Your Signature Potluck Dish – Creamy Broccoli Salad

Light and Creamy Broccoli Salad | Our Lady of Second Helpings

This is embarrassing to admit so please tell me I’m not the only one who does this – I excitedly accept an invitation to a party or potluck a few weeks away, make a note of the upcoming event on my calendar, and then file it away for later. The week of the potluck arrives and I have no dish planned, but, I don’t fret because there are still a few days to think of something. The day of the potluck arrives and I spend the entire day void of good ideas and wishing I had planned my dish in advance.

If you can relate to my method (or lack thereof) I have a suggestion for both of us. Choose a signature dish. Once you have chosen a signature dish you will be less likely to find yourself paying for a bag of chips and a tub of salsa thirty minutes before a party (at least grab one of the refrigerated options!).

Suggestions for choosing a signature dish:

  1. Start with ingredients you are likely to have on hand at any given time.
  2. Pick fresh ingredients with year round availability.
  3. Look for a dish that will be great if made a day in advance or just a few minutes prior to serving.
  4. Imagine your dish fitting easily with a variety of entrées (grilled meat, fish, casseroles, etc).
  5. Consider appealing to a wide range of dietary needs and preferences.
  6. Most importantly - make your signature dish something that you enjoy, that fits your health goals, and could satisfy your hunger if the other food options do not meet the first two criteria.

A few weeks ago I found myself hours from a potluck dinner with no solid plan for what to make. Adding to my stress was the guest list – all the other diners were food blog writers. Ack! I knew the meal would be casual but I wanted to bring something I was proud to share with the talented group.

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This salad came together less than an hour before I scrambled out the door. When I showed up to dinner with my bowl of Creamy Broccoli Salad I was very happy with my contribution. It fit right in with the hostess’s main dish and complemented the other appetizers and side dishes. It fits the criteria quite nicely and I may have found my signature dish.

Here are some of the other goodies we enjoyed:

Artichoke and Goat Cheese Phyllo Appetizer – by Shut Up & Cook (cheesy briny goodness in a crisp papery envelope)

Persian Cucumber Bites with Lox & Dill Cream Cheese – by Everyday Maven (crunchy, salty, creamy, and gorgeous!)

Light and Creamy Broccoli Salad | Our Lady of Second Helpings

Creamy Broccoli Salad
Serves 10
Make this versatile salad a day in advance to let the flavors mix and mingle overnight or throw it together right before the meal begins. The dressing makes just enough to coat the salad with a flavorful creaminess but stops short of becoming heavy or gloppy. Make sure to add the orange zest to the dressing it gives this salad a playful twist.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
56 calories
10 g
0 g
2 g
2 g
0 g
74 g
2850 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
74g
Servings
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56
Calories from Fat 15
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2850mg
119%
Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
31%
Vitamin C
79%
Calcium
4%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 6 - 8 cups broccoli florets, chopped into small pieces
  2. 3-5 green onions, thinly sliced
  3. 1/2 cup raisins, lightly packed
  4. 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, kernels only toasted without salt
  5. 1 batch (approximately 2/3 cup) Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing (see below)
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calories
56
fat
2g
protein
2g
carbs
10g
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** Note Dec 1, 2013: The calculated nutrition information does not include the dressing below. please be sure to add it. As always, nutrition information is approximate provided for estimation purposes only.

Citrus Honey Mustard Dressing - made with low fat Greek Yogurt! | Our Lady of Second Helpings

Creamy Honey Mustard Dressing
Serves 6
This creamy dressing has a lightness you won't find in a bottle. It is quick to prepare and can be used to top a salad or in place of the usual condiments on a burger, wrap, or sandwich.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
33 calories
7 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
32 g
42 g
7 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
32g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 33
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 42mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
3%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup (4 oz) Chobani - Non-fat Greek Yogurt
  2. 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  3. 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  4. 1 tablespoon honey
  5. 1teaspoon orange zest
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calories
33
fat
0g
protein
1g
carbs
7g
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Citrus Honey Mustard Dressing - made with low fat Greek Yogurt! | Our Lady of Second Helpings

Disclaimer: Chobani recently sent me a selection of yogurt to experiment with. There was no agreement that I would recommend any of the flavors. However, I like their products and they work well in recipes so I want to let you know that I specifically used Chobani 0% plain in this recipe and was very happy with the result.

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