Thursday, July 17, 2008

Broccoli Salad

This is one of my most favorite salads EVER. My sister first made this for me many, many years ago. She had a rough week this week so I am posting this in her honor as things now seem to be looking good.

As with everything I changed the recipe, why not just leave well enough alone, right? Well, when you are cooking for one you can do whatever in the heck you please!

I don't have a written recipe for this, but it is super simple.

Broccoli. Cut the florets into nice bite sized pieces. Save the stems to feed to your dogs.

Some diced onion or shallot. This is sweet onion.

Oh yes, BACON! Not all of that bacon, I assure you, but you will want a few pieces. I cook bacon like this once every couple of weeks to satisfy the hubby's BLT cravings. In the 8 years I have been with him I have probably cooked more bacon than I have eaten in my entire lifetime of bacon consumption.

This is where I stray from my sister's original recipe...

I add raisins and omit cheese. I like savory and sweet, I have probably said this a million times. Sometimes I also add pine nuts. If you want to do it the old school way and pay true homage to my sister, ditch the raisins and grab some nice grated cheddar.

Get all those guys in a bowl and lets make the simple dressing.

I told you it was simple. I use about 1/2 cup mayo and a half of a teaspoon of sugar. You can also use some rice wine vinegar for sweetness instead of the sugar.

Pour the dressing over and mix it up.

I didn't bother to plate this and take a million pictures because this salad is one of my most favorite things to eat EVER, made for me the first time by one of my most favorite people EVER! The salad did not survive but a few moments for me to snap this one photo!


  1. I love, love, love this salad! I add sunflower seeds if I have them...and cheddar cheese if I wanna be bad! This is pure summertime to me.


  2. I've never done it with cheese, but I do add sunflower seeds like Jen. Yummy!!! One of my favorites!!!


  3. Looks delish indeed! But I had to shudder slightly at the Vegenaise because I tried that once and it was not to my mayo-liking!

  4. this would be perfect on my diet. i will yogurt in place of mayo and i like the rice vinegar idea although i have white balsamic that will do the trick.

    yum yum yum~

  5. That looks so healthy...good stuff!!


  6. I think you have Sweet Tomatoes (the restaurant) in AZ - they have this stuff there and I gobble down plates full when I go... YUM AND YUM