Broccoli Salad

We have made this a few times and everyone always begs for the recipe. It’s incredibly easy to throw together and seriously delicious. We cut the sugar in half from the original Paula Deen recipe. I love Paula and I have a sweet tooth, but it was way too sweet for us. I also like to use low fat mayo, turkey bacon, and low fat cheese to help make it a bit healthier.  We’ve also used craisins instead of raisins, or a mixture of both.  I think next time I may try adding in some chopped pecans, I love the way they taste with craisins and cheese.

broccoli salad

Ingredients:

1 head broccoli
6 to 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup raisins or craisins
8 ounces sharp cheddar, cut into very small chunks
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Trim off the large leaves from the broccoli stem. Remove the tough stalk at the end and wash broccoli head thoroughly. Cut the head into flowerets and the stem into bite-size pieces. Place in a large bowl. Add the crumbled bacon, onion, raisins/craisins, and cheese. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring well. Add to broccoli mixture and toss gently.

From Paula Deen.

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