I mostly grew up before broccoli was invented. Oh, we ate pounds and pounds of raw celery and carrots, but broccoli? Almost never. I wondered if this was true just in my house or all over, and in my 10 minutes of research, I discovered that broccoli consumption in 1970 was ½ pound per capita ... in 2010 it was 6 pounds per capita. While that doesn't really compete with, say, potatoes (126 pounds per capita), it is a substantial increase. And so we end our vegetable commodities report for the day ... don't you feel just a teensy bit smarter?
Now that we all love broccoli ... How about a nice broccoli slaw? It's grilling season and coleslaw is a wonderful partner for all things barbecued, and I have seen lots of broccoli slaw recipes lately. So I combined some of my favorite ideas and came up with a delicious and fruity Vidalia Onion Broccoli Slaw. My husband was skeptical, but willing to try it. And while two of our dear friends were willing to let us bring it for a potluck last night ... they did make a tossed green salad as a backup, just in case. And well, well, well ... everybody had seconds!
So this weekend, fire up the grill and make a nice broccoli slaw for a side dish! It's colorful, crunchy and yummy!