This One is a Keeper


Broccoli Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 large heads of broccoli
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 10 slices of bacon
  • 3/4 mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sugar or sugar substitute

Instructions

  1. Chop the broccoli fairly small.
  2. Halve and finely chop the red onion.
  3. Crumble the cooked bacon.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients and then mix into the dry ingredients to coat.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
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I’ve had variations of broccoli salad many times and always enjoyed them but this was the first time I made it myself. I used Carbzilla’s recipe. Since I was going up to Seattle for my family Christmas party I wanted to bring a healthy potluck dish, but I was also going up the day before the party. I knew I wouldn’t have time to make it in Seattle so I prepped all the ingredients and put them in little baggies separately. I mixed the dressing and put that in a tupperware dish to transport. I figured this would prevent it from getting soggy and/or gross.


For the dressing, I used about 1/2 cup of lite mayo and mixed in about 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt. I’m not a huge fan of mayo and wanted to try it with yogurt instead but was too nervous to use only yogurt.


My main flaw when it comes to cooking is that I sometimes forget how important it is to READ THE ENTIRE RECIPE before I commit to it. For this recipe I skimmed the ingredients and called it good–and I was good. I had all the ingredients on hand. However, I started to cook and realize I did not have COOKED bacon. That set me back a good 30 minutes when I was trying to just throw everything together and hit the road.


When we got to the party the next day I mixed all the ingredients together. I was so glad that I had kept them separate! It worked out fantastic.


It took no time at all to mix the salad for the party. And it was a hit! The salad was gone in no time. I was happy I got a spoonful to test it out. I loved this salad and I would most definitely make it again. It’s a great potluck food, too.


I would recommend this recipe to anyone who’s going to a holiday party. It will be a hit! Plus, substituting some plain Greek yogurt was a good choice. I might try it next time with just the yogurt. (Also, my aunt said when she makes it she uses Rice Vinegar instead of white vinegar. I might try that too.)

QUESTION: Have you made a broccoli salad before? What’s your method? 

15 Responses

  1. I”m so glad you made that! Glad it turned out great.

    Next you can try the corn salad with Chili Cheese Fritos. OMG it’s so good! (You could keep out a portion for yourself without the Fritos, which are not good for you whatsoever!)

      1. We had an issue with one of our dogs a few weeks ago–she has multiple health problems and seemed cold so I put a sweater on her. She stopped eating, acted very lethargic, and we couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her. This lasted almost 2 days. I took the sweater off and it was a miracle! 100% recovered now. We have put the “sweater of death” away so it can’t hurt anyone else (turns out she just hated wearing it so much she refused to do anything). I understand how it is when one of your pets is sick. It’s the worst feeling in the world when you don’t know what’s wrong with them or how to help them. I’m glad he’s doing well.

        1. LOL! The sweater sounds funny. At least you figured it out and he got better!

          I was so anxious about my baby. He is my first pet I’ve ever had and I’ve had him almost 10 years now. I am so glad he’d doing better. I can breathe a sigh of relief.

  2. I just made broccoli salad the other day, using a slightly different approach: dried cranberries, cashews, red onion, and then a fairly sweet vinaigrette-type dressing (lemon juice, oil, sugar, dijon mustard, salt). The dressing actually tasted too sweet for my current tastes. I’ve been thinking about making the mayonnaise version, but using plain yogurt for about half of the mayo, to make it a little healthier.

    1. The vinaigrette dressing sounds good too. Maybe not sweet but the tart flavor. I made the broccoli salad again for a work event and I used 1/2 cup of mayo and then 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt. Next time I’d use more Greek yogurt and less mayo I think.

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