
1 small red onion, finely chopped.
Pour mayo mixture over top, mix well to combine. Refrigerate two hours before serving.
Any help will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
08-07-2010, 07:30 PM
I would use avocado instead of mayonnaise, and for sugar you can go with agave, honey, or blend up some dates and water to make your own sweetener.
And, this might just be some personal quirk, but I think (organic) pine nuts taste like bacon. *shrug* There are also several raw eggplant bacon recipes, but I don't know if those just create the texture or if the taste is there too.
08-07-2010, 07:42 PM
Wow what a fast reply, thanks Shels. I never thought of using avocado for the mayo. I just bought some raw uncooked honey today. And I have raw pine nuts in my freezer. I have made the eggplant bacon a long time ago, might have to try making some again for this recipe.
Again, thanks for your quick response. :)
08-07-2010, 10:35 PM
A very appealing recipe. :)
Shels' idea of using pine nuts to replace bacon is a good one. Although at the current price of almost $30 a pound, I might forget those. Have you got a dehydrator? Spicy pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds might be a good replacement for bacon. Soak the seeds overnight, flavor with chili powder, onion powder, cumin, and liquid smoke or a smoked salt, then dehydrate for a day or two until thoroughly dried.
This "sour cream" would work well as a substitute for mayo.
1 cup raw cashews, soaked 4-6 hours (or chop coarsely and soak 1-2 hours.)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Makes 1 pint. Keeps in the fridge for at least 4 days, maybe more.
Here is another mayo substitute. Measurements are approximate on this one because I have always thrown it together to taste.
1/2 cup white sesame seeds, ground to a paste (or use tahini)
1-2 Tablespoons honey or agave
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons lemon juice (or use more apple cider vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2-4 Tablespoons water (as needed to thin)
1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil (as needed to thicken)
Blend all ingredients except olive oil. Add olive oil a little at a time to desired consistency. Taste and adjust as needed.
Both of these dressing are pretty sweet. You may not need to add anything to replace the sugar in your recipe.
08-08-2010, 03:20 AM
No problem. Let us know how it goes! Pictures maybe?
You might like to try this one - it's our favorite - but sub out the ingredients for the ones you like, but try this dressing with my tweaks (notes at the end). It's so good! (try the carrots in there - sub for the bacon)
Broccoli Salad - by BDraw
Chop broccoli (small, medium, your choice)
Chop or grate carrots (or use chopped apples instead)
Chop little onion (your choice of color)
Add equal amounts of raisins and sunflower seed (or preferred nut)
1 cup each
Mix well, using roughly twice the amount of broccoli as carrot or apple.
For dressing I blend (in blender) one peeled orange, about 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and about 2 tablespoons of honey. Pour over, let sit for a bit, overnight is fine, but then, so is 15 minutes.
We love this and if I use enough seeds or nuts, I call it dinner at least one night a week.
You could also add celery, cauliflower, etc. Hope you like it.
#13 - http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/showthread.php?t=12579
video on how to chop the broccoli:
Deb's notes: I also use agave instead of honey (just a preference). I also add 1/2 tsp. salt in the dressing. I use broccoli, grated carrots and onion combination, with sunflower seeds and raisins (can buy organic raisins at Costco). My updated notes: I add an extra orange without doubling the other ingredients.
08-08-2010, 11:02 AM
Broccoli Delight, one of my old deli favorites. I found a raw version online (link below) a year and a half or so ago and make it fairly often -- cutting back on the onions and agave a bit. I've made huge batches for raw meetups and it's big hit. Thin the dressing with water if it's too think.
* 5 cups broccoli, chopped into small florets
* 1 1/2 cups raw sunflower seeds
* 1 cup red onion, minced
* 1 cup raisins, organic
* 1 cup RAW cashews
* 1/4 cup good quality extra virgin olive oil
* 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
* 3 tablespoons agave nectar
* 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
* 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Methods / Steps
1. Blend the dressing ingredients until smooth.
2. Pour over the broccoli, onion, sunflower seeds and raisins, and toss well.
3. Serve with a big grin knowing you are serving a healthy dish that tastes great!
Broccoli Salad (http://www.naturallysavvy.com/recipes/broccoli-salad)
08-12-2010, 03:09 PM
Wow, guys, these all sound so good.. just bought some broccoli, whipping up a batch tomorrow. Thanks for the recipes.:)
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