Potlucks are totally the high school cafeteria of food.
Think about it. You have a sundry collection of individuals (the potato salad; the BBQ pork; the weird fluffy green marshmallow stuff) forced into a single space (a picnic table; a parish hall; my minuscule kitchen.) Some potluck kids are popular (Mr. Seven-Layer-Dip); some are not (Miss Fuzzy Jell-O Mold). Some are wholesome (the veggie tray); others are trouble (Mr. Peanut Butter- Chocolate Pretzel Cookie, I should have listened to my Daddy and stayed away.)
Then, you have the kid who doesn’t fit into any particular group, who starts as a nerd, then winds up Prom Queen. Our potluck dweeb-turned-diva: Strawberry Broccoli Salad.
Anything involving vegetables might not begin as the cool kid in class, but with its tangy dressing, sharp cheddar cheese, punchy red onion, crunchy almonds, and sweet strawberries, Strawberry Broccoli Salad quickly proves itself to be a potluck super-star. Strawberry Broccoli Salad is one of my most trusted sides for any group gathering, and I have yet to come home with leftovers, which I find simultaneously satisfying and (selfishly) disappointing.
Strawberry Broccoli Salad is my healthy summer twist on the classic Waldorf salad. Where the Waldorf combines broccoli, grapes, bacon, and a semi-truckload of mayo, Strawberry Broccoli Salad rocks fresh strawberries, toasted almonds, and Greek yogurt.
The enormous hunks of super-sharp cheddar cheese in Strawberry Broccoli Salad are my artistic liberty. I love the extra flavor and richness the cheese provides. Plus where cheese goes, good follows. Seek the good. Add cheese.
Besides being healthy, satisfying, and downright delectable, Strawberry Broccoli Salad provides another excuse for me to continue to eat my body weight in fresh strawberries (and offsets the amount I already devoured in the form of Strawberry Super Pie.) Red, ripe strawberries have been working their way into my fridge by the pound-full, no doubt encouraged by my attendance at last weekend’s Strawberry Fest in Cedarburg, WI.
Strawberry Milk: Does a Body Good
A sampling of strawberry-centric festival menu: Strawberry milk (see above), strawberry salsa, strawberry pancakes, strawberry wine, fried strawberry rangoon, chocolate-sea salt strawberries, and the festival signature: Strawberry Brats. Strawberry Shortcake and I were even dressed to match.
A Bumble Bee (?), Yours Truly, Strawberry Shortcake, Lisa (BFF and my festival guide)
Summer is here, potluck season has arrived, and strawberries are the cool-kid in class. Celebrate by baking yourself a strawberry smothered-pie, gobbling strawberry-lemonade cheesecake, and sipping strawberry-basil bubbly. Afterwards, you can recover with Strawberry Broccoli Salad. Who’s with me?
Strawberry Broccoli Salad
- 5 cups fresh broccoli florets
- 3 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/3 cup red onion (finely diced)
- 1/4 cup roasted unsalted almonds (coarsely chopped)
- 2/3 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup fresh strawberries sliced
- In a large bowl, toss together the broccoli, cheddar, red onion, and almonds.
- In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, sugar, vinegar, and kosher salt. Pour over broccoli mixture, then toss to coat. Gently stir in strawberries. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
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