Thursday, May 27, 2010

Broccoli Salad

I’m sure most of you have had some version of this salad before. My family has been serving this at our gatherings for literally as long as I can remember. When I was planning the menu for Andrew’s second birthday party earlier this month, I wanted dishes that I could make ahead of time so I wouldn’t be crazy-busy the morning of the party. This salad fit the bill perfectly; it’s the kind of thing that needs a day for all the flavors to soak in.

Our guests loved this. My dad is a strong supporter of the broccoli salad he buys from the salad bar at his favorite supermarket, but even he said that this was the best version he’s ever had. It’s got a sharp bite from the onions, a tangy sweetness from the dressing, and an irresistible saltiness from the bacon. I can’t wait to make this again, and not for a party -- just for me and Joe and Andrew! (Andrew loves his “coccobi.”)

Broccoli Salad
source: adapted from Recipezaar

2 heads fresh broccoli (not frozen)
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 pound bacon
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese (Don’t buy the pre-grated stuff for this; buy a block and grate it yourself. The texture is much better.)

2 1/2 tablespoons vinegar
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar

1. Chop bacon into bite-sized pieces and cook to desired crispness. Drain on paper towels.

2. Chop broccoli florets into bite-size pieces. Combine broccoli, bacon, onions and cheddar cheese in a large bowl.

3. In a separate bowl combine vinegar, sugar and mayonnaise. Pour over broccoli mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving (it’s best when made a day ahead).


Katie said...

Yummy...I have never tried it with cheese before. I always make the one with raisins and sunflower seeds. I will definately give this one a try this summer sometime as Daniel and I both love this salad!!

Carrie said...

I love love this salad!

Monica H said...

I have to be honest and say that love broccoli salad but I've never made it before. I like to buy the bagged salad mix at Costco and just throw everything in the bowl and mix it up!

In that mix is soy nuts, sunflower seeds, bacon, and dried cranberries- a great combination.

hope chests said...

I like this salad. This is a nice healthy recipe.

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Bunny N. said...

Howdy! I add dried cherries (or dried cranberries when cherries are too expensive) and sliced almonds...there are NEVER any leftovers. Thank you for the basic recipe--love it, love it, love it!

kathy Franklin said...

Made this as a side for grilled pork chops good! Thanks for posting!

yt said...

What kind of vinegar?

Barbie Riggleman said...

Apple cider vinegar

Anonymous said...

Have you ever tried making it with a sugar substitute to make it low carb? I wonder how much you would need?

Anonymous said...

Do you put the cheese in the night before too?

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diane wiser said...

Can you substitute yogurt for the mayonnaise? Tia. 🌷

Ray White said...

I only add the bacon at the last minute on each individual salad serving so it doesn't get soggy. I also add craisins. Yummmm!!!