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For those of you who have never seen my version of Spicy Sweet Broccoli Salad, either on the blog or on my Pinterest page, you are missing out on one delicious summer salad staple.
Ever since I started making this salad, it is what everyone wants me to bring to get togethers now. Pool parties, Bunco nights, you name it! It’s sweet, it’s slightly spicy, crunchy, I could go on and on.
What I did was take the salad I found on someone else’s Pinterest page and modified it to my tastes (as usual) because admittedly, I’m no cook. Yet, I know what I like, the textures I want, the fresh ingredients, and that’s how I made it my own.
If you’ve ever gone out to some place like Chili’s or McAlister’s and had one of their seasonal salads, with the fruit and nuts mixed in? You know the taste and texture I’m talking about.
This salad has all that and more, comes together easy (the hardest part is separating the broccoli florets from the head), and is a super tasty side to grilled meats, picnic food, or any summer get together.
First things first, you start with seasoned nuts. I used a combo of pecans, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. I normally have these on hand for quick snacks anyway. I followed this recipe to spice them up:
Makes 4 Cups of Spiced Nuts
1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp ground mustard, 1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce, 2 tsp Worchestershire sauce, 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper, 1 1/4 tsp fine sea salt, 4 cups mixed nuts (any but I used mostly pecans), 1/3 cup Kerrygold butter
Mix all ingredients except nuts together, pour over nuts, bake on a cookie sheet at 300 degrees for 20-22 minutes, stirring halfway through so they don’t burn. Let em cool for about 30 minutes.
Once you make the salad, mix in about a cup of the spiced nuts and voila! You have the perfect Keto Summer Salad, in my humble opinion. Plus, this salad has bacon in it, you can’t go wrong with bacon!
Keto Broccoli Salad
- 5 cups broccoli florets
- 1/2 med. red bell pepper diced
- 1 small Jalapeno pepper diced
- 6 slices pre-cooked bacon chopped
- 4 oz cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 cup mayo
- 2T apple cider vinegar
- 1 T Pyure Brand Stevia (seriously yall, my favorite sweetener)
Toss veggies, bacon, and cheese together in a large bowl. Set aside. In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients plus 1 cup of the spiced nuts. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
Salad nutrition: 330 calories 33g fat 2g net carbs 7g protein
Nutrition values change with addition of nuts, depending on the type of nuts used. Try a handy app like My Fitness Pal or Stupid Simple Keto to figure out the macros for your version of the salad.
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