Ruby Tuesday Broccoli Salad is a delicious and innovative way to enjoy a classic side dish.
Made with roasted broccoli, fresh cabbage, crispy baked bacon, cheddar cheese, egg, and mayonnaise on top of our buttery croutons seasoned with an assortment of herbs.
If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate vegetables into your diet in the form of a tasty lunch or side dish, then this recipe is perfect for you.
What is Ruby Tuesday Broccoli Salad?
This salad has a unique combination of ingredients. The sweet and salty flavors of the bacon and cheese come together with the tangy mayonnaise, just like our famous Ruby Tuesday croutons. Make it extra special by adding sliced tomatoes to top it off.
How to make Ruby Tuesday Broccoli Salad
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 2 1/2 cups sliced cabbage (or shredded)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped green peppers
- 1/8 cup diced red bell pepper (optional)
- 6 oz. bacon (cubed)
- 3 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 tsp. poppy seeds or sesame seeds (optional) Salt and pepper to taste
Step 1. Prepare to bread: salt and pepper the bacon and place in a bowl or on a plate.
Step 2. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until crisp like croutons.
Step 3. While the bacon is baking, you can prepare your salad dressing. Mix mayonnaise and poppy seeds or sesame seeds (if used) in a small bowl.
Step 4. In a large skillet, prepare the veggies (in a separate bowl). Add onion and green peppers to the skillet and cook until tender. Add broccoli and cabbage to your skillet and cook for about 1 minute.
Step 5. Prepare your salad: In a large bowl, combine cooked vegetable mixture with croutons, bacon, and the salad dressing.
Step 6. Serve over lettuce leaf and enjoy!
6 Health Benefits of Ruby Tuesday Broccoli Salad
1. High in Fiber
Broccoli is a great source of fiber and is high in many nutrients. It contains vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, and folate, which is important for pregnant women because it helps prevent congenital disabilities. Fiber also helps reduce hunger and helps to lower blood pressure.
2. High in Vitamin C
Broccoli is very high in vitamins C, and K. Vitamin C helps the body build collagen and has many other benefits, including lowering blood pressure, preventing heart disease, and strengthening the immune system. Vitamin K also helps strengthen bones and helps prevent osteoporosis.
3. High in Potassium
The health benefits of broccoli are not only limited to its fiber content. Broccoli also contains potassium which is important for heart health since it reduces the risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
4. Lower Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
There are many nutrients in broccoli that help reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower blood pressure. When you consume more fruits and vegetables in your diet, you also help to lower your risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
5. Boosts Brain Health
Broccoli contains many nutrients which are good for the brain, called phytonutrients. Phytonutrients can help protect the brain from oxidative stress that is destructive to cells.
6. High in Vitamin K
Vitamin K may help reduce the risk of bone loss and osteoporosis. In addition, it helps prevent blood clots that could be fatal in the case of a stroke or heart attack.
Vitamin K also helps to support normal blood clotting (coagulation) during surgery, helping to minimize bleeding risks during operations.
Can I Freeze It?
Freeze for up to 6 months.
When Can I Eat it?
Make sure to eat Ruby Tuesday Broccoli Salad within 3 months of freezing it.
Hot Weather & Kids
I love this dish, especially on hot summer days when we eat. It’s a very unusual side dish, but my kids always ask for it.
What Can I Substitute?
The bacon can be replaced with ham or turkey bacon. If you don’t want to use the poppy seeds, you can substitute them with regular salt and pepper.
How to Store and Keep Fresh?
Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2-3 months. You can also freeze this salad for up to 6 months.
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The Bottom Line
The health benefits of broccoli make it a perfect side dish that you can enjoy at lunch or dinner. Like our Ruby Tuesday Broccoli Salad, this salad has great flavor and is the perfect side dish for any meal.