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Hoisin Broccoli Salad

Written By: Chris - Sep• 10•12

I’m a big fan of Asian flavors!  Peking-style hoisin sauce ingredients include starches such as sweet potato, wheat or rice and water, sugar, soybeans, white distilled vinegar, salt, garlic and red chili peppers.  Traditionally, hoisin sauce is made using toasted mashed soy beans. Despite the literal meaning, hoisin sauce does not contain, seafood, nor is it, typically, used with it.

China: A number of Chinese cuisine dishes such as spring rolls, mu shu pork, peking duck and barbecued pork use the sauce. It is especially common in Cantonesr cuisine.

Vietnam: Hoisin sauce is also a popular condiment with Vietnamese noodle soup; the sauce can be directly added into a bowl, or can be used as a side dip for the meat of dishes. The sauce is also used for glazing broiled chicken.

Chris’ House: I like to incorporate it into as many dishes that I can.  Ever since my friend Eileen brought over some delicious cold broccoli salad that she picked up at a deli, I’ve bee playing with flavors in cold salads to come up with something similar.  Well, with my style of working with what’s on hand… one can create your own delicious flavors of salad simply using your imagination and by transforming some items!

Ingredients:

3 Cups chopped broccoli
2-3 Tablespoons chopped onion
1/3 Cup chopped Orange Pepper
2 Strips of Turkey Bacon (cooked from left overs)
1/4 Cup of chopped Turkey Ham
2 Tablespoons of light Mayo
1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
2 Tablespoons Splenda (or Sugar)
1/4 Lemon and rind
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce
Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste
2 Tablespoons of toasted, chopped cashews (because it’s what I had, but maybe would choose Almonds next time)

In the mornings when I’m in a hurry, looking in the fridge… wondering “what’s for lunch today – that I can throw together quick?”  I just create dishes so that lunch is less fattening than grabbing take out!  Bill wasn’t planning to join me for lunch this day and since broccoli isn’t his favorite – this salad was a good option and is what I assembled.  The flavors were bright and delicious.

Chop the broccoli into bite sized pieces.  Then chop the onion, ham, bacon and peppers.  Combine all other ingredients except the nuts and combine with veggies.   Mix well and mix in nuts. Chill!

Enjoy!

Cheers!
~Chris

 

 

 

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