August 23, 2012

Broccoli Salad with Craisins or Cranberries

A salad you know so well you don't really use a recipe for, but just throw together on a whim.  That is what this salad is in our house. The only down side to it is that you don't want to whip it up just minutes before serving.  You need to let this one sit at least an hour - 2-3 is better.  This allows the flavors of the dressing to mix together, the sugar to melt into the mayonnaise and vinegar and the flavors to blend.  Play with the amounts - and use craisins, raisins, dried cranberries... whatever you feel like.  You can also add toasted sesame seeds, toasted almonds and even a little cooked pasta!  So many possibilities!

Broccoli Salad

1 head fresh broccoli, cut in bite sized pieces
2-3 T sweet onion or red onion, chopped
1/4 c craisins or dried cranberries
2 T real cooked, crumbled bacon
1/2 c mayonnaise
1 T vinegar - apple cider or balsamic
1 t sugar or Splenda or other sweetener

Mix the broccoli, onion, craisins and bacon in a bowl.  Mix the mayonnaise, vinegar and sweetener, add to the salad and chill for 2 hours before serving.   If you are adding almonds, sesame seeds or other nuts, add them just before serving to keep them from getting soggy in the salad. 

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