Oh, the poor side dish. Perpetually on the B list for the party … part of the main dish’s entourage, always hoping to make the invite list. Geared around the star of the show, with the difficult duty of “complementing” the main course. Yes, it has to make the star shine. It is to the main dish what makeup artists are to the Real Housewives. Smiles and nods. Patient, hard working, and entirely under appreciated.
There are a few times a year the side dish gets its chance to shine. Thanksgiving. The backyard BBQ starring weak headliners like frozen burger patties and hot dogs. Salad bars.
Sometimes main dishes are so insecure in their own identities that side dishes aren’t invited at all. Casseroles, stuck somewhere in the grey area between main and side dish, somehow have been granted an exclusivity clause in many meals. Stews do the same thing. Pizzas. Oh, and pasta dishes. Sure, pasta is always willing to accept the invite as a side to chicken parm … but when IT is focused on center plate, it rarely brings anyone along. Prima donna. At best, with a request for a side, those murky main dishes bring something non-threatening like a green salad along for the ride.
So this post is dedicated to the side dish. Here’s an easy broccoli slaw recipe that is so packed full of flavor and nutrients that you could eat it by itself. No main dish invited.
- One bag broccoli slaw (TJ’s or Jewel has it) (or 1 lb of broccoli stems and carrots, shredded)
- 1/3 cup mayo
- ½ cup plain whole milk yogurt
- 3 TB apple cider vinegar
- 1 TB honey
- 3 slices bacon, cooked to crispy, then crumbled
- ¼ tsp salt (plus a bit more to taste)
- Ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp dill
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- Place the broccoli / carrot shreds in a large bowl
- Mix the mayo, yogurt, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and dill together in a small bowl and pour over the veggies
- Fold in bacon, raisins and sunflower seeds
- Chill for 2 hours
- Garnish with additional dill and sunflower seeds if desired
Dig in. If you want to invite a main dish along for the ride, may I suggest something unassuming and down to earth like sloppy joes or pulled pork?