Heyo, e’rbody! It being Memorial Day, we’re spending time as a family and enjoying the freedoms others have fought for. We feel so blessed to live where we do, and pray we don’t take it for granted.
We hope you’re able to spend some time with family and friends, and maybe get together for a little barbecue or something. Hug your loved ones tight, and make them this stellar broccoli salad, which you can be sure we’ll be making for ourselves. It’s one of our favorites, and has inspired me to dedicate all 3 of my posts this week to awesome summer salads. Happy Memorial Day!
Here’s what you need:
2 crowns of fresh broccoli, cut into small floweretts
1/2 small purple onion – chopped
1 cup grated cheddar cheese (sharp cheddar suggested)
6 strips bacon – cooked until crispy and chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup mayo
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
Salt and Pepper to taste
So easy. Put the broccoli, onion, cheese, bacon, sunflower seeds, and raisins in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the dressing ingredients together. Pour the dressing on and stir everything up. That’s it. Boom:
Couple things to note, only mix the dressing in about 10 minutes before serving. If you’re preparing the salad ahead of time to take to a barbecue, keep the bacon and dressing out of everything else, and just toss it all together a little before it’s time to eat. Also, I suggest using freshly-grated cheddar cheese as opposed to pre-grated. But, sometimes the convenience outweighs that little extra bit of quality, so cater to your needs.
This version may seem just like every other version out there. And as far as the ingredients go, yeah, it’s pretty typical. But it’s not just about what’s in a salad – it’s also about quantities. We put less purple onion in this version, and the dressing is a little more lemony (which we dig). If you try this and don’t care for it, think about why you don’t care for it and make adjustments. If the dressing has too much lemon, add mayo until it tastes good to you, then add only as much as you need to the salad (adding more mayo gives you more dressing, which may overwhelm the salad. Something to watch out for).
Cheers, all. Happy Memorial Day and a special thanks to all who are serving our country; in whatever capacity.
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