Orange broccoli salad with citrus vinaigrette

We need citrus this time of the year and I love to use citrus in my food. In this broccoli salad I use both orange and lemon.

  • 1 bunch of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 small shallot or onion, finely minced
  • 3-4 slices of bacon
  • 2 tbsp roasted & salted sunflower seeds
  1. Start by frying the bacon and get some salted water boiling in a medium pot.
  2. Boil the broccoli florets until just tender about 3-4 min, then drain.
  3. Cut the fried bacon into small pieces and do the same with the shallots.
  4. Peel the oranges and cut them into bite-size pieces.
  5. Then mix broccoli, oranges, shallots, bacon and sunflower seeds well and pour the citrus vinaigrette over the salad.

Citrus vinaigrette

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  1. Whisk all the ingredients together. I usually put everything in a glass jar with a lid and shake it well. If I don’t use it all, the remaining vinaigrette can go straight into the fridge for next time.

Suggestions

Substitute the bacon with whole cashew nuts for a vegetarian version. You may want to leave out the sunflower seeds, if using cashews. If you want to cut time, you can use canned mandarins in place of fresh oranges.

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