When we started following Dr. D'Adamo's "Eat Right for Your Type" diet, I adapted a favorite broccoli salad recipe to conform.
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Broccoli Is Good for Everyone
This broccoli salad recipe has been one of my favorites for years. It's crunchy, and the mixed berry blend adds sweetness to contrast with the flavor of the broccoli, as does the dressing. The almonds add to the crunch of the broccoli, as well as another contrasting flavor. Because of the salad's colors, it also does well during the holiday season. Our family used to have green beans or cooked broccoli until I fed them this salad, and now we eat our broccoli raw for Christmas. But we don't save this for the holidays. We eat it often.
Broccoli is a powerhouse of nutrients. It has no fat or cholesterol and a cup of chopped broccoli has only 31 calories. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C, and a good source of iron, calcium, Vitamin K, and iron, as well as other important vitamins and minerals. One cup contains 3 grams protein, 6 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, and 2 grams sugar. Broccoli is the main ingredient of this salad.
Because this is a favorite recipe, when we began to follow Dr. D'Adamo's Eat Right for Your Type way of choosing foods to eat, we wanted to make it conform to the proper food for our blood types, A and O. Neither of us was allowed the mayonnaise in the recipe I was using for the dressing, so I needed to adapt it. My adaptation will work for all types except Type B, and I have a fix for that. Here's the recipe.
- 1 head (about 1 pound) raw broccoli, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 cup Trader Joe's Golden Berry Blend (or equal amounts dried cherries, cranberries, and raisins)
- 1 cup almonds, dry toasted, and slivered
- Tofu-ginger salad dressing (see recipe below)
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- Prepare dressing and set aside.
- Peel and cut broccoli spears and heads into small bite-size pieces and put in large bowl. Add Golden Berry Blend (or the mixture of dried cherries, cranberries, and raisins you made) and the toasted slivered almonds to the bowl. Mix well to combine ingredients.
- Pour salad dressing you set aside over the vegetable-fruit-nut-mixture in the bowl and mix until everything is coated and blended. Move into final serving dish if you don't want to serve in mixing bowl.
Tofu-Ginger Salad Dressing
This dressing will work for Blood Types O, A, and AB as is. If you are cooking for a Type B, you will need to substitute 2 tablespoons mayonnaise for the tofu and use only 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Everything else in the dressing will work for you.
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons tofu
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger root, peeled and cut in small pieces
- In a blender, combine lemon juice, olive oil, tofu, honey, and ginger.
- Blend until smooth and ginger is completely minced.
- Pour dressing over salad.
The dressing is good with the broccoli salad, as well as on carrot and raisin salad.