For our first try we blanched the broccoli, which was definitely not a good idea. But we persevered and ended up with this Easy Thai-Flavored Raw Broccoli Salad Recipe with Red Onion, Mint, and Peanuts. If you're wondering about mint and broccoli together, so did we, but the whole combination really worked. If you like Thai flavors and raw broccoli you must try this salad.
We trimmed the broccoli into bite-sized flowerets and gave them a dunk in cold water and a spin in the salad spinner.
The dressing combines fresh lime juice, fish sauce, Splenda or sugar, and a generous pinch of hot pepper flakes.
Easy Thai-Flavored Raw Broccoli Salad with Red Onion, Mint, and Peanuts
(Makes about 4-6 servings; recipe inspired by Thai-Style Spicy Cabbage Slaw.)
7-8 cups bite-sized broccoli flowerets
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
3 T fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 T fish sauce
1 T Splenda, Stevia In the Raw, or sugar (use Splenda or Stevia for South Beach diet)
1/2-1 tsp. hot pepper flakes (we used about 3/4 tsp.)
Trim broccoli stems and cut broccoli into bite-sized flowerets. (To cut broccoli without making a mess, cut through the stem and then pull apart the broccoli flower. This avoids getting little crumbs of broccoli all over the place as you do when you cut clear through it.) If the broccoli isn't really crisp, give it a dunk in cold water and then spin dry or dry with paper towels.
Mix together the lime juice, fish sauce, sweetener, and hot pepper flakes to make the dressing. Thinly slice the red onion, chop the mint, and chop the peanuts.
Toss the dried broccoli with the dressing, making sure that all the broccoli flowerets are well-coated with dressing. Add the sliced red onion, chopped mint, and chopped peanuts, toss again, and serve.
This was edible when it had been kept in the fridge overnight, but it's definitely much better freshly made.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
As long as the dressing is made with Stevia, Splenda or an approved sweetener, this low-glycemic salad would be a great choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet, and it's also gluten-free, dairy-free, and low in carbs.
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