broccoli crunch slaw

broccoli slaw dinner

I’m pretty proud of the above meal. It was whipped up in about 30 minutes and it used up a lot of perishables in our fridge. This meal was a great clean-out-the-fridge-cuz-we’re-heading-on-holiday fare. It’s true that the grits weren’t going to spoil, but I made them with the last of our carton of skim milk plus a remaining nub of Monterey Jack cheese. But this post isn’t about the steak or the grits…it’s about the broccoli slaw.

broccoli slaw dinner

A short while ago, I tasted a pretty wonderful broccoli slaw at the Acme Cafe (a relatively new place in our extended neighbourhood). I liked the slaw better than my turkey sandwich and decided that I’d try out a version at home. Despite the fact that I generally don’t like raw broccoli, this slaw totally changed my mind. Don’t fear the raw green monster here – it adds a hearty crunch and goes so well with the pungent onions, the roasted almonds and the sweet dried cranberries. It looks like a charmer and it tastes even better.

broccoli slaw dinner

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68 comments to “broccoli crunch slaw”

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    Tracy   June 9, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Looks like you hit the jackpot in your fridge. The slaw looks pretty amazing.

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    siri   June 9, 2010 at 9:32 am

    This just might be my first time commenting here. Firstly, I like where you’re going with that slaw. I’d eat it up in a minute. Secondly, I usually add sharp cheddar to my grits, by Monteray Jack sounds GOOD. And lastly, that looks like THE PERFECT summer meal.

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    Bijoux   June 9, 2010 at 10:09 am

    This salad looks great! I’m sold at the almonds and dried cranberries. Any salad that has these two dudes in it is a winner! And hot sauce too, love the hot sauce!

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    maija   June 9, 2010 at 10:28 am

    This reminds me a lot of a salad that we did as a side for outdoor picnics when I worked in catering in college. It was always a hit — the basic ingredients were chopped broccoli, red grapes, minced red onion, walnuts, and chopped green apples (soaked in lemon juice) plus a coleslaw-style dressing. I did a version of this after Thanksgiving this year, and it was a nice dose of veggies & fruit after the holiday indulging.

    Just another variation to keep in mind next time you’re cleaning out the fridge!

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    Naomi Rose   June 9, 2010 at 10:42 am

    OMNOMNOM, definitely have to try a v version of this!

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    Margot   June 9, 2010 at 11:05 am

    My compliments to the chef! To build a meal with such a variety of flavors and textures out of leftovers is commendable. I am liking the thought of the crunch from your broccoli slaw paired with, say, polenta.

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    Angie   June 9, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Oooh! I also enjoyed the slaw more than my sandwich at Acme – it was that good. I’ll definitely give your version a try. Thanks!

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    Joanne   June 10, 2010 at 3:19 am

    I’ve made this slaw before and have to say thought it was fantastic. It’s such an explosion of flavors.

    What a gorgeous meal! I’m having dinner at YOUR house tonight :P

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    Ms. Pearl   June 10, 2010 at 5:48 am

    I love broccoli salad with red onions, sunflower seeds and raisins, so will probably like this too. Thanks for sharing!

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    Michelle   June 10, 2010 at 11:11 am

    This looks so good! I bet it’s delicious!!

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    Duchess   June 10, 2010 at 11:15 am

    We make a similar salad except it uses bacon (in my case turkey bacon) It adds a good flavor to it and for the meat eaters, they enjoy the meat/veggie combo

    :0)

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    heather @ chiknpastry   June 10, 2010 at 11:22 am

    i think this looks great! an old coworker of mine makes the best broccoli “salad” (i think salad or slaw are correct, actually) and it is outta this world! i think the trick is making the broccoli into smaller pieces.

    happy holiday!

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    Michelle   June 10, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I love this salad, but I always buy it from the deli! Thank you for the recipe. It looks delicous, as do the steak and grits!

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)   June 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I love cleaning out the fridge! It always makes you think outside the box! What a great meal. The broccoli slaw sounds delicious! It looks beautiful too!

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    shellie   June 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    my husband bought some of the ingredients and i am so making this when my arm feels better…it looks so yummy!!!

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    Laura   June 10, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    As soon as I saw broccoli crunch slaw I thought of the Acme slaw which I had last week! Can’t wait to make this and your grits look so creamy and delish. Have a great holiday!

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    tasteofbeirut   June 10, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    This slaw looks so good! i need to remember to make it, as I love all the ingredients you used, especially the dried cranberries!

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    The Nervous Cook   June 11, 2010 at 4:48 am

    I love broccoli so much, and it’s been sadly neglected in my repertoire lately. This is just the thing to bring it back! Looks awesome — can’t wait to eat some slaw.

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    Megan DeLong   June 11, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Hey there Kickpleat!
    I made your vegan scones yesterday, but with big chunks of peaches instead of pears and they were SO good.

    Thanks for posting recipes like this; as a new vegan sometimes I’m unsure of what ingredients could be left out with little to no disastrous effects, so knowing eggs aren’t a big deal for scones is a relief.

    Love the blog and look forward to more of your deliciousness! Oh, and I’ll post on my food blog about these fabulous scones in a week or so if you’d like to check it out.

    Cheers,
    Megan

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    Lauren   June 11, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I have a similar recipe I love, only you blanch the broccoli for just a minute or so to take the “edge” off… AND it brings out the nice green color! I like how yours uses greek yogurt instead of mayo though.

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    geek+nerd   June 12, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I agree – that looks delicious!

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    Sues   June 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    This is the perfect summer side salad and it’s definitely been bookmarked to make soon! I love that you used Greek yogurt instead of all mayo :)

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    Dana   June 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I don’t like raw broccoli either but I’m going to trust you on this one. I love all the colors!

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    Daily Spud   June 14, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Fortunately, I have absolutely no problem with raw broccoli, so this slaw is a very easy sell for me. In fact, consider me sold!

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    jan   June 14, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    That looks yummy!

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    Julia   June 14, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Making it tonight to go with bbq’d pork sausages. I love it when I have something in the kitchen to look forward to!

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    Mary   June 15, 2010 at 8:22 am

    This looks pretty amazing. As a meat eater who is trying to reform I am new to your blog. I’ve been reading some of your earlier posts and love the recipes I’ve found. I’ll be back as often as I can. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

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    vanillasugar   June 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    you did this once before, cleaned out the fridge and came up with the best salad. but this one, man there is a lot of really good texture going on here. you got a winner here fo sure.

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    kristin   June 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Yum! Hubs doesn’t even like broccoli, but he finished this off all by himself! Thanks!

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    shellie   June 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I would like you to know what you already know…this is delicious…it like the crack of food…ive made it 4 times since last week…you should clean out your fridge more often…Thanks!

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    Vanessa   June 17, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I don’t like broccoli at all, but this sounded so good I had to try. I just used all yogurt and no mayo, and it turned out great! I ate it for three days straight and even had dreams about it! Thanks for sharing.

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    Beth   June 17, 2010 at 10:20 am

    This needs to be in my belly RIGHT NOW! Yum!!! I love variations of slaw. Thanks for sharing this lovely summer side!

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    Shira   June 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

    All it took was “couple dashes of hot sauce” in the recipe. Sold.

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    wendy   June 17, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    this is my very favourite veggie salad, bar none. except that I usually add a couple of slices of crumbled bacon, and some feta cheese. Yes.

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    kickpleat   June 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Tracy, indeed! This meal totally rocked and the slaw was totally fabulous.

    Siri, it was a nice mix-in as I too usually add in sharp cheddar. And yes, this salad is ideal for summer & picnics!

    Thanks Bijoux, I’m pretty happy with this salad. It’s going on repeat for sure.

    Maija, your version sounds delicious! Love the addition of grapes & apples.

    Thanks Naomi, this would be a cinch to veganize.

    Margot, a meal of contrasting flavours & textures. I loved it.

    Angie, funny that! This version comes very close.

    Joanne, this is a flavour explosion! Yum.

    Ms Peral the addition of sunflower seeds is a good one.

    Michelle, it is. Trust me.

    Mmmm, bacon! Duchess, I’m sold.

    Heather, I think chopping up the broccoli into a fine slaw makes the rawness more palatable.

    Michelle, make it yourself as I’m sure it’s a lot healthier and more affordable that way.

    Sarena, indeed! Thanks.

    Shellie, heal up and make this quick!

    Thanks Laura, I think you’ll find this a worthy contender to the Acme version.

    Thanks tasteof beirut, it’s a keeper this one.

    Nervous Cook, I hope you give this a shot.

    Megan, thanks so much! I’m blushing over here :) Nice to swap in peaches…I can’t wait until they get into season here in Vancouver.

    Lauren, chopping the broccoli into small chunks helps to take the edge off too. This is a healthier version than most broccoli salads.

    Thanks geek+nerd.

    Sues, the greek yogurt was just based on what I had to use up in the fridge and it worked out so perfectly!

    Dana, trust me.

    Haha, I’m glad you’re sold on this Spud!

    Thanks Jan – and you can make this one since it doesn’t require a stove!

    Julie, your meal sounds perfect.

    Mary, I hope you find some good recipe here! Thanks and good luck with all the cooking.

    VanillaSugar, it’s one of my strengths I think making something out of nothing (though steak in the fridge is hardly nothing!).

    Hooray, glad your husband loved this salad.

    Shellie, hooray! So glad to hear this. This is a crack you can definitely become addicted to. Enjoy the high!

    Vanessa, love that you just used yogurt and no mayo!

    Thanks Beth, hope you enjoy it!

    Shira, use hot sauce liberally if you desire :)

    Wendy, love the sound of both.

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    Lori   June 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Oh this is definitely a keeper. I will so be trying this one.

    I love when stuff gets used up in a creative way. Bravo!

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    Ashley   June 18, 2010 at 7:56 am

    I loooooove broccoli slaw and know I’d love this one too. It seems really similar to one I was obsessed with last summer (http://www.eatmedelicious.com/2009/10/broccoli-slaw.html). I need to be more creative about using up the bits and bobs in my fridge like this!

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    Sara   June 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    LOVE a good broc slaw. I like to let it sit overnight and soften a tad, but I know some think that’s gross. Great looking dinner!

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    Sarah @ Mum In Bloom   June 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

    This recipe looks fantastic. I stumbled upon your wonderful blog today and have printed almost a dozen recipes I want to try. Love your blog and I’m a new follower :)

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    Sally Mae   June 21, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks for the idea! I just whipped up a version and added kohlrabi, green onions, and apple – super delicious:)

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    Taylor   June 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

    This looks like a great healthy side dish! I love the hot sauce in it…and the combination of sweet and salty

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    Stephanie   June 26, 2010 at 11:31 am

    You get the clean-out-the-fridge award for the week. Looks amazing.

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    sensiblecooking   June 28, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I love broccoli slaw. I got a similar recipe from one of our chef at work. But he called it broccoli salad. Here is the link. http://sensiblecooking.org/healthy-eating/broccoli-salad-with-yogurt-dressing/
    I have to have it in my fridge during summer time. It’s amazing how you managed to make all that in 30 minutes.

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    sarah   June 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Hello, this looks very tasty. And it has motivated me to subscribe via RSS. I am always on the lookout for more great ideas to fuel my vegetable passion. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    kristy   June 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    We have a grocery store that makes an addicting similar ingredient slaw, I am so excited to have a recipe that might be similar to try at home (cause it is pricey there)! Thanks!

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    kickpleat   July 2, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Thanks Lori, hope you enjoy it.

    Ashley, you should try the version from Acme. So good!

    Sara, sounds good either way!

    Thanks Sarah, hope you find plenty of recipes to enjoy. Thanks for following!

    Sally Mae, super healthy version! Love it.

    Thanks Taylor, it’s a good mix.

    Ha ha, thanks Stephanie!

    Sensible, it’s fairly easy to put something together in 30 minutes!

    Thanks for subscribing, Sarah. Hope you enjoy the salad.

    Kristy, yes, make this at home. It’s easy and delicious.

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    Exploded Daniel   August 12, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Dare I saw broccoli slaw should be considered the definitive slaw?

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    Naomi   August 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    the broccoli slaw is the first recipe I tried from your site and it is DELICIOUS!! I was going to make the polenta and pork chop to go with it, but I have already eaten half the bowl and now I am full…thanks! (:

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    orlando seo   October 27, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Do you mind if I borrowed a bit of your template design for my own website? I’ve found it’s nicer to ask than steal! Thanks!

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    kickpleat   October 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Really Orlando??? You want to steal or “borrow” elements of my design? And you are a web designer?? Shameful.

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    Leeanne   November 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I live in QLD Australia and its pretty hot here for most of the year so we eat alot of salads but as I cook for a couple of bland eaters we eat the same salads…alot. I found this recipe yesterday and made it because I could not resist the look of it….resounding success, everyone loved it and I am having the leftovers for lunch with a few boiled eggs thrown through! Yum, I wonder which of your recipes I will try tonight!

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    Elena Potter   January 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I got a mandoline for Christmas, and I was looking for a good slaw to make for its maiden voyage. This fit the bill, and was simply delicious. I made it with walnuts since that what was in the cupboard; next time I will try almonds and raisins. Yum, yum!

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    Rebecca   July 22, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Hi, I stumbled across this recipe yesterday and I thought it sounded so fresh and tasty I made a special trip to the market today for the ingredients. Love it! I also added some beetroot I had and my new favourite fruit, figs. I’ll be recommending this to everyone.
    Well done.

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    Becca   October 21, 2011 at 7:57 am

    I’ve been looking for a broccoli slaw recipe for awhile now! This one sounds delicious. Love your blog – new follower!

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    Janet   October 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Late to the party but just wanted to say I made this for a potluck tonight and it was a total hit! I’m a raw broccoli wimp so I blanched it for about thirty seconds and then shocked it in cold running water but otherwise followed your recipe. Thanks!

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    Kelly   November 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I tried this tonight–a little spicy and a little sweet–yummy!

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    Michelle   December 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    First, I have to say that my 12 year old son hates hates hates broccoli. I made this tonight and I thought it was delicious. At first he begrudgingly said it was edible and then he had seconds and by the time he hit thirds, he admitted that it was great and is taking the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. It’s a vegetable miracle! I’m going to try it next time with apples and raisins and no onion for a sweeter flavor. Thanks for a fabulous recipe and a great site.

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    Tracy Jalique   March 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I just had to comment about Acme’s broccoili crunch slaw!! OMG!! It is the most yummy slaws I ever tasted!! Even better than Captain Ron’s Slaw!! Whoever created this stuff should be recognized!! I absolutely LOVE it!! Thank You ACME for selling it!! Keep selling it, and I will keep buying it! It’s sooo worth it!

    Sincerely,

    Tracy

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    Kim   May 28, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    My sister-in-law sent me this recipe and I can’t wait to try it! Do you happen to have the nutrition analysis done on it? I would love to know the calories per serving, like in a half cup.

    Thanks!

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    kickpleat   May 28, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Kim, you can do a search on google for a calculator to find out all those details – just plug the recipe into it. Enjoy the slaw, it’s a keeper!

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