‘Nutty’ Fresno

In Fresno County we grow over 350 crops, many of them grown nowhere else in the nation. For example, 99% of the raisins in the nation come from Fresno County. The almond board says we harvest over 100 million lbs. of almonds and the humble, oft scorned Broccoli is about 8% of the state’s production.

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Broccoli develops best during cool seasons of the year especially in Fresno Co where the temps can soar to over 110 degrees for weeks on end. Oh, the broccoli had me dreaming of cooler temps already! Back to the Broccoli.  broccoli_9DB27AC879E37

Dollar for dollar it packs more food value than lettuce and with a strong, positive impact on our body’s detoxification system so, you might grab a head of broccoli and get crunching.

Nutty Fresno Broccoli Salad

1 Fresno broccoli head, trimmed and chopped (stems to crown)

1 small red onion, diced

¼ cup Fresno raisins

½ cup Fresno Co. Almonds, sliced or slivered

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Assemble all of the salad ingredients onto a large plate or patter and set aside.

Dressing

½ cup olive oil mayonnaise

½ cup Greek yogurt (plain)

3 Tbsp. sugar or honey

¼ cup water

For the dressing, in a large bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together. Adjust the water amount to your preferred viscosity of the dressing. We suggest letting the dressing sit about 10 minutes to allow the sugar to dissolve and the flavors meld.

Combine

Using a spatula, mix the salad ingredients (broccoli etc) into the dressing bowl. Continue tossing together until well blended and the broccoli seems coated with the dressing. Chill well before serving.

Forks up and enjoy your broccoli from Fresno County!

Broccoli-Salad-001Nutritional information source: myfitnesspal.com  221 calories per serving

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