Broccoli salad

Broccoli Salad

Serves 6 as a side

  • 2 large heads of broccoli

  • 6 rashers higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon, finely sliced

  • olive oil

  • 3 firm red tomatoes, halved, deseeded and finely sliced

  • 1 small bunch of fresh chives (with flowers if you can get them), finely chopped, flowers reserved

  • For the dressing

  • ½ clove of garlic, peeled and finely grated

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

Use a small knife to remove the broccoli florets and cut them up into smaller ones. Basically, this is your opportunity to make the broccoli really delicate and more salady-looking, so spend a bit of time doing this. You'll be left with the stalk, so discard the thick dry base, then cut the remaining stalk in half lengthways and finely slice.



Blanch your broccoli florets and sliced stalks really quickly in boiling salted water for 60 seconds, just long enough to soften the broccoli but still leave it with a bit of a bite. Drain it in a colander, then spread it around a clean tea towel to steam dry (this is important because it will help the dressing cling to the broccoli). Once completely dry, transfer to a serving dish.



Fry the bacon on a medium heat with a small splash of olive oil until crisp and golden, then spoon most of the bacon bits over your broccoli. Any leftover fat in the pan can be used in your salad dressing. Pour it into a mixing bowl with all the other dressing ingredients and whisk.



Add the sliced tomatoes and chopped chives to your broccoli and bacon bits. Dress it all really well, and check the seasoning. If it needs pimping up, add a splash more vinegar. If you've got any chive flowers, sprinkle those over the top and serve straight away. It's beautiful on its own or served next to any grilled or roasted meat or fish.



PS: I also like to toss things like diced feta cheese or chopped fresh chilli through this salad. Different-coloured cherry tomatoes are really nice too.



Wine suggestion:

Italian white – a Falanghina from the south



Find out more about Jamie's American Road Trip tv show and Jamie's America Book

Nutritional Information

Broccoli salad

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I tested this delicious broccoli salad on some big ranching blokes and they loved it – enough said
Serves 6 as a side
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One of the cowgirls I met said she struggled for ideas at mealtimes because the men weren't overly keen on eating veg. However, she did say one of the things they would eat was broccoli salad. Every diner and restaurant in Cody seemed to have one on the menu, so I created this version, which is absolutely delicious and hits all the right spots. When I cooked it for a group of ranchers there was none left by the end of the night. Success!

Use a small knife to remove the broccoli florets and cut them up into smaller ones. Basically, this is your opportunity to make the broccoli really delicate and more salady-looking, so spend a bit of time doing this. You'll be left with the stalk, so discard the thick dry base, then cut the remaining stalk in half lengthways and finely slice.

Blanch your broccoli florets and sliced stalks really quickly in boiling salted water for 60 seconds, just long enough to soften the broccoli but still leave it with a bit of a bite. Drain it in a colander, then spread it around a clean tea towel to steam dry (this is important because it will help the dressing cling to the broccoli). Once completely dry, transfer to a serving dish.

Fry the bacon on a medium heat with a small splash of olive oil until crisp and golden, then spoon most of the bacon bits over your broccoli. Any leftover fat in the pan can be used in your salad dressing. Pour it into a mixing bowl with all the other dressing ingredients and whisk.

Add the sliced tomatoes and chopped chives to your broccoli and bacon bits. Dress it all really well, and check the seasoning. If it needs pimping up, add a splash more vinegar. If you've got any chive flowers, sprinkle those over the top and serve straight away. It's beautiful on its own or served next to any grilled or roasted meat or fish.

PS: I also like to toss things like diced feta cheese or chopped fresh chilli through this salad. Different-coloured cherry tomatoes are really nice too.

Wine suggestion:
Italian white – a Falanghina from the south

Find out more about Jamie's American Road Trip tv show and Jamie's America Book

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 308
    15%
  • Carbs 4.7g
    2%
  • Sugar 4.1g 5%
  • Fat 27.1g 39%
  • Saturates 5.4g 27%
  • Protein 8.6g 19%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 2 large heads of broccoli

  • 6 rashers higher-welfare smoked streaky bacon, finely sliced

  • olive oil

  • 3 firm red tomatoes, halved, deseeded and finely sliced

  • 1 small bunch of fresh chives (with flowers if you can get them), finely chopped, flowers reserved

  • For the dressing

  • ½ clove of garlic, peeled and finely grated

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper