Happy Fourth of July weekend to you! I have a great recipe for you today. I am a huge fan of broccoli salads and I came up with my own variation using LOTS of bacon! I also added other elements of different textures and flavors.. savory, sweet, crunchy, chewy, and best of all – delicious! If you’re still wondering what to bring to your holiday potluck party, this is very simple to prepare and has that nostalgic flare everyone loves. It’s old school made new. Enjoy!
BROCCOLI BACON SALAD
2 heads fresh broccoli, washed and cut into bite-size flowerets
½ cup chopped red onion
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup slivered almonds
½ cup roasted sunflower seeds
½ – 1 cup crumbled bacon (approx. 6 to 8 slices for 1/2 cup and 12-16 slices for 1 cup) * I like mine with lots of bacon!
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons white vinegar
⅓ cup sugar
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
**If your local grocery store sells ingredients in a bulk bin, what I like to do is buy just what I need for 1 recipe. It’s often cheaper and you have no waste afterwords. Bulk bins are great for dried cranberries, nuts, sunflower seeds, etc. Most butcher cases also sell thick-quality bacon in bulk. Just tell them what you need!
Add broccoli, red onions, cranberries, almonds and sunflower seeds to a large bowl. Next, make the dressing by mixing mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and pepper in a small bowl. Pour dressing over the broccoli salad and mix thoroughly. Transfer salad to a large plate or serving bowl. Finish the salad off by garnishing with the crumbled bacon. If you prefer a bacon free version, omit bacon and garnish with ¼ of cranberries and ¼ of slivered almonds. Enjoy!
*Good quality bacon makes the best crumbled bacon bits, ever. Instead of frying slices, pre-cut bacon slices into small pieces and cook them all at once.