Aaaaand we’re back! Did everyone have a good weekend? Mine was cut short but I made the most of having a Saturday at home with nothing to do by spending some quality time with DVH and our DVR. We caught up on some of last week’s shows including the premier of Awake.
Did you see that?! It has me hooked and confused and definitely wanting more!
At any rate, let’s talk about today’s not at all confusing recipe for broccoli salad.
This salad is served cold but calls for blanching the broccoli to bring out its color. I opted to use a bag of pre-cut broccoli that can be microwaved as is. The broccoli shouldn’t be fully cooked, so I zapped it for a minute and a half to two minutes and it maintained it’s crunch!
Once the broccoli is cool you can add the other ingredients: bacon, sunflower seeds and cheddar cheese. I’ve used bacon bits as well as real bacon in this recipe and they both add similar flavor. As for the sunflower seeds, I recommend using salted over unsalted.
Once the main players in are the bowl you can whip up the dressing. Mayo for the base, sugar (or an equal amount of Splenda) for a touch of sweet, cider vinegar for the tang and a bit of salt and pepper is all it takes.
Pour the dressing (as much or as little as you prefer) over the broccoli and give it a good stir before putting it back in the fridge for a bit prior to serving.
Easy as that! This is a great side dish for anything from burgers to Easter dinner — which is where I had it for the first time! Enjoy!
1 head of broccoli
1/2 cup bacon pieces (or 3 strips of bacon, chopped)
1/2 cup salted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar (or Splenda)
dash of salt and pepper
Blanch broccoli to slightly cook and bring out its color
(or leave raw, if you prefer)
Chop the broccoli into bite sized pieces, including most of the stalk.
Place broccoli pieces in a large bowl and allow to cool if warm.
Add bacon, sunflower seeds, and cheese to the broccoli and mix well.
In a separate bowl, combine the mayonnaise, cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.
Stir until the sugar dissolves.
Toss the dressing with the broccoli mixture and chill before serving.