Thursday, February 2, 2012

super simple yet yummy broccoli salad


a few weeks ago for dinner i was grilling burgers and wanted to make a different kind of side.. i didn't want coleslaw or macaroni salad (which i really like and have good recipes for both.. ha) but was in the mood for something different.. something crunchy and sweet perhaps.. and then i remembered way back when.. in 2008 when jake graduated from high school the coach of his varsity baseball team hosted a year end pot luck party and someone had brought broccoli salad and we all loved it.. i hit up a few blogs to get some ideas and i found the one i liked the best here.. it's simple straight forward not alot fuss or muss.. just good!!


broccoli salad

prep time: 15 minutes
servings: 6

ingredients:

1 bag of broccoli florets, chopped into bite size pieces
1 medium red onion, diced small (i then soaked them in water for about an hour to cut the sharpness)
3/4 cup salted cashews, chopped
3/4 cup golden raisens
3 strips of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled or hormel precooked bacon bits
dressing (recipe below)

combine all the above and toss with dressing.. put in the fridge and chill for about an hour or 2 before serving.. just before serving sprinkle a tsp. of crushed red pepper on top and stir to incorporate.  serve..

dressing:

1 cup mayo (or greek low fat yogurt if watching calories)
5 tblsp. of white wine vinegar
2 tblsp. of sugar (or splenda)

combine.. and chill if not using right away..

** for coleslaw dressing just add 1 tblsp. of celery seeds or for poppyseed dressing add a tablespoon of poppyseeds..and then chill**

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