Spring has sprung! I just love being able to open my apartment windows and take in the fresh air that this season brings. The warmer weather also makes my walk to the grocery store a lot less painful. So this week, with a skip in my step, I made my way to Jewel-Osco where broccoli was being advertised for just $.85/lb and grapes for $.99/lb. What a steal of a deal! As I was purchasing these items, they began to scream at me, “Make me a salad!”.
Now this recipe may be obvious for many of you. But for me, the girl who hated raw broccoli as a child and would never touch mayo, this was a novel idea. I was actually inspired after stopping at a grocery store deli during my trip to New Orleans last week where Ty and I shared a broccoli salad mixed with grapes and almonds which was a refreshing break from the heavy food we’d been eating during most of our vacation.
(Side note: To keep costs down when traveling, find a grocery store nearby. Even if you’re buying convenience products, like bottled water, they tend to be much cheaper in the supermarket rather than at food joints or even convenience stores. Also, grocery delis usually have great pre-made salad selections!)
- 1 large bunch broccoli (600g): $1.29
- 2.5 cups grapes (225g): $.63
- 1 small apple (100g): $.22
- 1/3 cup almonds (56g): $.60
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds (33g): $.14
- 1 cup homemade mayo (220g): $1.43
- 1 TBS apple cider vinegar (15g): $.02
- 1 TBS Dijon mustard (15g): $.07
- 1 TBS honey (21g): $.23
- salt, to taste: $ basically zilch
- pepper, to taste: $ practically nada
- Chop broccoli into bite sized pieces, cut grapes in half, cut apples into chunks, chop almonds, and place in a large bowl.
- If making my homemade mayo, use entire recipe. If using store bought, measure one cup.
- Add apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, salt and pepper to your mayo and mix well (the immersion blender works great for this!).
- Pour mayo dressing on top of prepared ingredients. Add in sunflower seeds. Stir well to combine.
- Allow your salad to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes or more to let flavors blend.
Total Servings: 8 | Total Cost: $4.63 | Cost per Serving: $.58
Calories: 300 | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Carbs: 17g | Full Nutrition Facts*
* Don’t let these numbers alarm you! Remember that everything you’re eating is chock full of nutrients and made from all natural ingredients. Use this as a guideline when deciding what to pair with your salad.
Curious where I get my prices from? Even though I may have found an ingredient cheaper, to keep things simple, I’ve calculated all costs based on my Budget Grocery Price List, my list of maximum prices I’ll pay for any groceries.
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