This creamy dill broccoli slaw is a wonderful spin on my favorite salad, creamy cucumber salad. Loaded with dill and a hint of lime, it has a great summer flavor with plenty of crunch to it. I added a few sliced fresh chili peppers and chives from our garden for garnish. Cilantro would also make a great addition to this slaw.
You can substitute ‘normal’ shredded cabbage for the broccoli if you wish. Broccoli slaw tends to stay crunchier longer than cabbage, which can get soggy in no time. If you do make this creamy dill broccoli slaw with cabbage instead, sauce only the amount of slaw you plan on serving. That way the leftovers won’t get drenched in sauce and become soggy.
I recently discovered Blue Plate mayonnaise, which I think is the best around. If you can’t find it locally you can pick it up online for a fair price.
Here lately I’ve been bound and determined to up my grilled side dish game. It’s been lacking, I admit. Nothing could possibly be easier than these dilly dilly grilled mushrooms. And very few things could be as addictingly tasty. I love mushrooms to begin with, and I’ve always been a fan of dill. Now, I get all that plus buttery goodness and a bit of salty garlic flavors. I like the butter mixture so much that I usually double it, making sure that I get plenty of it down into the gills of the mushrooms as they cook over an open fire.
You could actually substitute your favorite herb or spice for the dill for something different when you make some dilly dilly grilled mushrooms. Red pepper flakes are an awesome change. Same goes for oregano, basil or, believe it or not, smoked paprika. You’ll never eat boring mushrooms again, but if you prefer something with a bit of a kick, try my spicy grilled mushrooms too! And my version of Michael Chiarello’s best button mushrooms is out of this world also!
I recommend that you use a grill basket when making this dish. I makes cooking easier and you don’t have to worry about anything falling through the grates. And cleanup is easier too!
Carrots are one of my favorite veggies. They keep forever in the fridge so I can always have some on hand. This simple recipe for steamed carrots with lemon-dill vinaigrette gives your boring carrots a really nice Dijon kick that isn’t overwhelming. It uses ingredients I usually have on hand (if you don’t have a fresh lemon, you can skip the zest, or use a bit of lemon pepper).
I grew up on my mom’s creamy cucumber salad. I ate so much it’s a wonder that my hair isn’t green. My favorite part? The creamy dressing that’s left in the bottom of the bowl after you finish off the cucumbers. I’d drink that stuff right up. I still love my mom’s salad. I recently bought a spiralizer, so I figured that was a great opportunity to give it a whirl. In just seconds you get these different-looking cucumber noodles… or coodles… Hey, they’re fun! This is a wonderful variation on my favorite.
Although this creamy cucumber salad is best with fresh dill, I usually use dry unless I can pick some fresh from our garden. I rarely get fresh dill from our garden because our garden stinks. Sorry, there’s just no other way to say it. I also add a bit more dill than the recipe calls for since I really like the combination of dill and mayonnaise. It’s very similar to Ranch dressing in flavor. I also make a version of this salad without the ‘creamy’.
The beauty of hummus is that it is open to almost endless taste options. I’ve made roasted garlic and roasted red pepper hummus, for example. Both were easy to make, and had fairly classic flavors. This dill hummus with toasted pita wedges is different, with a much more complex flavor. It was absolutely fantastic. You taste every ingredient.
I’m not sure I’d make ‘normal’ hummus again after tasting this. When you consider how easy it is to make, it’s hard to justify the store-bought stuff. For me, at least. Plus I like knowing every ingredient that goes into my dishes. Making hummus at home makes sure that I do.
I used dried dill since I didn’t have fresh dill on hand, but if you do have the fresh stuff substitute a tablespoon of chopped dill for the dried. Or use more, if you’d like. This dill hummus with toasted pita wedges is best with more dill.
Start out processing the hummus slowly. Don’t go crazy with it. Go slow and check it as you go and stop once you have your desired consistency.