Thursday, September 20, 2012

Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

Yes, I got the primary ingredient for this salad, a crunchy broccoli slaw, pre-shredded at Trader Joe's. But it still gets a spot on the blog because, well, it's shredded raw broccoli, plus I added some other stuff to it (almonds and craisins! Has anyone ever thought of adding those to salads before? Guys, they're really good).

The real star of the salad, though, is a homemade honey poppy seed dressing. I always like the idea of poppy seed dressings, but when I eat them from the bottle or at a restaurant I find they're often too sweet or creamy for me (and have the nutrition facts to match). This dressing is sweetened with honey rather than sugar so it isn't cloying, and has a nice bite from the apple cider vinegar and hefty dollop of mustard. I recommend adding a few big cranks of freshly cracked pepper right at the end; I tried the dressing before and after and could really taste the difference.