Lightened-Up Creamy Broccoli Salad
Healthy eating is about moderation! Two strips of bacon are all you need for a little indulgence that goes a long way flavor-wise. Buy the best quality bacon you can, nitrate-free if possible--it'll have tons of flavor and really punch up this healthy take on a classic side dish
Serving size: 6
Calories per serving: 174
2 strips low-sodium bacon
1/2 cup ice cubes
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 1/2 cups broccoli florets (about 1 pound), cut into bite-size pieces
1/3 cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons salted roasted sunflower seeds
Cook the bacon in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until crispy, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings for the dressing. Finely chop the bacon strips and reserve.
Whisk the buttermilk, sour cream, lemon zest and juice, reserved bacon drippings, 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Add the broccoli, onions and golden raisins to the dressing. Toss well, cover and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.
Before serving, toss well and season with additional salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving dish and top with the chopped bacon and sunflower seeds.
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