Your Signature Potluck Dish – Creamy Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad is a staple at summer picnics. It has such great potential to be a healthy option but it often drowning in gloppy dressing. This lightened version allows broccoli to be the star. The dressing maintains that beloved creamy texture with a few playful surprises.

Light and Creamy Broccoli Salad | Our Lady of Second Helpings

This is embarrassing to admit so please tell me I’m not the only one who does this – I excitedly accept an invitation to a party or potluck a few weeks away, make a note of the upcoming event on my calendar, and then file it away for later. The week of the potluck arrives and I have no dish planned, but, I don’t fret because there are still a few days to think of something. The day of the potluck arrives and I spend the entire day void of good ideas and wishing I had planned my dish in advance.

If you can relate to my method (or lack thereof) I have a suggestion for both of us. Choose a signature dish. Once you have chosen a signature dish you will be less likely to find yourself paying for a bag of chips and a tub of salsa thirty minutes before a party (at least grab one of the refrigerated options!).

Citrus Honey Mustard Dressing - made with low fat Greek Yogurt! | Our Lady of Second Helpings

Suggestions for choosing a signature dish:

  1. Start with ingredients you are likely to have on hand at any given time.
  2. Pick fresh ingredients with year round availability.
  3. Look for a dish that will be great if made a day in advance or just a few minutes prior to serving.
  4. Imagine your dish fitting easily with a variety of entrées (grilled meat, fish, casseroles, etc).
  5. Consider appealing to a wide range of dietary needs and preferences.
  6. Most importantly – make your signature dish something that you enjoy, that fits your health goals, and could satisfy your hunger if the other food options do not meet the first two criteria.

A few weeks ago I found myself hours from a potluck dinner with no solid plan for what to make. Adding to my stress was the guest list – all the other diners were food blog writers. Ack! I knew the meal would be casual but I wanted to bring something I was proud to share with the talented group.

SONY DSC
Citrus Honey Mustard Dressing - made with low fat Greek Yogurt! | Our Lady of Second Helpings

This salad came together less than an hour before I scrambled out the door. When I showed up to dinner with my bowl of Creamy Broccoli Salad I was very happy with my contribution. It fit right in with the hostess’s main dish and complemented the other appetizers and side dishes. It fits the criteria quite nicely and I may have found my signature dish.

Here are some of the other goodies we enjoyed:

Artichoke and Goat Cheese Phyllo Appetizer – by Shut Up & Cook (cheesy briny goodness in a crisp papery envelope)

Persian Cucumber Bites with Lox & Dill Cream Cheese – by Everyday Maven (crunchy, salty, creamy, and gorgeous!)

Light and Creamy Broccoli Salad | Our Lady of Second Helpings

 

Creamy Broccoli Salad with Honey mustard dressing
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Broccoli Salad is a staple at summer picnics. It has such great potential to be a healthy option but it often drowning in gloppy dressing. This lightened version allows broccoli to be the star. The dressing maintains that beloved creamy texture with a few playful surprises.
Author:
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs broccoli chopped into bite size pieces
  • ½ cup minced green onion, approximately 3-4 whole onions
  • ½ cup raisins, lightly packed
  • ¼ cup sunflower seed kernels, toasted without salt
Dressing
  • ½ cup (4 oz) non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp coarse ground mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp orange zest
Method
  1. In large salad bowl, toss together the broccoli salad ingredients.
  2. Whisk together the dressing ingredients then fold into the salad until it is fully coated. Finish with additional orange zest.
  3. Refrigerate the finished salad for 4 hours up to overnight.

Comments

  1. I was at a restaurant this past weekend, and I had a very similar salad (hence why I am on the hunt!). It was absolutely delicious, I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  2. Mmm, what a yummy salad, Rose! I’m sure it was a hit. I love broccoli salads and this one sounds creamy, crunchy, sweet and delicious.

  3. That is a great salad and much lighter that most mayo-bacon fat laced ones. Do you blanche your broccoli at all? I find it is easier for me to eat it that way.

Leave a Reply

Rate this recipe: