Happy Meatless Monday! I am so thrilled to announce some exciting news…I will be blogging for The Bar Method Fresno for the next 6 weeks! The Bar Method here in my hometown is having a 6 week Bar Bikini Bootcamp and has asked me to be provide healthy recipes during their challenge. I love that I am getting the chance to promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle to people in my own community! Each week during the challenge I will have a theme associated with my recipes…and this week is Spring Salads/ Salads on the Go!
I love using greek yogurt in this salad recipe instead of bunch of mayo. Not only does it lower the calorie and fat content but it gives this salad an extra protein boost! Lately I have been all about Siggis yogurt mainly due to its low sugar and high protein content! If you have not tried it yet I highly recommend it 🙂 The plain works perfectly in this recipe. You can make this salad the night before and easily pack it up for lunch the next day. This recipe will stay good in your fridge for up to 5 days.
With such a healthy main ingredient in this dish, it only makes sense to make the rest of it healthy too, right? In the grocery stores you usually will find broccoli salad with bacon in it, but I chose to make this a light ‘Meatless Monday’ side dish. I served this broccoli salad to some kiddos during one of my community nutrition rotations for my dietetics internship which is why I chose to opt out the onions. But usually, I would include some delicious red onions…they give it a great look and flavor! Nutritionally, broccoli is always a great option. With just 1 cup you will be meeting or even exceeding your daily needs of Vitamin C, K and it is also a great source of folate and potassium. I hope you all enjoy this salad…more salads to come throughout the week!
Meatless Monday Greek Yogurt Broccoli Salad
- 2 1/2 cups chopped raw broccoli
- 1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt of your choice
- 1/4 cup light mayo
- 1 Tbsp. rice vinegar or white vinegar
- 1.5 tsp. sugar
- 2 Tbsp. raisins and dried cranberries
- 3 Tbsp. chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds, pecans, almonds
- 1/2 red onion optional
Wash and chop the broccoli and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, mayo, vinegar, sugar, raisins and nuts.
Toss the broccoli into the dressing mixture and mix well until broccoli pieces are evenly covered.
Chill and serve!
You may use more greek yogurt instead of including the mayo. Also, you may use less sugar since you are getting sweetness from the raisins and dried cranberries! Only 90 calories for 1/2 cup.