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Archive for August 12th, 2011

So we got back from our vacation where the sights were purdy, the people were sweet, and the food (that I did not have to make) divine! And … I got weighed yesterday … sigh! So, because of that, you will have to suffer with summer recipes that are … sigh, healthier.

Today, I opened my recipe books to see what I could share with you that is healthier … and found myself being drawn to anything but! So, I have decided to incorporate healthy and unhealthy … all in one recipe 🙂 … I am thinking of it as the middle ground between the two.

Today I will share my recipe for Broccoli Salad … it is a staple salad at any picnic, BBQ and party! And, like all of my recipes, it is so easy peasie!

The first step is to measure 6 cups of broccoli florets into a mid sized to large bowl. I hate it when broccoli salad has chunks of broccoli that make it impossible to chew and talk (without florets spraying all over the face of the person you are talking with) at the same time, so I cut it into lady-sized pieces 🙂

Then, in another bowl (but I just use my large glass measuring cup, that holds all the ingredients, and I can whip it in there too. This comes from  y e a r s  of dish washing, as a kid, when I made sure that as few dishes as possible were dirtied, because I knew I would have to wash them. On a side note, my parents got a dishwasher … AFTER I moved out … coincidence? I think not! But, I digress) add 3/4 cup of mayonnaise (you could use light or fat free if you are looking to lessen your guilt OR give yourself an excuse to eat more), 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Whip these ingredients together.

Then chop up 1 small red onion into small diced pieces. Add onion and 1/2 cup of real bacon bits (this would be the ‘unhealthy’ part of the recipe … and the delicious part. You can slave over a grease splattered stove if you want, but I am … lazy, and I purchase the precooked, packaged variety) to the dressing, and mix together.

Pour dressing mixture over broccoli, and stir.

You can also add raisons or nuts (almonds or pine nuts) if you like … we do not like, so we do not add 😉 .

This salad really is better if it gets to sit, all mixed together, in your refrigerator for about four hours … I think it is so that the flavors can get to know each other better 😉

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Karla Sullivan

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