Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Pavlina's Broccoli Salad

You'll never see broccoli the same way again when you make this salad! Raw broccoli that is. It's hard to get it down, even with dip. Raw broccoli is so dry. The simple dressing that goes into this salad makes it feel almost like the broccoli is partially cooked, but it's not! I'm addicted to this salad!

You can also make this with different cheeses. I think Parmesan would be nice! How about adding some croutons? It'll be like a broccoli Caesar! When Lina first brought it over, she used a white cheese. At home I had cheddar, so that's what I used. I added some pepper too. The second time I made it I added some Frenches fried onions, but if you're using those, you need to add them at the last minute or they'll get soggy. Lina also made us her delicious Christmas cake again. So good!

I usually use Miracle Whip at home because it's lower in calories, but you can use any mayo that you like.

Here's the salad the first time I made it.

I always cook my bacon in the oven. On foil, 425F until crisp.
Drain it on paper towel before breaking it up. No messy stove!

Here's the salad I made with fried onions on it.

Pavlina's Broccoli Salad
4-6 servings

2 tablespoons Miracle Whip
1 tablespoon white vinegar (you can also use balsamic)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
black pepper
1 head of broccoli, washed and cut into bite size pieces
3/4 cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar)
3 strips of bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
Frenches fried onions (optional)

Mix the Miracle Whip, vinegar, brown sugar and pepper in a large bowl until combined. You shouldn't need salt if your bacon is already salty. Taste it and decide for yourself.

Stir the broccoli into the dressing and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour. Make sure the broccoli is dry first. I place mine on paper towel for a bit once it's washed and cut up.

Next, stir in most of the bacon and cheese (reserving some for the top if you want). Refrigerate until ready to serve. The sooner you serve it the crispier the bacon will be, but I like eating it the next day too!

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