`A broccoli salad recipe.
When I was younger I can remember eating with family or friends and when someone liked a recipe they would copy it down on a sheet of paper and take it home to file away in their recipe box. I don’t think I’m that old but things sure have changed. When asked where a recipe came from the person usually knew exactly who gave it to them. Maybe it was from their mom, aunt, church cookbook or friend but nowadays when I hear this question people often reply with Pinterest or Facebook. I’m not sure where my mom got this recipe for broccoli salad but there is a good chance it came from my grandma or one of her friends.
As young kids my parents were always having cookouts with friends and the kids would all play outside while the parents cooked and talked. Everybody would bring a side dish and there was always a great spread of food. Since we lived in a rural Illinois town the kids would jump on trampolines, ride four wheelers or just cruise around on riding lawn mowers. We were the coolest…. at least in our own minds we were.
This broccoli salad was a hot weather side dish my mom would make every now and then. She made it this past fall while the kids and I were staying at their house and I had been craving more ever since. I asked her for the recipe and have made it a few times in the past month. I made it for Easter and had many compliments on it.
Broccoli Salad Recipe
2 bunches of broccoli – chopped
1 cup sunflower kernels
1/2 cup bacon bits
1/4 cup red onion – diced
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon vinegar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Place broccoli in a large bowl with the sunflower kernals, bacon bits, red onions and raisins.
- For the dressing mix together mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar in a small bowl and then pour over the broccoli and stir until well coated.
- Refrigerate or serve immediately.
**I like to make the salad up about 30 minutes or an hour before serving and refrigerate until I am ready for it. This allows the flavors to meld.
What are your favorite warm weather side dishes?
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