Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Broccoli Salad

Sometimes you need a good salad with your meal. This one tastes great and goes well with most any grilled meat, or you can eat it on it's own for lunch! This is a good recipe too, because you can make it a little more healthy by varying the ingredients. You can use low-fat mayo, turkey bacon, and leave out the cheese (or only add a little). I like the dressing in this recipe because it only calls for a little sugar. I've had this before and sometimes the dressing can be way too sweet.

Broccoli Salad

4 cups broccoli florets
5 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
1 cup mayonnaise (use low-fat, you can't even tell)
4 Tbsp. sugar
6 Tbsp. white or red wine vinegar (I used 4 white and 2 red)
6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled (I used a handful of pre-packaged bacon crumbles)

Make the dressing by combining the mayo, sugar, and vinegars in a small bowl. In a large bowl, mix together the broccoli, sunflower seeds, raisins, bacon, and onion. Pour the dressing over the salad, and mix well to coat everything. You can also add some shredded mozzarella at this point. I cut up one string cheese and tossed it in. Now put it in the fridge. It really needs to chill for at least a couple of hours to blend the flavors. This goes great with grilled chicken!

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