Beat the Heat with Broccoli Slaw

It’s finally summer in Boston. Hot as heck, humid and muggy summer in Boston. Which is no problemo if you can bask in the coolness of your air conditioner. But since ours is still sitting in the basement, I’ve done no such thing. So, to stay cool, I have stayed far from my oven and stove and have been thinking up as many cook-less meals as possible.

In a quick trip to the grocery store, I grabbed random produce with no recipes in mind to make for the week. One item I bought was a bag of broccoli slaw, which is basically strips of the stems of broccoli (my favorite part) and carrots. I figured I had some sort of dressing and add-ins at home to make a decent side dish. Once home, I read the back of the package to find a quick and tasty recipe for Broccoli Slaw, and I happened to have the necessary ingredients. In a matter of minutes I whipped up a slaw that looked something like this:

1 bag broccoli slaw
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 apple, diced
3 snack boxes of raisins (recipe called for dried cranberries)
dressing of choice (I used a soy ginger dressing)

I tossed all ingredients together and shook them up with the dressing. After letting the salad marinade for about an hour, I had this fresh, crisp salad to enjoy. Its coolness doesn’t replace the air conditioner, but this dish is a summer staple.
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