Broccoli Pear Salad/English Toffee

By Amy Story Larson

Broccoli Pear Salad


5 c. broccoli, cut into small pieces

1 Pink Lady apple, diced

1 pear, diced

1/4 c. red onion, diced

1 c. cashews

1 c. dried cranberries


1/2 c. mayonnaise

1/2 c. Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

3 Tbsp. honey

Salt and pepper to taste

Minced garlic (optional) to taste


> Stir together mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, and honey. Add seasonings to taste.

> In another bowl, combine broccoli, apple, pear, red onion, cashews, cranberries. Pour dressing over combination. Salad can be served right away or chilled in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to give the flavors a chance to mingle.

NOTE: This recipe was shared by my childhood neighbor, Lori Parmenter. When we were kids, she and her younger sister, Lisa, spent hours looking for adventure with my sister Laurel and me. I learned to ride a bicycle in their driveway, had my first sleepover in their basement, and when the nearby school was out of session, we ruled the playground. I’ve often been comforted by how sharing a favorite recipe can bridge the gaps of time and distance.

Old School English Toffee


1 c. chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds, or peanuts

3/4 c. brown sugar, packed

1/2 c. butter

1/2 c. chocolate or white chocolate chips


> Spread chopped nuts into bottom of a prepared 8×8” pan.

> In a medium pot, bring sugar and butter to a boil for approximately seven minutes. Pour into pan, spread over crushed nuts, and sprinkle the chips over the top.

> When chips are melted, spread them out over mixture.

> When cooled, break into festive pieces and share!

VARIATION: White chocolate with mint extract and mint flakes for garnish are excellent with cashews.

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About Amy Story

Amy Story is a food and adventure writer, artist, and art instructor. She makes her way through the state looking for good recipes and new friends, often found simultaneously.

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