Broccoli Slaw Salad with Blueberries is tart and creamy, and packed with antioxidants and probiotics! The tang comes from using a kefir yogurt blend; no mayo needed! Which also makes it healthy and gut friendly. Super clean eating recipe with great flavor!
So I have good news and bad news. The good news is that the Kiwi is on the mend! His back is much better and he is able to walk and move and be human – yay! Lots of good healthy fats and grain free eating, helped. Or at least I like to think so, and take full credit for that nourishment. Haha, right?
The bad news, okay semi bad news, is that I’ve made this version of a recipe before. GASP! Don’t judge me, just hear me out. I made broccoli slaw salad before, but with a few different ingredients and herbs/spices. But the whole reason I made this simple broccoli slaw recipe AGAIN is because it’s so great for immunity and gut health. The kiwi definitely needs that after a few weeks of having to take pain meds (which can be a little harsh on your gut flora), and I need it because I was a complete stress ball, go figure! We all know what stress can do to the gut, and it ain’t pretty! Stress Reducing foods to the rescue!
So today we bring back the probiotics combined with prebiotics. The probiotics being the kefir yogurt (which is fermented) and the prebiotics being the broccoli cabbage slaw (the fibers in these vegetables). Together they make one MEGA HEALTHY vegetarian friendly SALAD that literally feeds the gut. Not to mention a great summer dish… just sayin.
Probiotics are a great supplement to feed our good gut bacteria. Those little guys keep our immune system going strong. There are a few good quality probiotics supplements out there, but most people often forget that cultured food contain a good source of probiotics as well.
Cultured food basically means it’s fermented—the chemical process of breaking a complicated substance down into simpler parts, usually with the help of bacteria, yeasts, or fungi. We see a lot of these foods in traditional dishes; such as kimchi, sauerkraut, and kombucha tea. Kefir is another fermented food that often gets forgotten, but shouldn’t! Oh how I love kefir and the deliciousness of creamy kefir yogurt! See, another reason why I am posting this recipe AGAIN today. I adore KEFIR!
Kefir’s tart and refreshing flavor is similar to a drinking-style yogurt, but it contains beneficial yeast as well as friendly ‘probiotic’ bacteria found in yogurt.
You know what else I love about kefir? It’s basically lactose free, due to the abundance of beneficial yeast lactase. This type of yeast will eat the lactose during fermentation. YAHOO!
That being said, I’ll tame my enthusiasm and get to the recipe!
This broccoli slaw salad recipe is one of my favorite dishes to add kefir yogurt to. Serve it as a light lunch, side dish, or snack.
It’s even great to make for a potluck dinner. A creamy salad that keeps everyone nourished and satisfied!
And it you are looking for a VEGAN dairy free version, check out Taylor’s Vegan/Whole 30 Greek Healthy Broccoli Salad!
Creamy Blueberry Broccoli Slaw Salad
- 12oz bag broccoli cabbage slaw salad mix (can also use small broccoli florets shredded with carrots, etc.)
- 1/2 cup cooked nitrate free bacon, crumbled (vegans can omit or use coconut bacon)
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries or craisins
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (roasted)
- 2 tbsp. balsamic or red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup plain kefir yogurt (can use plain yogurt too)
- 1 tsp smoked paprika or chili flakes work too
- 1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
- 1/2 tsp mustard powder (optional)
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp olive or avocado oil
- Place broccoli slaw in mixing bowl. Add in your kefir yogurt and vinegar. Mix well. Then add seasonings. Mix again. Finally, add the remaining fixins, berries, seeds, bacon, onion, etc. Mix and chill in fridge until ready to serve. Also great to mix into wraps. Serves 3-4.
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Well folks, I hope you stay healthy and energized this week! It’s the almost July, we have a lot of summer to enjoy, including a certain Holiday this weekend –> cue the fireworks! ***
Do you eat cultured foods? What’s your favorite?
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Happy Meatless Monday!