BOUNTIFUL FRUITS-N-BROCCOLI SALAD

This salad just makes me happy. I just love it when my food is brightly colored especially in the harvest of the season. I am a sucker for any kind of farmers market and I am a huge proponent of buying locally. We like to frequent farm to table type places and in the summer and Fall, I find myself buying fresh fruits and vegetables a few times a week. 
Yum  



Around here, September is Apple season and my favorite is definitely a honey crisp so this beautiful salad was crafted with the sweet apple in mind. And in addition to being a proponent buying locally, I am also a huge proponent of antioxidants! I try to consume several rich in antioxidant foods a day. This salad packs a punch with the broccoli, strawberries, nuts and I added a pear too. It's so customizable. 



I toyed with the idea of making a homemade poppyseed dressing and you certainly could but for ease, I just went with my favorite brand, T Marzetti's, the lighter version. I added bacon to be a rebel and I'm oh so glad I did! This broccoli concoction has nothing on they tradition broccoli salad recipe. 



BOUNTIFUL FRUITS-N-BROCCOLI SALAD
INGREDIENTS
1 head Broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces 
1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries 
1 pear, chopped
1 Honey-crisp Apple, or any other sweet Apple. 
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
2/3 cup dried cranberries
8 slices cooked and crumbled bacon 
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup candied pecans
1 cup poppyseed dressing (my fav is T Marzetti's light) 

DIRECTIONS 
In a large salad serving bowl, arrange all the ingredients. Drizzle with the poppyseed dressing. You can leave it like this to serve but what I did was toss everything together and chill in the refrigerator. After a few hours of flavors blend so nicely. 




There you go, an easy peasy, healthy and beautifully colored salad. I just had to bring you a healthy recipe before we start Pumpkin Palooza 2.0 next week. But hey, Pumpkin is healthy, right?

Also since this is a BIG SALAD like BIG Texas, 
Linking with #FOODBLOGGERS4TX

Linking up with Tasty Tuesday! 


xoxo

42 comments:

  1. Guess what I had for lunch yesterday? Broccoli salad - take your ingredients and finley chop them leave out the strawberries and cheese and that's it! So good just like you! xoxoxox

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  2. This looks fabulous ! I love a good salad and this one right here is what I'll be making soon :) Thanks for sharing ! Have a wonderful week.

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  3. Haha I'm glad you added the bacon you rebel you! Bacon makes everything better :) This salad looks so delicious and I love how colorful it is too!!

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  4. Buying locally grown is such a great thing to do! Your salad looks wonderful. P~

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  5. I love love love salads like this. It looks delicious!

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  6. Oooohhh!!! This sounds SO good. I have done a broccoli salad before, but never one with fruit in it!

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  7. I am absolutely positively going to make this! Sounds wonderful and just the kind of thing I could eat every day. My husband wants meat but I'm so happy with a good salad...especially with bacon. :)

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  8. I love the mixture of sweet and salty in a salad! Yummy!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  9. This salad looks and sounds amazing! YUM! I love the mix of flavors.

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  10. This looks AH-mazing! I wish I had this today for lunch for sure!

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  11. I love this salad recipe- so many colors and flavors!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  12. What an amazing mix of colors & YUMMIESSSSS!!!! I'm down for this kind of salad & not just bland plain lettuce

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  13. I love salads! and this one looks heavenly!

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  14. Oh I just love visiting the farmers market! This looks so filling and yummy! I will have to recreate it!

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  15. This looks delicious and since you "eat with your eyes" first, it's a double winner. Beautiful!! Pinning this one friend. I'm thinking it will be great for lunch! XOXO

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  16. These are all of my favorite ingredients in one salad! YUM!! Definitely making this!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  17. This looks like the perfect dish for the fall! So healthy and delicious!!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  18. This looks DELICIOUS!

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  19. This looks so delicious! I love a good colorful salad too!

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  20. I always love a good salad, especially If fruit in involved! Mmmm poppy seed dressing! I have to be in the mood for it, but when I am, watch out!

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  21. Gorgeous salad!

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  22. Bacon and apples? I am sold on this one!

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  23. Another yummy dish!!!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  24. Oh yum! This looks amazing! I love taking fresh fruits and veggies along with either tuna, cottage or feta cheese, or leftover chicken and mixing it with a light dressing and some nuts. I always feel so healthy afterwards (and full too!).

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  25. All things BIG come from TX or so they say LOL

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  26. That salad looks so good!

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  27. My rebel bacon friend! Bacon just makes everything taste better, don't cha think? And I'm a sucker for Honey Crisp apples, too, only they don't get to Louisiana until about October. Boo! I am totally pinning this! Thanks, Friend!

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  28. This looks amazing! I'm so taking this to my next ladies' gathering. They will love me for it. Thanks Andrea. :)

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  29. Oh my goodness this sounds like heaven! I never know how I feel about having something sweet in my salad, but I always give it a try!

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  30. This looks so yummy. Definitely saving!

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  31. Ok I want this right now! I love allll these things. Totally saving this to make 😍

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  32. Yum-my! We've been eating lots of salad at my house, so I'm adding this to the rotation!

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  33. I love salads like this one! It sounds perfect to eat during the week at work!

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  34. I love putting fruit in my salad! Sweet and savory is such a great mix!

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  35. This looks absolutely delicious. I can't wait to try it.

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  36. This looks so good...headed to Fresh Thyme tomorrow...will pick up broccoli! xoxo

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  37. This will be a great salad for fall! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,we are so happy to have you join us. Have a wonderful week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  38. Now this is my kind of salad. I love broccoli salad and adding bacon and apples just makes it extra yummy.

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  39. This salad looks delicious! Broccoli is the only vegetable my daughter likes so I'm adding this into my meal rotation! Thanks for sharing this!

    Jill
    Doused in Pink

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  40. Wow that looks wonderful. Hope you don't take this the wrong way but I think with your styling skills you could make a flip flop look yummy. :-)

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  41. When it's colourful you know it's good for you! Thanks for joining last weeks Tasty Tuesday, I can't wait to see what you share this week!

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