Broccoli Salad

Thursday July 28, 2011
By

If I were to name one food that makes me think of my mom, it would be broccoli salad.

IMG_0314.JPG

You could always find it on the table at special holiday gatherings such as Christmas or Easter.   Although I was never a fan of cooked broccoli (I’ve gotten better), I loved broccoli salad.

This is one of those annoying recipes that doesn’t have exact measurements, but you need to play with it until it tastes/looks right.

Broccoli Salad

Salad:

  • 3-4 crowns of broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4c.  red onion, chopped
  • 1/2c. raisins
  • 4-6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped, or bacon bits
  • 6-8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded

Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayo  (or more to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar (or more to taste)
  • 3 Tbsp vinegar – white, apple cider, or red wine — they are all good!

Steps:

Don’t be fooled by the precise measurements listed, this is a “throw stuff together til it looks right” kind of recipe.   Combine whatever combination of salad ingredients feels right in a large bowl.

Combine dressing in a separate bowl (I use a large measuring cup).  I start with the amounts listed above, then adjust to taste.  You went to taste the tang of the vinegar, along with the sweetness of the sugar, and not have it too mayonnaisey.

When you have the dressing the way you like it pour over salad and toss to coat.  This salad gets better with time, so it is great to make ahead the night before and let the flavors meld.

I usually use turkey bacon when I make this, but you could use real bacon or bacon bits or leave it out.  This dish can also be made with various nuts (like sliced almonds) or seeds (like sunflower seeds).   Enjoy!

Broccoli Salad
Author: 
Recipe type: Side Dish
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • Salad:
  • 3-4 crowns of broccoli, cut into bite size pieces
  • ¼c.  red onion, chopped
  • ½c. raisins
  • 4-6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped, or bacon bits
  • 6-8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Dressing:
  • 1 cup mayo  (or more to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar (or more to taste)
  • 3 Tbsp vinegar – white, apple cider, or red wine — they are all good!
Instructions
  1. Combine whatever combination of salad ingredients feels right in a large bowl.
  2. Combine dressing in a separate bowl (I use a large measuring cup). I start with the amounts listed above, then adjust to taste. You went to taste the tang of the vinegar, along with the sweetness of the sugar, and not have it too mayonnaisey.
  3. When you have the dressing the way you like it pour over salad and toss to coat.
Notes
This salad gets better with time, so it is great to make ahead the night before and let the flavors meld. I usually use turkey bacon when I make this, but you could use real bacon or bacon bits or leave it out. This dish can also be made with various nuts (like sliced almonds) or seeds (like sunflower seeds).

Tags:

2 Responses to Broccoli Salad

  1. 1
    xfitdad says:

    Serve up the real bacon every time, baby!!

  2. 2
    bringingupboys says:

    I love Broccoli salad! Isn’t it neat how tastes and smells remind us of past experiences and those we love?

    The only thing I do differently to my version is that I use shredded cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella and I add sunflower seeds(hulled of course). Someone in our MOPS group made broccoli salad with the broccoli slaw mix, you know the kind they sell at the store and it was just as delish!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe:  

Archives

View My Recipes On

Chowstalker Badge