Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Broccoli Salad






When I lived in Idaho, one of my favorite places to go to lunch was a place called 5th Avenue Bagelry. They made the best sandwiches, with fantastic unique ingredients, and killer drinks. But one of my favorite things to get there was their broccoli salad. It was fresh broccoli tossed with all sorts of goodies like bacon (BACON!), sunflower seeds, craisins, and a sweet tangy dressing. There was no end to how much of this salad I could eat! Luckily, it's very easy to make and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. It's a great dish to serve in the summer for barbecues, but also good for when it's freezing outside and you need a little taste of summer to give you hope! Definitely try this salad, it's great with just about any dinner.

Broccoli Salad
Slightly Adapted from Allrecipes

Ingredients

1 pound bacon
4 cups broccoli florets
5 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup white sugar
6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

1. Place bacon in a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly browned. Cool, crumble, and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, toss together broccoli, green onions, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and bacon.

3. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sugar, and red wine vinegar. Toss with vegetables to coat. Add cheese and toss again, lightly. Cover, and chill until serving.

25 comments:

Kim said...

My friend makes a broccoli salad like this and all of us girls go crazy over it. It is definitely one delicious salad!!

Chow and Chatter said...

yummy and healthy

Leslie said...

Well bacon makes everything better

The Blonde Duck said...

I will eat anything with bacon and cheese.

White Christmas is one of my favorite movies too!

Jenn said...

It's bacon!!!! hahaha... Fantastic salad!! I think I just may make myself a broccoli salad this week asn I had bought myself some fresh ones from the farmer's market. ;-D

Burp and Slurp~! said...

If my mom had fed me this salad during my "I hate broccoli" days, I wouldn't have hated broccolis so much! Looks lovely, esp with the bacon...and cheese!

Joanne said...

I love bacon and cranberries together! It's that whole sweet/salty thing, What a great salad!

A Year on the Grill said...

Raw veggies... the best!

theUngourmet said...

This is one great looking salad. I'm so glad it included BACON! ;D

Alissa said...

Ahhh we all need a taste of summer every now and then...sigh...LOVE the looks of this salad! I can't wait to try it!

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

This is so full of goodies! And lots of different flavors and textures. I bet it's delicious!

Pam said...

I am from Idaho - where did you live?

The broccoli salad looks fantastic, everything tastes better with bacon!

Ingrid said...

You know, I've had a yummy broccoli salad at place called Green Day Cafe and loved it. I never really thought to try making it at home. I will now that you've passed along this recipe. Thanks!
~ingrid

Cathy said...

OMG, I love this salad! I'll make it and eat the whole thing.

Lynn said...

Mmmm, this sounds good. How can you not love a salad with bacon in it? :)

Julie said...

This might be one way to get me to eat my broccoli!

♥peachkins♥ said...

I will make this!!

Debbie said...

Oh yum..that looks so good. Love broccoli and that salad must be so tasty!

Pam said...

I will definitely be making this! I love the addition of the dried cranberries and anything with bacon can't be bad!

Diana's Cocina said...

This sounds so refreshing. My 10 year old love brocoli! Thanks for sharing.

biz319 said...

You had me at a pound of bacon! YUM!

Katy ~ said...

YUMMMMMMY! I'd have to omit the cheese, but could certainly heap up on the rest!

Barbara Bakes said...

I saw packaged broccoli salad at Costco today that I thought about buying. I'll have to give this a try!

MaRiN said...

This stuff is seriously amazing! It sounds funky but it's so good. I was first introduced to it by my MIL.

jor said...

This sounds so yummy to me right now and makes me think of summer BBQs.