Thursday, July 2, 2009

Broccoli Bacon Salad

Ok, ya'll. How many times have you gone to a 4th of July potluck or BBQ and wished there were some healthier options that we more than just you're plain old lettuce salad or fruit tray? If you said yes...or even if you said no we have a solution! This month's issue of Eating Well Magazine published a whole section on made over potluck faves like this Broccoli Bacon Salad. Your average broccoli bacon salad is a whopping 460 calories per 1/2 cup serving. This health wise one is an amazing 89 calories per 1 cup serving! So you really can't go wrong. For more slimmed down recipes from Eating Well that will rock your tastebuds and this year's BBQ go to:

Broccoli Bacon Salad

1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
4 cups finely chopped broccoli crowns (see Tip)
1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
3 tablespoons dried cranberries
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Whisk garlic, mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar and sugar in a large bowl. Add broccoli, water chestnuts, bacon, cranberries and pepper; stir to coat with the dressing. Serves 6

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 89 calories; 4 g fat

MAKE AHEAD TIP: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.