Broccoli salad seems like it should be healthy, right? After all the main ingredient is broccoli! The vegetable mothers have been trying to convince children to eat since the beginning of time!
I’m sure those moms were the ones who came up with the classic preparation of broccoli salad, the delicious concoction that is a staple of deli counters and picnic tables everywhere. And I’m clearly on a kick with summer salads lately. Have you see the watermelon feta or the vegetable quinoa salad or the tomato couscous? I think I might have a problem…but that’s a topic for a different post.
Back to Broccoli
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but our mother’s and grandmother’s broccoli salad is the farthest thing from healthy. In fact, with a cup of nuts, a cup of mayo, and dried cranberries loaded with sugar, the classic preparation clocks in at 17 Weight Watchers points!
Nope, I’m not making that up. A cup of regular mayonnaise is worth 53 WW points alone. But there are plenty of other high point ingredients in the classic broccoli salad we’ve all been kidding ourselves in to counting as health food.
18 points! For broccoli? Thanks, but no thanks.
If I’m going to spend 18 points on something, it’s going to be pie!
Still, I really do enjoy broccoli salad. It’s delicious as a side dish and very versatile, pairs beautifully with chicken, beef, or pork. I also like it all by itself for a quick lunch. But…18 points! Does that mean I should never eat broccoli salad again?
Not at all. With a little ingenuity and a few healthy ingredient substations, there’s always a way! My lightened up version of the classic salad is full of flavor and very close to the original, but will only cost you 5 WW points! (Maybe you’ve even saved room for a bite of that pie!)