Mayo-Free Broccoli Bacon Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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  • 4Servings
  • 20 mPrep Time
  • 30 mCook Time
  • 50 mReady In
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    This lightly dressed, chilled broccoli salad is great for picnics, potlucks, and other casual get-togethers. The mayonnaise-free dressing adds a boost of bright flavor thanks to the fresh lemon juice and zest, while the crisp-tender broccoli and pumpkin seeds add a satisfying crunch.

    If you have the time, make this recipe the night before. The extra time will allow the flavors to blend more thoroughly.

    Ingredients

    • Dressing
    • Broccoli Salad

    Step by Step method

    • Step 1

      To make the dressing, combine the Greek yogurt, honey, lemon juice, and zest in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

    • Step 2

      Add the broccoli florets to a large, microwave-safe dish and add 2-3 T. water. Cover and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes, or until florets are crisp tender. (Check after 3 minutes and adjust cooking times accordingly).

    • Step 3

      Remove from microwave and drain excess liquid. Set aside, uncovered, and allow steamed florets to cool.

    • Step 4

      In a large glass or other non-reactive bowl, combine the red onion, broccoli, crumbled bacon, and fresh parsley. Toss gently to combine. Top with ½ Greek yogurt dressing and toss again until ingredients are thoroughly coated. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight before serving. Cover and reserve remaining dressing, as well.

    • Step 5

      Toss chilled salad with remaining dressing right before serving, or serve on the side for those who prefer a little extra dressing. Sprinkle with the toasted pumpkin seeds right before serving to keep them crunchy.

    • Step 6

      *1 tablespoon of honey contains up to 17 grams of carbs, or approximately 4¼ grams per serving. If this is too high for your needs, you can use a very small amount of stevia powder or liquid as a substitute.

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