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How to Make Broccoli Salad

Trade raw broccoli for broccoli that's been blanched in your next broccoli salad. Cooking it a bit enhances the flavor and brings out the green color; we’ll show you how.

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You can make your favorite broccoli salad recipe even better with one simple technique, blanching. It helps keep the broccoli crisp and the color a beautiful bright green. Just bring a pot of water to a boil and add salt. Get a bowl of iced water ready. Add the florets to the boiling water and cook for just a minute. Then, scoop them out with a slotted spoon and plunge into the iced water. This stops the cooking process. Once the florets are cool, drain well and pat dry with paper towels before tossing with the other salad ingredients. Excess water on the broccoli will dilute the dressing and dull the salad's flavor. Try this simple technique anytime you're adding broccoli to a salad. It really does make a difference.