Broccoli Salad

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  1. gretchen

    gretchen New Member

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    Broccoli salad - my go-to picnic offering

    I make this pretty much anytime we go to a cookout or covered-dish type of place. It's incredibly easy and sooo yummy!

    2 heads raw broccoli, chopped small
    1 lb. bacon, fried crisp and chopped (I chop it before I fry it; makes it easier)
    1 red onion, chopped fine
    (I also added a red pepper today!)
    Dressing:
    1/2 c. sugar
    1/2 c. mayonnaise
    2 tbsp. vinegar

    Holy crap. This stuff is sooo yummy!
  2. LatteLover

    LatteLover Amity's Focus Member

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    I love broccoli salad... I usually put craisins in mine
  3. lordsofthemanor

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    I love that salad--I'm taking it to a BBQ today, I add cooked & cooled tortellini, sunflower seeds, & craisins (or golden raisins) to mine. I could live on that stuff.
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    oh yes! sunflower seeds... i put those in there too. yummy!
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    I made something similar today, too! Except that I add peanuts and don't use onion. I used Greek yogurt instead of mayo and added curry powder. Yum!
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    i add raisins and sunflower seeds, but not onion.
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    chrissymama Amity's Focus Member

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    That sounds great! I've never tried it, but I will soon.
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    You will not believe this, but my dh was just asking me if I could make this! (His mom used to make it.) So now I have the recipe and if I get my act together I can make it for his bday tomorrow :)
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    Wonder how this would taste without the sugar?
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    It needs the sugar... it kinda makes it like a glaze. I use honey sometimes instead. You could do a no sugar version that I am sure would be really good, just different.
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    Katie Amity's Focus Member

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    Thank you. I love broc salad and dont have a recipe.
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    clane Bookish Mama

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    My MIL makes this and I love it. Yum!
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    Has anyone cooked a broccoli salad and par boiled the broccoili first? Not even really par boiling, but maybe 30 seconds? It would turn it bright green and hopefully take a tiny edge off the rawness, I would think. Although I would love raw broccoli, I know the rest of my family doesn't.

    I also quickly did a search for broccoli recipes (to see if any had cooked it a bit) and there are a few with less sugar, some with balsamic instead of white vinegar, and lots yes, with sunflower seeds and raisins!

    YUM! I can't wait to try it!
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    You can blanch the broccoli and shock it in cold water. But it is a lot like coleslaw... after it sits the raw broccoli kinda, wilts almost? I don't know. I do all sorts of variations, white balsamic vinegar, mayo, sugar and honey... and I season mine as well.
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    Blanch! That's the word. Just a flash in the boiling water then to cold water.

    Hmm...wilting. Gotta think about that one.
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    Robin Jesus Follower

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    I make mine with mushrooms, red onions, bacon and zesty italian dressing.
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    I ate a huge bowl of this when I was pregnant with John. And it didn't sit well. And I've not been able to even look at it since!

    BUT - before that, it was one of my favorites!
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    thanks for posting this!
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    OOOHHH! This sounds so yummy. I love quick and yummy salads and dishes like this. Keep em coming mamas!

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