Lemon-poppyseed broccoli salad

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Posted: Friday, December 21, 2018 6:00 am

As is typical for me, we’re coming up on the last few days before Christmas and I haven’t started wrapping the bulk of my gifts.

This happens every year, because I like to finish shopping before I start wrapping, and the hubby and I always are still scrambling for gifts at the last minute.

What also happens every year is that my adorable, kind-hearted mother volunteers to help me wrap gifts. And while I hate to take advantage of her generosity, I’m no idiot.

But I have learned the hard way that keeping some Mom-friendly foods on hand is a must during a marathon gift-wrapping session, because hangry runs in the family.

Last year my mom came over to help me with my gifts and she hadn’t had lunch before she came. At one point in the wee hours of the afternoon, Mom sighed and snapped, “Oh great, I just wrapped your grandma’s present in frigging Bambi paper.”

I pointed out it was actually Rudolph.

“Do I look like I care?” she said. “A deer’s a deer.”

“Oh dear,” I thought. “Maybe we should break for a snack?”

We didn’t have a lot of options on hand, because gift wrapping trumps grocery shopping. But Mom made do with two of the saddest-looking sandwiches I’ve ever seen. Each contained a pickle spear, one slice of pepperoni and a squirt of mustard sandwiched between two slices of bread.

Not ideal, but she made it work. I took that same mentality recently when I was hungry for a salad but didn’t have all the ingredients on hand for the recipe I found online.

For example, I didn’t have dried cranberries or sunflower seeds, but I did have some pomegranates and pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds). And I don’t like mayo, but I always have plain Greek yogurt on hand.

The result was a slightly makeshift, yet sweet and crunchy salad with all the colors of the holiday season.

Maybe I’ll keep this one on hand for when Mom stops by this weekend.

Note: The recipe includes both the original ingredients and my substitutions, so you can make the recipe to suit your tastes – or your grocery supplies.

For the recipe, see the Banner's online or print edition.

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