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Four heads recent broccoli ~4 & 1/2 – 5 cups
3/Four cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup toasted and salted sunflower seeds
1 bundle (eight ounces) sharp cheddar cheese


1 cup full-fat mayo
1 tablespoon pink wine vinegar
2-Four tablespoons sugar relying on sweetness desire
1 massive lemon
1/2 tablespoon poppyseeds


  1. Take away the stems from the broccoli and minimize into very small items. IF you need to blanch the broccoli comply with the subsequent few steps. When you’re brief on time or do not thoughts uncooked broccoli you may skip blanching.
  2. Replenish a bowl with very chilly water and some cupfuls of ice. Carry a pot of water to boiling level. Add in a heaping tablespoon of salt.
  3. Pour the broccoli into the boiling water and depend to 30. As quickly as you get to 30 drain the broccoli and pour the broccoli into your ready ice/water tub.
    Enable the broccoli to sit down within the chilly water till fully cooled. Then take away with a slotted spoon to a salad spinner or bowl.
    Ensure that the broccoli is 100% dried earlier than tossing it with anything (particularly the dressing). I like to make use of a salad spinner after which let it sit out for some time. If it is any bit moist, it turns into too watery.
  4. Add the cranberries, almonds (toast if desired), sunflower seeds, and sharp cheddar cheese (that has been minimize into very small cubes) to the bowl with the broccoli.
  5. In a bowl, whisk collectively the mayo, pink wine vinegar, sugar, zest of 1 lemon, and about 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  6. Add some salt and pepper, style, and add extra sugar (1-2 extra tablespoons) or lemon to non-public desire (not an excessive amount of lemon or the dressing turns into too watery
  7. Whisk within the poppyseeds.
  8. Toss the dressing with the salad and place within the fridge to marinate for 15-30 minutes.

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