Quick Recipe: Broccoli Salad with Carrots and Currants

In need of a healthy, tasty side at your next dinner? Or just looking to break out of a lunch rut? This fresh twist on the classic combination of broccoli, carrots and raisins will satisfy with big crunch and big flavor and takes just minutes to prepare.

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This broccoli salad honors the flavor profile of its picnic lunch style cousin but is lightened up significantly. It's also vegan (regular mayo can be substituted if you'd prefer) and raw, making it a healthy side that even the pickiest eaters will probably enjoy. I love the bite and crunch of the broccoli, especially when contrasted with the sweet tang of a plump currant and edgy spice of the chopped shallot.

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This recipe is also wonderful because most of the ingredients called for can be purchased at your local farmer's market. Nothing tastes better than market-fresh produce, especially during this special time of year when the fall bounty is upon us and the tail end of summer fruits and vegetables are still available.

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Broccoli Salad with Carrots and Currants
serves 4

For the dressing:
1 tablespoon Vegenaise (or regular mayonnaise if you prefer)
1 tablespoon spicy mustard
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons water
Salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:
1 crown broccoli, chopped into small to medium sized pieces
1 large shallot, sliced thin
1 large carrot, shredded
1/4 cup currants

Whisk the salad dressing ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl and set aside. Toss the prepared vegetables and currants together a large salad bowl, then toss with the dressing and chill in the fridge for about an hour before serving.

Related: Broccoli Slaw

(Images: Leela Cyd Ross)