It’s the end of August and all I can say is, don’t let summer end without trying this awesome Cold Broccoli Salad. It’s keto-friendly and super easy to make… and to be completely honest, you can skip blanching the broccoli if that’s too much trouble for you, but you’ll see in the photos below why I like to do it.
Prepare the broccoli. Just look at huge difference blanching makes! A quick minute in boiling water is all it takes, then rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.
Drain well - really, well. Broccoli acts like a sponge and holds a lot of water.
Look at how much water my salad spinner got, and that was AFTER I drained it in a colander! Almost a full cup. Wow! That water would really dilute the dressing so you definitely want to get rid of it. If you don’t have a salad spinner (and you really, really, really should), wrap the broccoli in a clean kitchen towel (or I’ve heard of people also using a clean pillowcase) and swing your arm around and around like a giant propeller (of course, you’ll want to do this outside!).
Next you’ll need to cook the bacon. I think this recipe works best when the bacon is cooked on the chewy side more than the crisp side, but you do what you like.
Carefully chop the bacon and be sure to save all those bacon drippings - they’re going to add amazing flavor to the dressing.
For the dressing, you’ll need mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, kosher salt, and freshly cracked black pepper.
Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
Add the blanched and drained broccoli….
And the bacon and bacon drippings - scrape every last bit out of the pan.
Toss everything together and try not to eat the entire bowl before you’ve had a chance to chill it - trust me, the flavors get better over time.
Serve cold or at room temperature. Enjoy!
Cold Broccoli Salad (Keto)
makes 8 servings
6 cups broccoli florets
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (reserve drippings)
1/2 cup mayonnaise (we love to use Duke’s)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (we like this one)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Blanch broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute; rinse with cold water to stop the cooking and drain very well (use a salad spinner if you have one).
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the bacon, bacon drippings, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and pepper; add broccoli and stir well to combine.
Chill well and serve cold.