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Beast of a Broccoli Salad

Love at first sight! That’s what it was when I laid my eyes on this recipe just a few brief days ago in Thee Finnish Food Blog, Pastanjauhantaa. The recipe originated from a Finnish glossy food magazine Glorian Ruoka and included a whole HALF a decilitre of sugar. A genuine paleo monkey such as myself of course arrogantly sweeps away even the thought of adding sugar in food and so I just skipped that one ingredient, whistling like Piglet. Still, the result blew me away. As well as the rest of the eaters. Oh yes, this one’s a keeper.

Indeed it’s not the best quality paleo salad there is since it includes a whole lotta mayo but you gotta get your omega 6s somewhere to balance the omega 3s from all the grass-fed beef and wild-caught salmon  😉 (or the lemon tasting bottle, to tell the truth). You are welcome to prepare your own mayo (I can has mayo!) but I just went with a store-bought this time.

[Taken by an iPhone at summer cottage – blurry conditions.]

Mayo Monster (aka broccoli salad)

  • 1 kg broccoli
  • 4 shallots or a generous bunch of spring onion/a junk of red onion/whatever onion you like
  • 2 dl (0,8 cups) cashews
  • 300 g bacon

Tear the broccoli florets in a bowl and chop the onion(s) along them. Roast cashews on a hot pan, set aside. Leave the bacon until later. Prepare the sauce.


  • 2,5 dl (1 cup) mayonese
  • 2 Tbs raw apple cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Mix the sauce and blend it among broccoli and onion. Let the salad sit in the fridge for about two hours. When it’s time to serve the course, bake bacon until crispy and cut it in pieces. Spread cashews and bacon bits over the salad and dig in! …it’ll be gone before you have time to say HOLY CATS!


  1. Oh my god, I am going to LOVE this!

    Comment by Luolanainen — 22.8.2010 @ 7.47

  2. Luolanainen, yes you are! ;-D The photo doesn’t (sadly) do this justice. It’s beautiful, this beast.

    Comment by ylimuuli — 22.8.2010 @ 7.54

  3. “Let the salad sit in the fridge for about two hours”

    Are you f*cking kidding me? LOL! How on earth could anyone ever do that huh? 😀

    Comment by Kukka — 22.8.2010 @ 19.00

  4. Kukka, well, for one some social pressure works… Tho I DID taste some good amount even before the frigde. I hear ya! But maybe if you do a double batch?

    Comment by Ylimuuli Mukkelis — 22.8.2010 @ 19.44

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  6. Hi! Do you prepare mayonnaise by yourself or do you count on labels which can be found grocery stores? This salad stoled my heart and I haven’t even tasted it yet! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this receipt, I’m defenitely going to try this.

    Comment by Milja — 1.10.2011 @ 10.35

  7. Milja, sometimes I do, but quite often I just use the basic mayo by Kavli. Majoa teen tällä ohjeella, suunnilleen:
    Mutta ei se yhtä hyvää ole kuin kaupan. Oliiviöljyn maku on tosi vahva, parempi tulee rehellisesti sanottu johonkin miedompaan öljyyn. Mutta mä tosiaan yleensä käytän kaupan versiota, myönnän! Ja tää salaatti on törkeän hyvää, hyvä kun muistutit siitä! 😛

    Comment by ylimuuli — 4.10.2011 @ 5.42

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