Do you ever get into a salad rut? I know I do. Often, I struggle to get all the fiber, live plant enzymes and minerals in my day to day ketogenic way of life. I don’t always have the time or feel like making a salad because I live in a family full of boys with an incredible enthusiasm for anything green. You know I get tons of appreciation for this dish. NOT! But having said all that this is one of my favorite salads of all time. Let me tell you why.
- It tastes great! In my opinion this is the major reason, since if it doesn’t taste good, why eat it? Sure there are health benefits and yada, yada, yada, but bottomline to be perfectly honest, if it doesn’t taste good, I’m not that likely to eat it no matter how healthy it is.
- Easy to make. Yes, it does take some time to chop up all the vegetables and make all the components, if you like to make and grow everything from scratch like me. But if you are pressed for time like most or just don’t really enjoy the process, that’s ok too. There are plenty of choices out there, you just have to be more vigilant when checking labels. When possible,I will try and link the things I use to make it easier for you.
- Versatile. This base salad is so versatile. You can easily add different proteins ( steak, pulled pork, bacon, crispy chicken, etc…) The list is endless. You can change out the dressing you use , depending on your preferences but I find my go to favorites are my Dairy Free Ranch Dressing or my Dairy Free Creamy Italian Dressing. Don’t like pecans! No Problem! Just pick another nut you like. There’s always plenty of nuts out there to choose from.
- Nutrients. This salad is purposefully created to provide a maximum amount of nutrients and fiber that can sometimes be lacking in a ketogenic or low carb diet. If you are just starting a ketogenic diet and are worried about getting the “keto flu”, due to low electrolytes- this is the salad for you. The three electrolytes, sodium, potassium and magnesium are all naturally occurring in many of the ingredients of this staple salad. I have also added for good measure, probiotics in the form of my Lacto Fermented Sauerkraut and sulforaphane from broccoli sprouts.
Chopped Broccoli Salad
- Gather together all the ingredients you will need.
- Chop up all your broccoli, mushrooms, celery, olives and nuts.
- Dump all your ingredients( except for avocado and sprouts) into a big mixing bowl and mix together with your chosen dressing. I like to make my own but you can also use Primal Kitchen Greek Dressing or Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing ( this last link is for 6 bottles, but you can probably find it at your local store for less)
Top with 1/4 avocado, a handful of broccoli sprouts and 3oz of protein.
The best part of my go to Chopped Broccoli Salad is that I can make it once a week on my meal prep day and it will last all week in the refrigerator. I only need to take it out and top it with whatever fixings I like. Such an easy way to keep you fiber, electrolytes and nutrients topped up when following a ketogenic or low carb lifestyle. Please let me know what you like to add to your special salad!