A Tangy Twist: Greek Yogurt Salad Dressing

I’ve always enjoyed a good Broccoli Salad, but more often than not, it’s drowned in a heavy mayo dressing that leaves me feeling guilty and unsatisfied. That’s why I’m excited to share my recipe for a lighter, healthier version of this classic dish. Brace yourself for a tangy twist with Greek yogurt!

Close up of Broccoli Salad with Lighter Creamy Dressing with bacon, almonds, cranberries and red onion

A Better Raw Broccoli

Some people are a hard no when it comes to raw broccoli, and I get it. The florets can be dry and crumbly, lacking that desired freshness. But fear not, because I have a couple of solutions up my sleeve.

First, let the salad marinate in a creamy lemon dressing. The acid and oil in the dressing work their magic, tenderizing the broccoli and taking the edge off its rawness. Second, slice the florets thickly instead of leaving them whole. This increases the surface area for better marination and ensures a softened, crisp bite.

Broccoli Salad with Lighter Creamy Dressing in a white bowl with a jug of dressing on the side, ready to be served.

Plenty of Lighter Mayo Dressing

To create a creamy dressing without going overboard on the mayo, I combine it with sour cream or yogurt, lemon, and a splash of milk. The sour cream or yogurt acts as a thickener while adding a touch of acidity. The milk thins out the dressing, ensuring better coverage and allowing the florets to soak up the flavors. And don’t worry, we make up for the reduced mayo with plenty of other delicious flavorings.

Patience Is a Virtue I Struggle With

I won’t lie; this salad requires a bit of patience. It’s best made a day in advance or at least a couple of hours before serving. As someone who struggles with waiting, I’ve made the mistake of picking at it immediately after making it. Trust me, it’s not the same. The magic happens when you give those flavors time to meld together and let the dressing marinate the broccoli. It’s worth every minute of waiting!

See also  Cold Spaghetti Pasta Salad

Close up of Broccoli Salad with Lighter Creamy Dressing with bacon, almonds, cranberries and red onion

Watch How to Make It

Curious to see the steps in action? Check out the video below to learn how to make this tangy twist on Broccoli Salad.

Life of Dozer

Before I go, I have to share a little anecdote. Dozer, my golden retriever, can inhale a hunk of cheese in a single chomp. But when it comes to broccoli, he’s surprisingly delicate. He nibbles on a single floret for almost a minute, carefully crumbling it into pieces before savoring each tiny bite. It’s both adorable and amusing!

Dozer the golden retriever eating broccoli

So, my dear friend, venture into the world of Greek yogurt salad dressing with this tantalizing Broccoli Salad recipe. Let’s treat ourselves to a creamy, tangy twist without the guilt. For more delightful recipes, head over to Family Cuisine. Happy cooking!

  • Nagi x

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