Broccoli Salad is the perfect side dish to welcome the spring. Even though many people are still dealing with the snow, and will be for a little while longer, here in South Carolina the temps are warming. You can smell spring in the air as trees start budding and flowers start to push through the soil. To celebrate the coming of spring, I decided to make this delicious and super easy broccoli salad.
Broccoli salad combines the best of both worlds, healthy veggies, bits of bacon, yummy cheese, and a slightly sweet dressing. This is a great salad to make when you are short on time or ideas. A wonderful dish to pass at potlucks and picnics. To make it even easier on yourself, you can use bacon bits instead of cooking up a pound of bacon and crumbling it.
Another important thing about this recipe for broccoli salad, is that the amounts of the ingredients are kind of estimates. Since no two heads of broccoli are going to produce the same amount, you may not use all of the onion, bacon, or cheese. You have to use your own discretion when adding the ingredients. If you feel like a pound of bacon would be too much, add what you feel is right. The same is true for the dressing, start by adding the lesser amounts of vinegar and sugar. Mix until well combined, taste it and then add more if you like. When adding the dressing to the broccoli, add half at first and mix well. Add more as needed.
Recipe: Broccoli Salad
Summary: Broccoli salad combines the best of both worlds, healthy veggies, bits of bacon, yummy cheese, and a slightly sweet dressing.
- 2 large bunches broccoli; flowerets only
- 1 small red onion, diced
- 1 pound bacon; cooked and crumbled
- 1 (8 ounce) package sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 – 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 3 – 4 tablespoons sugar
- In a large bowl, combine broccoli, onion, bacon, and cheese. Mix well.
- In a separate bowl, add dressing ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Start to add dressing to broccoli salad, about half at first, and mix well. Continue to add more dressing until salad is well coated.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve, best when chilled for at least an hour before serving.
To make it even easier on yourself, you can use bacon bits instead of cooking up a pound of bacon and crumbling it.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Cooking time: 15 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (Traditional)
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