Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Broccoli Salad

I make this salad quite a few times over the summer and use as a starting off point a recipe I found in a cookbook called "Cooking from Quilt Country" by Marcia Adams.  A great book full of some pretty tasty recipes!!

Here's my version..........Getting together the ingredients is pretty easy - 

2 large bunches of Broccoli (approx 2 lbs) cut  the florets into bite size pieces
1lb of Bacon - cooked and chopped up
1 Medium Onion - chopped into stripes - I use a white one, but red would be fine also
3/4 C Dried Cranberries
1 1/4 C Mayo
1/4 C White Sugar
3 Tbls Rice Wine Vinegar
1/2 Teas Black Pepper
1/2 C Toasted Sunflower seeds

In a bowl combine - broccoli, bacon, onion and cranberries - toss them to mix.  In another bowl mix together the next 4 ingredients until well combined.  Pour dressing over vegetable mix and toss to coat.  I usually add the sunflower seeds now also but you can do that just before serving.  You should let this sit at least 2 hours or preferably over night before you serve.  it is much better the next day.  if it seems to be a bit on the dry side and a couple of tablespoons of mayo.


  1. There are so many variations of this recipe. I just made some this weekend, but I use one head of broccoli, one small head of cauliflower and raisins and red onions, plus the sunflower seeds and bacon. This salad definitely doesn't stay around long in our house. And that Cooking from Quilt Country is a staple in my house. There is also New Recipes from Quilt Country also. Both of these I use all the time.

  2. Oh Yum! Thanks for posting.
    I'm growing broccoli in the garden this year! (gulp) Maybe I will be able to make this a few times this summer.

  3. Cue Twilight Zone music. I have been buying a salad off the shelf at Food Lion that they label "Broccoli Salad" and we really like it. So I decided last week that I really must look for a recipie. I hadn't gotten around to that yet when I saw your post. AWESOME! Interesting that the one at the grocery store doesn't have any bacon, but is still good (and probably more sensible - although we all need to been in-sensible sometimes). I too have the book, but never noticed the recipe in it. Thanks for the post E!