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Monday, April 14, 2014

Broccoli Salad

This salad is often a mainstay for many potluck or holiday get-togethers, yet it's good anytime and even served at home. It was a first time dish at The Frog & PenguINN this weekend.

Broccoli salad can be overdone with too much mayonnaise and sugar. Too much of either and the broccoli can't be seen or tasted. 

A recipe in Cook’s Country magazine formed the basis of this version

Broccoli Salad
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped fine
  • 1/2 C golden raisins
  • 1-1/2 lb. broccoli florets, cut into 1-inch pieces (we used 1 lb.)
  • 1/2 C mayonnaise
  • 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 C walnuts, toasted and chopped; pecans will work too (we had these)
  • 1 large shallot, minced (skipped this as had none)
  1. Cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper-lined plate.
  2. Boil water; add broccoli and cook for about 1 minute, until sightly tender. Drain and place in ice water to cool, then drain again.
  3. Whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper in large bowl. Add broccoli, raisins, nuts, and shallot (if using) and toss to combine. Season with (more) salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Sprinkle with bacon and serve. I mixed the bacon in with the raisins and nuts in the above step.
Grenville declared a “keeper" and that's always high praise. It pairs well with many entrees, including beef, pork and chicken and we served it with grilled steaks for Sunday dinner. 

17 comments:

Out on the prairie said...

I add sesame oil to mine

Montanagirl said...

Sounds really good! I had a Broccoli salad at our ice cream shop the other day. It was really good!(She serves great sandwiches, soups, and salads there, as well as ice cream treats). Such a nice addition to our little one-horse town.

Sandra said...

I love broccoli salad, this looks good and easy.

gigihawaii said...

I would love to try this recipe some day.

Daisy said...

I've had this at potlucks before. Yours looks very good! I bet the pecans made it even better.

L. D. said...

I have never had it with walnuts in it. It sounds good and yours looks good .

barbara l. hale said...

I've had it before and like it a lot but have never made it because I don't have a recipe. Now I do. Thanks!

Patrica Ball Morrison said...

I have made this in the past and it is always a hit. I have a newere lower fat version today using red grapes and greek yogurt.

Country Gal said...

Looks and sounds YUMMY ! Have a good a day !

William Kendall said...

My mother would occasionally make a salad very similar to this one.

Judy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I haven't had broccoli salad in years and don't even think I ever had the recipe. Thanks for sharing yours, I'm definitely going to make it.

DeniseinVA said...

I will have to make this, sounds delicious!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love broccoli and this looks like a good recipe. I'll have to try it, but I'd probably omit the raisins. Bet it's good either way!

Elaine said...

Looks good! I'm slowly catching up on blog reading now that we're home from our trip. Glad to see you're finally getting warmer weather, as we are--yours looks much more appealing right about now. Dirty melting snow and puddles not so much.

Weekend-Windup said...

I love broccoli. It is very healthy. I also love it's color and texture!

CountryDew said...

I've never made this, I will have to give it a try! Thanks!

Kathy said...

I love broccoli but have never had broccoli salad. It sounds very good. I'll have to give it a try.

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