Broccoli and Bacon Salad with Blackberries

   The last week or so at the various farmer’s markets around Edmonton, I’ve noticed a lack of fresh broccoli and thought, because of our notoriously short growing season in this part of Canada, broccoli season was over. Today, to my gleeful joy, I saw some beautiful organic broccoli back at one of my favourite vegetable grower’s booth at the market. When I got home today, I knew it had to be a part of tonight’s salad. Thinking about a savoury and sweet combination because of the overabundance of wonderful fruit right now as well, I decided on a salty/sweet interplay. Much like a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the salty and sweet combination marries together naturally. That mindset went into combining crispy bacon and fresh blackberries.

Enjoy! 🙂

Broccoli and Bacon Salad with Blackberries

1-1/2 cups fresh broccoli, cut into 3cm(1-1/2″) florets

2 slices bacon, cooked until crisp, crumbled

6-8 fresh blackberries

   Blanch the broccoli for 4-5 minutes and immediately cool in an ice bath or beneath flowing cold water. Divide the cooled broccoli over two small plates. Scatter with crumbled, crispy bacon and a few blackberries. If you’d like the fruit flavour more pervasive like a dressing, feel free to crush the blackberries slightly before adding them to the plate. Serves 2.

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2 comments

  1. makewhatworks · August 16, 2014

    That looks so good, and simple! I’ll be making this!

    • tripleheartbeat · August 16, 2014

      Thanks! I just thought with the freshness of the broccoli and blackberries, I didn’t want to add too much to it. And the bacon/blackberry interplay is just right 🙂

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