This lightly dressed, chilled broccoli salad is great for picnics, potlucks, and other casual get-togethers.
The mayonnaise-free dressing adds a boost of bright flavor thanks to the fresh lemon juice and zest, while the crisp-tender broccoli and pumpkin seeds add a satisfying crunch.
If you have the time, make this recipe the night before. The extra time will allow the flavors to blend more thoroughly.
Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes to overnight
3/4 c. full-fat, non-flavored Greek yogurt
1 T. honey* or one very small pinch Stevia powder
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1 T. fresh lemon zest
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
½ small red onion, outer skin removed and cut into thin slices
2 large heads fresh broccoli, tough stems removed, rinsed, and broken into florets
6 slices bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
¼ c. fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/3 c. toasted pumpkin seeds, unsalted
To make the dressing, combine the Greek yogurt, honey, lemon juice, and zest in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
Add the broccoli florets to a large, microwave-safe dish and add 2-3 T. water. Cover and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes, or until florets are crisp tender. (Check after 3 minutes and adjust cooking times accordingly).
Remove from microwave and drain excess liquid. Set aside, uncovered, and allow steamed florets to cool.