Broccoli Slaw with Balsamic Mayonnaise and Nuts

Healthy Cruciferous Vegetables - Great for Slaw!

Many of these can be used in coleslaw.
Many of these can be used in coleslaw. | Source

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Broccoli and Broccoflower

A broccoli based coleslaw is a fun change from regular cabbage based versions, although those are always good in well made recipes. Broccoli in your slaw provides a green vegetable, a cruciferous vegetable that is a cancer fighter, a mild flavor, and a crunchy texture, especially in a matchstick cut.

For a slightly different flavor and texture, try a broccoflower, which is a hybrid of a broccoli and a cauliflower and also a cruciferous vegetable. For this recipe, you can purchase a head of the vegetable and cut the florets of either the broccoli or the broccoflower into smaller pieces, if you prefer that shape and texture for your slaw over the pre-cut matchsticks.

Broccoli slaw mix comes pre-cut in plastic packages at the market under these brand names: Green Giant, Dole, Mann's, Wegman's, Eat Smart, Marketside, Trader Joe's, Taylor, River Ranch, Fresh Selections, and possibly some others in your part of the country.

Broccoflower

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Notice the similarities between the Cauliflower and the Broocoflower (green).This is a Romanesco Broccoli, often used to illustrate the principal and appearance of Fractal Geometry in nature. You can cut it up for slaw, too.
Notice the similarities between the Cauliflower and the Broocoflower (green).
Notice the similarities between the Cauliflower and the Broocoflower (green). | Source
This is a Romanesco Broccoli, often used to illustrate the principal and appearance of Fractal Geometry in nature. You can cut it up for slaw, too.
This is a Romanesco Broccoli, often used to illustrate the principal and appearance of Fractal Geometry in nature. You can cut it up for slaw, too. | Source

Pre-packaged Broccoli Slaw looks like this:

A version of Broccoli Slaw. Without the dressing, it is in a frying pan, waiting to be tossed with scrambled eggs or rolled into a omelet.
A version of Broccoli Slaw. Without the dressing, it is in a frying pan, waiting to be tossed with scrambled eggs or rolled into a omelet. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves 3 to 4

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Broccoli Slaw Mix, (Matchstick cut of broccoli, carrots, and some red cabbage)
  • 1 Cup Zucchini Matchsticks, (Matchstick cut is easy to do at home on one small zucchini.)
  • 1/4 Cup Homemade Relish, See recipe below
  • 1 Cup Balsamic Mayonnaise, (or to taste)
  • 1/2 Cup Lightly salted peanuts, walnuts, or pecans

Recipe for Homemade Relish

This is one good way for me to use the remainder of vegetables in my refrigerator.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup white vinegar and 1/2 Cup water
  • Garlic salt, black pepper, and white pepper, to your own taste.
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup each of coarsely chopped red onion, chopped white onion, chopped peeled and seeded cucumber, and chopped zucchini (skin left on).

Instructions:

  • I take a pickle jar or similar and place the chopped vegetables into it. Next, add the vinegar, water, and seasonings. Close the jar with its lid tightly closed. Shake the bottle a few times and place it in a refrigerator.
  • It's ready to go in a few hours, or you can leave it sit overnight to meld flavors.

Hellmann's Creamy Balsamic Mayonnaise Dressing

Instructions for the Slaw

  1. Trim ends from one small zucchini and cut into matchsticks. Mix the broccoli slaw cuts and the zucchini cuts in a large bowl.
  2. Add homemade relish and mix well.
  3. Add the balsamic mayonnaise and mix to blend.
  4. Sprinkle nuts over the top of the slaw and refrigerate one hour.

Ingredients from the bottle:

Water, Soybean Oil, Balsamic Vinegar (Wine Vinegar, Grape Must), Whole Eggs, Egg Yolks, Modified Food Starch (Corn, Potato), Sugar, Salt, Vinegar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sorbic Acid and Calcium Disodium EDTA (Used To Protect Quality).

Balsamic Mayonnaise

I recently discovered this ingredient when our local market placed it on discounted sale one week.

Balsamic Mayonnaise surprisingly is made with no balsam at all. It does contain balsamic vinegar, which is made from a particular type of grape, the Trebbiano. However, this grape is common and one of the top grapes planted in the world.

Legend has it that the vinegar picked up the name "balsamic", because the Latin and Greek root word of "balsam" indicates healing properties; vinegar of various sorts has been used for healing purposes in many parts of the world.

With the flavors of the balsamic mayonnaise in the slaw recipe above, I am tempted to try the addition of raisins to the dish, probably golden raisins, since the Trebbiano grape is a white grape.

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breakfastpop 2 years ago

This looks so delicious. I am adding the ingredients to my shopping list! Voted up, useful and interesting.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Hi breakfastpop! - It is good to see you and I do hope you like this recipe. Happy shopping and let us now what you think of the finished product!


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Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

This looks great, and has lots of possibilities for variation. I will try it. I especially like the idea of adding nuts.

I do already have a favorite slaw dressing -- but I might try adding a little basalmic glaze to it.

I have been making slaw lately with cabbage, grated carrot, grated radish, green onion. The broccoli and zucchini takes it to a new level.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Hello, Rochelle! - The idea of green onion and radish in your slaw sounds delicious, so I will try that very soon. Thanks for sharing that!


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Never made this. Seems to worth a try. Thank you for sharing the recipe.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

I hope you like it, Ms Dora!


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eirevet 2 years ago from Ireland

This tastes incredible- thanks for the recipe!


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

@eirevet - Thanks very much! - Unsure of the results, that's exactly what I thought after I let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. I wondered if it would be good with the balsamic mayonnaise and was very pleased.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

It all looks so good and tasty and the combination is great.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

I hope you are able to try it soon! Thanks for dropping by.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I love broccoli and this will certainly way to enjoy this veggie. Thanks for sharing.


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for trying this recipe. I'm about to make some more tomorrow.

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