Best Broccoli Salad
photo by Dine Dish
- Ready In:
- 1hr 15mins
- Combine all the salad ingredients, tossing well to mix.
- Mix the dressing ingredients together then toss with the salad mix.
- Let stand at least 1 hour in the refrigerator (can be made the day before).
This is one great salad. I've been making this for so long that I don't even remember where I got the original recipe. I think it called for sliced red grapes. What's so great about this salad is that you can use any nuts you've got on hand, or use raisins, dried cranberries or whatever. It'll still be delicious. I use Splenda instead of sugar. It really has to sit for at least an hour for the flavors to marry. Longer is better. I don't stir the bacon in until just before serving so it retains its crispness. This is an excellent side dish for literally everything. Especially good with BBQ and anything from the grill...even hamburgers. Fantastic alternative to potato salad.
I was searching for a recipe like this. I viewed a couple of the others but ended up with this one since it seemed to be what I wanted. I did not have the sunflower seeds so substituted chopped pecans. The other sub I made was instead of using the broccoli florets, I used broccoli slaw and rainbow slaw. It was a 12 oz bag of each. I used about a quarter of a medium red onion. Not a huge onion fan but it does add flavor. The results... FABULOUS! I tasted it after about 15 minutes and it was wonderful. An hour later and I wanted to eat the whole dish and not share. The dressing was a just right for the two bags. It coated it nicely without being soggy. The dressing is sweet with a slight tang that blends well with the other flavors. I made this with pulled pork sandwiches. I wanted something a little different than the traditional cole slaw. This worked perfectly. Thank you Trisha!!!
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<p>I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Have lived from Arkansas to Memphis to Maine to Minnesota to Texas to CA and now Illinois since I have been married. I have 4 children (3 grown daughters and 1 grown son) and 11 grandsons. The oldest turned 12 in Aug.'14 and the youngest was born Oct. 5, 2014. I taught elementary school (both public and private) for 16 years, then worked for 6 years as a principal for a private Christian school. I am now a Dyslexia Testing Specialist and Tutor in private practice and I love my work. The cookbook I have used most during my 37 years of marriage is the Better Homes and Garden New Cook Book (red and white checkered.) I still get it out frequently and several of its recipes have become regulars in my house.</p>