Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Easy Broccoli and Radish Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

This Broccoli and Radish Salad Recipe with Gorgonzola is a healthy red-and-green salad for your holiday buffet!

(Easy Broccoli and Radish Salad with Gorgonzola was updated with better photos, December 2014.)

Everywhere you look on Pinterest and on the blogs there are Christmas cookies, and even though I do have a few ideas for low-sugar and sugar-free cookies, truthfully I'm tired of the sweets and ready for something green and crunchy!  This Easy Broccoli and Radish Salad with Gorgonzola is the kind of simple salad I'd make for myself for a quick lunch, but don't you think the bright red and green colors (and the use of creamy Gorgonzola cheese) make this something you can get away with for a Christmas salad?  Personally I would head right for this on the buffet table.

Before we get to the recipe, let's talk about healthier salad dressing.  Blue cheese dressing is definitely a limited food if you're following the South Beach Diet or trying to focus on healthy eating.  But I love blue cheese dressing, and for years I've been buying Lighthouse Chunky Blue Cheese and mixing it half-and-half with buttermilk for an easy and more diet-friendly blue cheese dressing that still tastes wonderful. That's the dressing I used for this easy salad, but if you have a favorite dressing recipe, I'm sure homemade dressing will be even better.  (And if you're making homemade blue cheese dressing eight days before Christmas, more power to you!)

This colorful salad is about as easy as it gets; hope you enjoy!  And if this won't fly for a Christmas salad at your house, make it in January when everyone's looking for low-carb salad ideas!

Cut up the broccoli into small bite-sized pieces.  Slice radishes into slices about 1/4 inch thick.

Toss radishes and broccoli together into a bowl.

Toss the salad with desired amount of blue cheese dressing.  (You don't need much dressing because the crumbled Gorgonzola adds a lot of flavor.)

Then add the crumbled Gorgonzola, season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper, and toss again. That's all!

And just for fun, here's the original photo of this salad from 2006!  This was long overdue for an update, wouldn't you agree?

Easy Broccoli and Radish Salad with Gorgonzola
(Makes 4-6 servings; recipe created by Kalyn.)

6 cups broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces2 cups radishes, sliced about 1/4 inch thick
1/4 cup Blue Cheese salad dressing
(use more or less to taste, see my tip below for an easy more diet-friendly purchased blue cheese dressing)
1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
salt, fresh ground pepper to taste

Trim long broccoli stems and cut the broccoli into bite-sized pieces.  Wash radishes, trim off ends, and slice into 1/4 inch slices.  Mix blue cheese dressing with buttermilk if you're using my tip below.

In large bowl combine broccoli and radishes. Toss with blue cheese dressing.  Add the crumbled  Gorgonzola cheese, season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper, and toss again.   

This will keep in the fridge for a day or so, although it's better the day it's made.

Making Diet-Friendly Blue Cheese from Bottled Dressing:
I buy Lighthouse Chunky Blue Cheese and mix it half-and-half with buttermilk for an easy and diet-friendly blue cheese dressing.  Try this with your favorite bottled blue cheese dressing.

South Beach Suggestions:
Both blue cheese dressing and Gorgonzola cheese would be limited foods for the South Beach Diet, but if you use my tip for making more diet-friendly blue cheese dressing I'd eat this as an occasional treat for any phase of the diet.  This salad would be great for other types of low-carb diets.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you. 

More Salad Ideas with Gorgonzola:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Crunchy Chopped Salad with Gorgonzola and Radishes ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Winter Salad with Pecans, Pears, and Gorgonzola ~ David Lebovitz
Arugula and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Chicken, Apple, and Gorgonzola Salad on Endive ~ Gimme Some Oven
Thanksgiving Green Bean Salad with Blue Cheese, Dried Cranberries, and Pecans~ Kalyn's Kitchen
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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  1. So far, radishes are the 'it' vegetable for me this summer! Glad you found a way to enjoy them. I redid Beyond Salmon's radish spread this week, just 8 oz grated radish w 5 oz neufchatel and a couple of chopped green onions. Gorgeous!!

  2. I went and invested in ANOTHER TUB of gorgonzola from Costco.....btw the site is looking terrific - boys are doing a great job.

  3. Alanna, it's funny. I think I may have even left a comment somewhere saying I'm not that hot on radishes, and now I'm thinking of putting them in everything. Love the sound of the radish spread!

    Doodles, since you confessed, I will too. I also got another huge tub of Gorgonzola. Now I'm wondering how I ever cooked without having it on hand. Thanks for compliment on the site; aren't Rand and Bradley just so talented? I have no idea how to do most of this myself.

  4. A very nice and colored salad. This is a good idea to use raw broccoli as its taste is fresher. I note your contribution. Have a good holiday and till next monday (french hour).

  5. My father loved radishes. We used to give him ours off our plates. Although he passed away more than 10 years ago, he's still with me in spirit.

    Thanks for the memory.

  6. Oh yes, this would tempt me on the holiday table! (Sadly, cookies would, too, but I'd try to fill up on salad first.)

    1. Lydia, I do hear you about the cookies. But I'd like to have some good options like this.


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