Saturday, April 25, 2009

Classic Broccoli Salad

Goodness! I'm behind in posting pictures of recipes I've made! I am cooking, but I'm too tired to blog on work nights. I'm also taking a night class on Digital Photography, so I have been extra tired. You won't be seeing anything new and exciting with my photography...yet... but, I will tell you that I've discovered bells and whistles on my camera that I never knew existed! What a concept... read the manual!

I digress. Back to broccoli. In my C.S.A. (Consumer supported agriculture) box, I received a lot of fresh broccoli. We love broccoli-- roasted, steamed, raw. I haven't made broccoli salad in ages, so I decided to go for it. Since I had a lot of broccoli stalks, I also decided to make cream of broccoli soup.

I didn't measure, so I will do my best to help those of you who like to follow recipes to the "letter". I thought I'd admit to all of you that, when trying a brand new recipe, I tend to follow it precisely. I rarely improvise, unless it's something I feel really safe with. I make notes, and the second time around I'll improvise.

That's what I did with my broccoli salad. I checked around for recipes, and I decided that I wanted to use dried cranberries, instead of raisins. I also wanted to use rice vinegar (unseasoned) so that I could use less sugar. I decided to use sliced almonds and so I got busy:

My florets are a little on the chunky side. You can cut them teeny tiny, but I like shortcuts...

In boiling water, I blanched the broccoli for 2 minutes.

Using one of my favorite kitchen gadgets (my "spider") the broccoli was immersed into an ice water bath.

I had cooked bacon from a previous recipe that I re-heated in the microwave. I'd say it was about a cup of bacon...maybe a little less. I used about handful of sliced onion, about 1/2 cup of red onion (be careful, or it can overpower your salad, about 1 cup of dried cranberries, a handful of sliced almonds and I was ready to add the dressing...

I used approximated one cup of mayonnaise, 2 Tablespoons of rice vinegar, 1/4 cup of sugar and whisked it as my dressing. Adjust seasonings to suit your taste.

This is about the time that my boys show up. How do they know when something is almost ready?

My son, who has usually been skeptical of broccoli took a taste. He loved it!

Personally, I think this salad tastes best fresh. The next day, I find that it can become soggy. But, that's me...

A printable recipe card is at the end of this post.


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Monica H said...

I LOVE broccoli salad! We get ours from Costco and everything is premeasured, you just mix it all up when you get home. In it are broccoli florets, shredded stems, poppy seed dressing, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, soy nuts and bacon. It is SO good. We got some yesterday and we're having it for dinner!

Are you making anything special for Mother's Day? I always say go for cake :-)

Donna-FFW said...

Broccoli salad is one of my faves. I add some similar to your some different. Red onion, bacon, cheddar cheese, cherry tomatoes, halved, sunflower seeds, etc. Now Im craving it. Loved your picture, so colorful!

Coleen's Recipes said...

This sounds like a heavenly lunch!! VERY nice photography.

Thom said...

I have never eaten a true broccoli salad....have put a few florets on a salad. Will have to try your recipe, sounds and looks delicious!
Best to you!

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Maris said...

I forgot how good broccoli salad can be until I saw this recipe. Sounds delicious!

Stacey Snacks said...

Have you been talking to you my sister in law?
She has been making this broccoli salad (minus the nuts) for 20 years.
I love it!

Elyse said...

Now that is the best looking broccoli I've seen in a while. Broccoli salad never really appealed to me, and then, you posted your recipe. Well, now I'm in love, and I can't wait to get my hands on the green stuff.

Culinary Wannabe said...

Good for you for taking photography classes! I can't wait to hear what stands out to you, as I barely know how to turn my camera on! :) The broccoli salad looks so good, I'm actually craving broccoli - which is a slight miracle!

gastroanthropologist said...

That broccoli salad looks delicious. I love barely steamed crunchy broccoli. I usually eat it dipped in a little mayo, but this is way better.

AndreaQ said...

Mmmm, thank you for posting your broccoli and bacon salad. Almost everyone I know makes one and it's just one of those things that I have never actually made but love!