Monday, February 21, 2011
Twangy Broccoli Slaw
This is the salad I mixed up yesterday to take to the Daytona 500 party. I'm calling it Twangy Broccoli Slaw. It's quick and easy and everyone liked it. It looks festive, which is perfect for a party. Oh and it's good for you too. You can see a better view of my bowl in my Etsy store here. There's a pair of them there.
2 packages of shredded broccoli
about 20 firm strawberries
2/3 cup of mayonnaise, more or less
1/8 cup (or less) of fresh pineapple juice
generous pinch of extra fine cane sugar
1-1/2 tsp celery seed
1-1/2 tsp mustard seed
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and black pepper to taste
Put the broccoli slaw mix in a extra large bowl and set aside. Slice the strawberries crosswise and set aside. Put the mayonnaise in a separate smaller mixing bowl, add the spices, sugar, and the pineapple juice. By a generous pinch of sugar, I mean you take the ends of your four fingers and thumb and grab some sugar. A regular pinch is two fingers and your thumb. A tiny pinch is one finger and a thumb. Ha. Hope you're laughing at my pinch measurements.
Don't leave out the red pepper flakes, please just trust me on this, even if you don't like hot food. The pepper flakes don't make the slaw hot, they just add the twang, which is what you want. Something a little different, it enhances the flavor. That's where folks say, this is good, what did you put in it? The pineapple juice makes the mayonnaise mix up in the salad easier and prevents breaking down the texture of the slaw. Don't make the mayonnaise too runny; to me there's nothing worse than runny slaw.
I mix up the slaw in a larger bowl and then transfer it to a bowl just the right size, that way you don't have mayonnaise on the sides of the bowl and it looks pretty for the guests. Save a couple of the sliced strawberries for a top garnish. I debated whether I would add some pineapple in the salad but decided I wouldn't this time. But that's another option for this Twangy Broccoli Slaw. Enjoy.