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Recipes EASY CHRISTMAS SIDES 2 OF 3: BROCCOLI & BACON SALAD

EASY CHRISTMAS SIDES 2 OF 3: BROCCOLI & BACON SALAD

Prep 10 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Serves 6

Fresh, healthy, tasty and incredibly easy – that’s the way we’re going with our Christmas sides this year. The secret to elevating it to festive food? It’s all in the spice!

- WHAT YOU WILL NEED -

  • FOR THE DRESSING
  • FOR THE SALAD
  • half a cup of creamy mayonnaise
  • 800g broccoli, broken into florets
  • 1 plump clove garlic, finely minced
  • packet or two of streaky bacon, diced
  • zest of one lemon, finely grated (a microplane work best here)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • half a cup flaked almonds, toasted in a dry pan until golden
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • crispy onion bits
  • ½ tsp Cape Herb & Spice SMOKED PAPRIKA

- METHOD -

Boil or steam the broccoli until just done – you want some al dente crunch still. Refresh the broccoli in ice water, then drain and set aside. Fry the bacon in olive oil until very crispy, then drain on a paper towel. Plate up the broccoli and scatter over bacon, almonds and crispy onion bits. Mix together the dressing ingredients and it’s time to tuck in.

(Cook’s tip: Crispy onion bits for salads are readily available in many big supermarkets, but you could also easily make your own. Simply slice a white onion very finely and separate all the layers so you have individual thin onion slivers. Dust lightly with plain flour and pop the onion slivers into hot vegetable oil to fry for a few seconds until crisp and golden. Drain on a paper towel.)

 

Recipe concept & photography by Lizet Hartley.

Lizet Hartley is a freelance stills and reel food stylist, food photographer and recipe developer. In her spare time she – rather predictably – cooks. Get more of her recipes on her blog at http://www.melkkos-merlot.co.za

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