Friday, April 8, 2011

Broccoli Slaw Salad

What better to celebrate the return from my unplanned hiatus then to post something I've been making repeatedly for about as many weeks as I've been away from the site. I love, love, love this refreshing salad and its so easy but impresses so many people when you serve it. The vinegar breaks down the broccoli and makes it palatable even for the one person you know that really doesn't dig raw broccoli. Sorry for the lack of photo - I'll add one later! I was inspired by my friend Mahnaz who just makes delicious food, especially Persian food! Yum!

2 bags (3-ounce) Ramen Noodle Soup (I've used Beef and chicken, both work)
3 TBSP butter or the browning agent of your choice
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1 bag broccoli slaw
1 bag of raw broccoli florets or 2 small heads of broccoli with the florets cut to bite size pieces but still somewhat large.
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Chopped green onions, for garnish


3/4 cup olive oil
2 TBSP brown sugar
2 TBSP white sugar (you can use 1/4 of one kind or another if you prefer - I like mixing so its not too sweet)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 ramen noodle seasoning packet

Put the ramen noodles in a bag and crush them with a rolling pin while melting butter in a large skillet over low/medium heat. Add the crushed noodles and slivered almonds to the skillet and saute, stirring occasionally (keep temperature at low/medium heat). Meanwhile, whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Place the shredded broccoli into bowl and toss with the noodles, almonds, and sunflower seeds. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Garnish with chopped green onions.


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