My brother recently bought a house with his fiance and over this past weekend they were having their house warming party to celebrate and see the house. Well being that I now have my blog and have consumed a lot of my personal time with the joys of cooking and creating new amazing dishes... it was only natural to talk with my family about our new favorite dishes and different takes on classics that we all make everyday.
My Aunt Michele as I have mentioned before grew up in the south, which her cooking always reflects her southern roots, and she was chatting up the best way to make Fried Green Tomatoes. I was raving over my recent recipe for Summer Squash Casserole (which will be coming shortly), and my mother brought to the conversation her new dish, Broccoli and Bacon Salad which she brought to the party. Well, I got so caught up in our conversations and new recipe ideas that I was one of the last ones to head up to the food table and all excited to try my mothers salad... it was all gone.
Well this had to mean one of two things, either someone kicked over the dish and it had to all be thrown away or it was a HUGE hit making it a dish I now had to make being that I didn't even get to taste it... but honestly, with broccoli and bacon how could you got wrong.
When you just read through the ingredients of this salad it's a no-brainer. There is a delicious veggie mixed with crispy bacon, shredded cheese, golden raisons, and onion all mixed together with a creamy vinegar'd blend...yum. Being that this is also a no-cook recipe (besides the prep work of the bacon) you can actually have company pop over and throw this together in minutes if you were short pressed for time. Who doesn't love that kind of convenience?
I made this for a potluck I was going to which again made for the easiest throw together and carry along without cooking or reheating and it was a big hit... again, my serving bowl came home empty. I think I can call that a successful dish... and a good one at that.
The best no-cook salad with all the salted and creamed flavors you look for in a dish. This pairs perfectly with filet mignon or it can add a bright-colored side dish to your table and yes, even potluck dinners.
Broccoli and Bacon Salad
Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeno
...with a pinch of love from my Mother
2 bunches broccoli, raw, cut into sm stalks
1 lb. Bacon, cooked well done and crumpled
½ red onion, chopped
1 cup golden raisins (or grapes)
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup mayo
2 tbls. Vinegar
2 tbls. Sugar
Blend the mayo, sugar and vinegar until smooth.
Throw all the other ingredients into a bowl and toss. Add the wet ingredients to the veggies and mix it all up.
Chill for about a half hour or if using all cold ingredients to put together, you can serve immediately.