Broccoli Apple Salad is a refreshing cool side dish. It’s loaded with fresh broccoli, raisins, and red onions in a low-fat vanilla yogurt.
Ranch and blue cheese salad dressings are also very good in this side dish.
I’ve also included a Homemade Salad Dressing recipe for those who prefer to whip up their own.
This sweet and crispy salad refrigerates well overnight with the dressing. Make sure it’s in a container with an airtight lid.
What is broccoli?
According to Wikipedia.org, broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family (Brassicaceae, genus Brassica).
Broccoli comes from the Italian plural of broccolo, which means “the flowering crest of a cabbage”, and is the short form of brocco, meaning “small nail” or “sprout”.
Broccoli’s large flowering head, stalk and small associated leaves are eaten as a vegetable.
Fresh broccoli florets are suggested for this recipe. Frozen broccoli turns mushy quickly. Avoid.
This Broccoli Apple Salad can be made several hours ahead or up to two days before serving.
The flavors will meld together well and the fresh broccoli will remain crisp.
How To Read & Follow A Recipe
Reading a recipe is an important life skill. It starts with knowing how to read a recipe’s ingredients, follow the instructions, prep ingredients, and knowing what equipment to use.
The following tips and strategies will help beginners or experienced cooks create a delicious dish as intended in the recipe.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the recipe. Don’t just quickly skim it. Thoroughly read from start to finish. Visualize doing each step which will help you avoid missing a step.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitutions or omit the ingredient.
My recipes are packed with helpful tips like shortcuts and serving sizes which save time and help with meal planning.
Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are prepped. For example, 1 cup of chopped pecans is not the same as pecans, chopped (measure whole pecans and then chop).
Know the assumptions. For example, when my recipe calls for “sugar,” use granulated sugar. If brown sugar is an ingredient, it will be written as such in the recipe.
Figure out the timing. Check the listed “prep time” and “total time” to be sure you have enough time to complete the recipe.
Look for hints, such as the words “meanwhile” or “at the same time,” which indicate two or more steps can happen simultaneously.
For example, my prep time doesn’t include bringing cold butter up to room temperature. Be sure to include in your timetable.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watch recipe videos. Perfect for when you’re learning a new skill or just want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. It’s the perfect way to get organized and avoid missing an ingredient or missing a step in the instructions.
Organize your tools and kitchen equipment. Mise en place isn’t just for ingredients. Before starting, make sure you have parchment paper, aluminum foil, measuring cups, measuring spoons, the right pans, mixing bowls, and other equipment.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.