Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Best Broccoli Salad

This is my favorite broccoli salad.  It's wonderful right off the bat, and just as good a few days later.  Really, with cheese, bacon, onions, and a few other optional ingredients, you just can't go wrong.  Even if you're not a broccoli lover.


3/4 cup light or regular mayo
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 pounds fresh broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces (including the trimmed stalk...the best part)
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1-2 small shallot or 1/2 small red onion, finely diced (about 1/4 cup)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup raisins or Craisins, optional
ramen noodles, crumbled, optional

In a small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss the salad ingredients together.  Pour the dressing over the broccoli mixture and toss to coat all the ingredients with the sauce.  Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.

Right before serving, give the salad another good toss to recombine any dressing that may have settled at the bottom.

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