Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Broccoli Salad

This chilled salad is just so yummy! A perfect side dish to serve during the hot summer months! If you are making this for a large crowd, you might want to double the recipe. Please make sure your broccoli is completely dry after rinsing (I put mine in the salad spinner to make sure there is no water left).

1 c. real mayo (do not use “lite”- yuck!)
1/4 c. sugar
2 Tbl red wine vinegar
2 Tbl shallots, finely minced
2 large heads of raw broccoli, stems removed, cut into small bite sized pieces
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 c. sliced almonds
1/2 c. raisins
4 to 6 slices of bacon, cooked and finely chopped

Saute shallots in a tiny bit of olive oil for about 5 -7 minutes- this will take the pungency/bite out of the raw shallot.

In a large bowl, combine mayo, sugar and vinegar. Whisk together till smooth. Add raw broccoli, bell pepper, sauteed shallots, raisins, almonds and cooked chopped bacon. Toss well. Chill for at least two hours. Give it a good toss one final time before serving. This is really a delicious way to eat your broccoli!

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