Friday, April 16, 2010

Broccoli Salad

A delicious 'make ahead' salad recipe that I found in the 'Cooking with Grace' cookbook. I made a few changes.

Ingredients:

2 bunches raw broccoli, cut in small chunks
I med onion, diced (I omitted this)
1/2 cup raisins
8 slices crisply cooked bacon and cut in small pieces
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar (I used a little less)
2 tbsp vinegar
roasted sunflower seeds, approx 2 tbsp

Mix mayo, sugar and vinegar.
Pour over the ingredients except for the sunflower seeds, mix well and cover.
Refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight.
Just before serving mix in the sunflower seeds.

24 comments:

  1. this sounds good. I am always looking for recipe's to bring to work for lunch. I have been experimenting with replacing mayo with plain lowfat yogurt with some good results. I only replace half. I think I will try it with this recipe. thank you for posting it.

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  2. mmmhm I love broccoli salad, ca't wait to make this one

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  3. My kids love broccoli salad from the deli and this recipe will be a good replacement for it. Thank you for sharing and I'll link back my results when I make it. I love love love this blog :)

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  4. I love broccoli salad. Mine omits the raisens and sunflower seeds but does have shredded mozz. cheese. It's my favorite. I also use green onions or red onion. Not quite at strong as regular onion.

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  5. Betty! I really enjoy this kind of salad. Thanks for posting the recipe :0)

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  6. I love this salad and make it often but I add a finely minced clove of garlic to the recipe. It adds a nice zip to it.

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  7. I love Broccoli Salad, but never had a recipe to try! I'm definitely going to try this! Thank you! :)

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  8. This is one of my most favorite salad recipes. I always add a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese to it as well.

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  9. This is one of my favorite salads. I'm glad you added it to our recipe collection. Kathy

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  10. Instead of raisins, I add a drained tin of mandarin orange segments. This is my favorite salad hands down!

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  11. Slivered almonds and cauliflower are great in this salad too.

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  12. I love broccoli salad (I even put broccoli in my chicken salad) but I find it much nicer to eat and not as gas-inducing if I blanch the broccoli before making the salad. Just drop it into lightly salted boiling water for about 1 minute, then remove to a bowl of ice water to cool quickly. I will also sometimes put the broccoli onto a platter to cool in the freezer if I am low on ice. Just don't forget it :) 20 minutes usually does the trick.

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  13. Ooohh...I LOVE broccoli salad! I usually tend to pick up a bag of the broccoli slaw and follow the directions on the bag, but this looks so tasty!

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  14. Guess what's on my menu for this weekend. I love broccoli and this has a few different versions.
    Keep em coming.

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  15. I LOVE this salad. Don't forget to put grated cheese on top!!! :)

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  16. Love this salad. My boys do too and it brings back memories of family gatherings

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  17. I almost fell off my chair when I saw onions in the ingredient list, and then knew that you were THE BettyR when I saw that you omitted them, LOL. Don't you just love this salad! It's such a favorite. Of course I have to have more than 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds. Two tablespoons for the salad, the rest for me!

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  18. Betty, just for the record, I leave out the onions too . . . and I like to add red grapes to the salad. One of my favorite salads.

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  19. I make this salad alot... but when no one is looking I add a tsp or so of curry!! to the dressing, just enough to make someone wonder 'what is that unique taste?'If I have grapes I add them, if not? raisins or dried cranberries!and seeds, of course! and 1/2 red onion, cut fine. Super!

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  20. Yum! We mix broccoli and cauliflower for this salad, and red grapes.

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  21. I also love this salad! I plan to make it this week.

    Kate

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  22. I went looking for something to do with my broccoli for supper tonight as just steaming it gets boring after a while. I am so glad I found this, though I did change things for what I had on hand. It is still a big hit.

    I changed the mayonnaise for 1 cup Miracle Whip, the vinigar for 2 tbsp lemon juice and red onions for 4 fresh garden green onions. I know, not the same recipe at all anymore. I only put in about 2 tsps of sugar as my hubby is diabetic.

    We don't like raisins so they became small cubes of mild cheese and of course no sunflower seeds as I am the only one who likes them so I put sesame seeds on instead. Then to give it a nice color.. I added about a tbsp of prepared mustard. MMMMMm I have never liked broccoli salad. I find it way too sweet but I over the yrs I keep trying it only to leave it on the plate. I love broccoli so figured it must be an aquired taste. Not so. I do like this one though so thank you from the bottom of my heart as now I can eat broccoli salad.

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    1. You can use agave syrup to replace e sugar. It is much lower on the glycemic index. it has a mild molasses taste and is quite a good replacement.

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