Broccoli Salad

Monday, June 15, 2009

Food Librarian - Broccoli Salad
I'm a guest blogger on Natalie's Oven Love blog today! She's having fun on vacation and asked a few friends to fill in for her! Be sure to check out her fun blog and the other guest bloggers! :)

I'm cross-posting this yummy pot luck recipe. You know you are going to get invited to a zillion pot lucks this summer...and this dish is super easy and refreshing. (It does have mayo in it so I wouldn't bring it to the 100 degree 4th of July outdoor pool party.)

Broccoli Salad

This recipe is from an article in Los Angeles Times years ago and it never disappoints. It was submitted by reader, Lisa O’Kane of Toluca Lake and also appears in the great cookbook, Modern California Cookbook by the Los Angeles Times. ("The Best of Lucks" article by Jennifer Lowe, Los Angeles Times, December 08, 1999)

This salad is great with bacon or veggie style. If you get a vegan mayo, you can make it vegan as well. Regular or golden raisins can be used, and you can throw in a few dried cranberries as well. I've seen a version of this salad at Souplantation. It's yum.

Food Librarian - Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad
1. Make dressing and let chill for 2 hours.
2. Cook up bacon. I do this in the oven and it works great! Just place on foil lined pan and bake at 375 degrees until yummy.
3. All ingredients can be prepped and placed in baggies until ready to eat (or transported to pot luck)
4. Dress salad right before eating.

Dressing: Mix together and refrigerate for at least 2 hours:
1 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar

Salad: Combine together:
1 1/2 to 2 pounds raw broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces (I buy the huge bag from Costco or purchase broccoli crowns)
1 cup golden raisins (or regular raisins)
1 cup salted sunflower seeds
1 small red onion, chopped
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Combine the salad ingredients. Dress with chilled dressing right before serving. Enjoy!!

Find other pot luck favorites in the Los Angeles Times article here.

Food Librarian - Broccoli Salad
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Lora said... [Reply to comment]

This is just cruel. I can't eat broccoli for another 5 months or so and all I've been wanting to eat is this particular salad - and you go and put pictures of it on your blog. Argh! All complaining aside, I love this salad and hope lots of people make it.

How To Eat A Cupcake said... [Reply to comment]

Mmmm my mom makes this all the time for her low-carb diet. It's so delicious!!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I made the Neely's version. So good. Will post next week!

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

I just made this recipe two weeks ago for our end of year pot luck at is delicious and yours looks fabulous!

April said... [Reply to comment]

Ahhh, one of my favorites. I co-worker of mine used to make broccoli salad at every potluck we had. It's really good though!

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

what an interesting recipe :)

Irene said... [Reply to comment]

Very nice! I really like the idea of this salad! I can just imagine the crunch. Sounds delicious.

Bethie said... [Reply to comment]

This is a popular salad at my family gatherings and I highly recommend folks to give it a try. It's delish.

Creative Classroom Core said... [Reply to comment]

This sounds unbelievably good! I love the bacon in it :)

Audrey said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, thank you! I've had this, and it's great, but I've never found a pre-approved recipe for it! Now I have.

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

Mmm I've had a version of this salad before - yum!

Lulu the Baker said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE broccoli salad! In fact, we just had it last night with dinner. The thing I love most about it is that you can basically use whatever you want to and it still tastes amazing! I've used cashews, soy nuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds; they all taste good! Dressing from scratch versus good bottled poppyseed dressing; they both taste good! Broccoli I chopped by hand versus broccoli slaw from the produce section; they both taste good! What a fantastic salad!!!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Bacon, bacon, bacon BACON COME TO MAMA!!! Racheal

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Yum! That looks really delicious. Perfect for a pot luck.

Karen said... [Reply to comment]

Great summertime salad!

Kathy Walker said... [Reply to comment]

This is my favorite salad! There is a Tea Room in town that has this salad on the menu. I have not been able to find a recipe that quite captures theirs...maybe this one will. I am making it for Father's Day!

Sandy said... [Reply to comment]

I add 8 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese to this and instead of real bacon I use the Hormel Real Bacon Bits. Its a big hit everywhere I bring it.

Dazy said... [Reply to comment]

My heart will rejoice after having this salad. I have tried this with little beans added. Salad is must in our meal in this blistering summer.

Kristen said... [Reply to comment]

I have been wanting this recipe for ages! Thanks for sharing!

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