January 28, 2018

BBQ Ranch Salad - A Cabbage Salad Mix

About 6 months ago I fell in love with a store-bought bagged mix salad I bought on a whim because it was on sale.  It was a mixture of cabbage, broccoli, green onions and a bunch of other veggies, chopped and bagged with a small side of ranch dressing and bbq sauce you mix in and serve.  Later I went on to 'copy' it, painstakingly buying all the ingredients, chopping them in a food processor, etc. etc. and it was good.  But I was left with a bunch of dirty dishes, food processor bowl, etc.

One of the draw-backs to buying the packaged mixes was the sugar content.  The brand my local store carries has 5 grams of sugar;  no thank you.  

What I started doing worked out just as great, was much easier, faster and healthier and I almost always have the ingredients on hand.  I throw this together with sugar free bbq sauce and homemade ranch (made with unsweetened coconut/almond milk).  No food processor, only one dish (the one I served it in) and there is never, ever leftovers.

You can adjust all the amounts to your personal tastes.  I will also link to the sugar free bbq sauce I use at the bottom of the post.

BBQ Ranch Salad Mix

Fresh broccoli - chopped small
Cabbage - shredded or chopped fine (red and green varieties)
Green onions - chopped
Lettuce - a salad mix of your choice chopped small
Kale or spinach optional if you have it
Carrots - shredded or chopped (only a few for color if you are low-carb and sugar free)
1 pkg. dry ranch dressing made to directions using: 1 cup almond, coconut, almond/coconut milk or cream mixed with half water and 1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 - 1/2 c bbq sauce of choice
Options:  crushed tortilla chips, sliced almonds or cooked, crumbled bacon for crunch/texture

In a large bowl or a large Ziploc baggy, put all your fresh veggies.  Use mostly cabbage and add the rest according to your preference.  I use about 6 cups shredded cabbage to 2 medium heads fresh broccoli, about 2 cups lettuce, 2-3 green onions and a handful of fresh spinach or kale.

Use about 1/3 cup ranch and 1/3 cup bbq sauce to this and mix well.  Add more or less as needed and if you add too much sauce just add a bit more cabbage/broccoli to the mixture.  Chill or serve, adding any cooked, crumbled bacon, tortilla chips or sliced almonds just before serving so they stay crunchy.

My favorite sugar free bbq sauce - I used to make my own but I haven't since I started to use G. Hughes brand. 

G Hughes Smokehouse Sugar Free BBQ Sauce Hickory -- 18 fl oz - 2 pc

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