Broccoli slaw? In a bag? Everything is already shredded for me? It’s right in the produce section? I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I had never, ever noticed it. What a mistake! I am so happy I finally found it!!
Last week, I took a little road trip to spend a day with an old friend. She is an amazing artist and incredibly efficient. Mary paints huge quantities of extremely detailed, intricate work like these table mats and runners, free-hand! These were painted on oilcloth. I’m in awe because precision is not my gift!
She says she doesn’t cook and can’t follow a recipe, but she threw the most delicious lunch together, including a broccoli salad made from the pre-packaged slaw. It was incredible, and I could not stop eating it!
You Can Make This Amazing Broccoli Slaw In Just 10 Minutes
I need to learn some tricks from my friends who love to eat but do not share my love of spending time in the kitchen! I have always been a “scratch” cook. Quick is good, but sometimes quicker is even better, especially when it tastes this good!
Pre-packaged broccoli slaw is simply amazing! It’s all washed and ready to use. It contains some shredded carrot and red cabbage for added color, flavor, and nutrition. I call it magic! There’s no waste, no mess, and it’s a very versatile little bag of goodies! And it keeps well in the refrigerator.
Here are some other things you can do with a bag of broccoli slaw:
- Use it in tacos or pitas instead of lettuce. It’s crunchier and much more nutritious than iceberg lettuce.
- Mix it in with other salad greens. It adds bulk, fiber, nutrition, and it holds up better under heavy salad dressing.
- Stir fry it with leftover bits of beef or chicken. Add soy or teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds for a quick, light supper.
- Make broccoli soup!
Normally, I avoid the “convenience” section of the produce department. You know, where everything is all washed, cut, and ready to go. I always grate my carrots and shred my cabbage by hand. But, seriously, I finally realized there are times when that’s not necessary! You CAN teach an old dog new tricks, and my tail is wagging!!
Enough Talking Let’s Get Busy And Whip Up This Unbelievably Good Salad
This salad probably takes less than 10 minutes to put together without breaking a sweat! Here’s how! Peel and chop about 1/2 cup of cucumber.
Chop up about 1/2 cup of red onion. Then, I used my Pampered Chef chopper to chop them both a little finer.
Dump the whole bag of slaw, the onion, and the cucumber in a bowl. Mix it all up. Pour a jar of chunky bleu cheese dressing from the refrigerated section over everything and toss it together.
You can serve this immediately, but it’s even better the next day when all the flavors get to know each other better. Garnish with roasted salted pepitas! The crunchy, salty bits kick everything up a notch, and the result is pure broccoli bliss. Pepitas are a nutritional powerhouse, too, so add them liberally and enjoy them in this incredibly yummy salad!
- 1 12-ounce bag of packaged broccoli slaw
- 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
- 1 13-ounce jar bleu cheese dip and dressing from the refrigerated section
- Roasted, salted pepitas for garnishing generously
Peel and chop the cucumber.
Chop the red onion.
Combine the slaw mix, red onion, and cucumber in a bowl and toss together.
Pour the whole jar of dressing over all the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Garnish generously with pepitas.
This slaw would be a perfect topping for pulled pork sandwiches. Use your imagination and think of other things you might have on hand for add-ins! How about some dried cranberries or cherries? Sweet, crunchy red grapes would also taste amazing! How could you possibly go wrong by adding some crisp bacon bits?
Bleu cheese is terrific with broccoli slaw but feel free to try other dressings like poppy seed or ranch. Even if you are not sure about bleu cheese, try it! The flavors were made for each other!
A Little Message From GB’s Heart
Summer is a time to get out and enjoy life. Thankfully, things have become more normal. Once again, we can see friends, hug them, spend time talking, and catching up face-to-face!
Humans were wired for connection. We are enriched when we take the time to renew those connections! My day with Mary was long overdue and filled with blessings. This salad recipe was the cherry on top! Enjoy it!
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