Monday, 4 March 2019

Broccoli Salad


I love broccoli and I always mess up the spelling. I can never remember - one "c" double "l" or double "c" and one "l" and sometimes I spell it with double "c" and double "l" and the spell check drives me nuts.

So I made the effort to set me straight. Double "c" one "l". How to remember? I think "coffee cup", two c's. What has coffee got to do with broccoli? I dunno.

The only time I put broccoli in a salad was when I made Pasta and Vegetable Salad. Other than that, I never think of broccoli as being the main star of a salad. And then I saw this Broccoli Salad recipe from Downshiftology.


The dressing is a combination of mayonnaise and yogurt and the broccoli is raw. I'm sorry. I cannot imagine eating broccoli raw. The smell. The taste. So. I blanched the broccoli for about 2 minutes to make it edible for me.

It's just like for beansprouts. I can eat beansprouts raw in soup noodles or kerabu but some people must have it lightly blanched to take the rawness out of it.

The other ingredients in this salad are crispy bacon (yum!!!), dried cranberries, sunflower seeds (I omitted because I don't have any), red onion and goat cheese (I cannot eat this).


Everything was going well in the kitchen until I discovered that my mayonnaise expired way before time. The expiry date is May 2019 and it is only early March 2019. The mayonnaise was off, the color and the taste. Yuks!

So how? Well, I had a bottle of Heinz Spicy Peri-Peri Mayonnaise. Not exactly ideal but it will do. Verdict? I'm afraid I did not like this salad and I blame it on the mayonnaise. I did not use the correct dressing and it is no surprise that not even the bacon made this salad tasty.


But no, I did not throw the salad away. There is nothing that a little squirt of Lingham Chili sauce cannot do to make things taste better hee..hee... In fact it tasted great with chili sauce.

I had the salad with a home cooked steak. So all was not lost.


I'm not giving up on this salad just yet. How could I when it involves bacon and one of my favorite veggies? Perhaps I should attempt a homemade mayonnaise to use for the salad. It should be interesting.

24 comments:

  1. Haha. Sometime I do miss up the spelling too. No worry, the auto correct will correct me. Lol.

    Nice homemade salad. Yes, add some dressing to it, it would enhance the taste.

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    1. Sometimes auto correct comes up with other words hah..hah...

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  2. I have that thing with the spelling too!

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  3. I couldn't take my eyes off your home cooked steak. of course I love to eat broccoli too but raw is too hard for my weak teeth. peri peri taste clashes with bacon taste I would think.

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    1. I want to try it raw by cutting it smaller and mix into coleslaw. We'll see how it goes.

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  4. I have used expired mayonnaise before. It usually stores well even after expiry, so the only explanation I can think of as to why yours expired before its time is because it was contaminated (by a dirty spoon perhaps). I always use a clean spoon and make sure it doesn't come into contact with the food if I need a second scoop. ^_~

    I can't eat raw broccoli either, neither do like it blanched. The only way I'd eat it in a salad if it's roasted...that I love! ;) I was once given a packet of raw nuts that included sunflower seeds and dried cranberries that I thought would be great in a salad. But I hate raw nuts, I don't even like toasted nuts in salads all that much. In the end I was too lazy to toast the nuts or separate out the sunflower seeds and dried cranberries, so I gave the packet of nuts away.

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    1. The mayonnaise was a new unopened bottle. I wonder what went wrong. Yes, I remember you mentioned loving roasted broccoli. It tastes great on its own or in salads. Eh, I dislike raw nuts too! My nuts must be well roasted for that nice taste and aroma.

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  5. This post is hilarious and tickled my ribs. I think my Thai blood enables me to chew on raw vegetables easily like a goat. In Thailand they eat their spicy "Nam Prik" sambal with many raw flowers, kangkung, kachang botol, long beans dan lain lain lagi.

    Having being a copywriter for some 10 years, I often & still get stuck with spellings like vacuum, accommodation dan lain lain lagi.

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    1. Maybe if the raw broccoli is dipped in nam prik, I might like it hah..hah...

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  6. I have some problems with spelling too, e.g. English and American spelling. I love broccoli but like Mun, I am also having gum/teeth problem. Your salad looks good. Hope you will get it right the next time with the right ingredient.

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  7. Exactly, i always have to think twice when i spell broccoli, i dont think i am able to eat broccoli raw as i have weak teeth

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    1. To eat broccoli raw it has to be cut into small pieces. I will try that later on.

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  8. So your tip of thinking of coffee cup when spelling broccoli comes in useful

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  9. lol! I have been confused with spellings for many years....but well, there is auto-correct, so...let it do the job!

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    1. Auto-correct sometimes give us other words >.<

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  10. Hee hee. I have the same problem with the spelling and the same appreciation for the vegetable. :-)

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  11. I love, love this salad! And your spicy version sounds amazing! I always sub dried cranberries for raisins, too. So yummy and perfect with steak.

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    1. I promised myself that I will try a raw version in coleslaw first and see how it goes!

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  12. Haha, the spelling of BROCCOLI, I totally can relate it!

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    1. LOL! There are many other words with the same problem >.<

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