Have you ever eaten a food for the first time and loved it so much that you wondered where it had been all your life? Of course you have! I think we've all had that moment, at least once. I, personally, have many of those moments, and the latest one came from an unexpected place: Walmart. I was in their produce department a couple of months ago, looking for one of their complete salads in a bag, when I discovered a new one - a broccoli slaw salad with orange dressing. It piqued my interest and I had to give it a try.
It was so simple, just the slaw and orange dressing, but absolutely wonderful. I happen to love broccoli slaw, but would never have paired it with anything orange. Oh, how I would have missed out on this bright flavor combination, had I not taken a chance. It was so crisp and refreshing - I loved it from the very first bite!
By the time I finished, I knew I was going to have to come up with my own version, and soon! I thought about using a mixture of plain yogurt, orange yogurt and orange juice to duplicate that dressing, but at the last minute decided to use poppy seed dressing as the base. I still might try that variation, sometime down the road, but my family really liked the slaw this way, even my husband. He was the one I was afraid wouldn't care for it. He's not a huge fan of orange-flavored things but to my surprise, he loved it, proving it by having 2 helpings.
Now that we are in the midst of summer, this cool salad will make a big splash at any gathering!
Here's your Cast of Characters.
2 Bags of broccoli slaw
1/2 Cup red onion, finely diced
1 - 6 Oz. orange yogurt (whatever brand you like best)
1 Cup poppy seed dressing (your favorite bottle will work)
1/2 Cup pulp-free orange juice - do NOT use "from concentrate" juice
1 Tsp. sea salt
1/2 Tsp., each, black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder
1/8 Tsp. cayenne pepper
Place slaw and onion in a large mixing bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients until well combined.
Pour over slaw mixture and stir well.
Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour, before serving.