The Shady Porch: Fresh Broccoli Salad

7.25.2011

Fresh Broccoli Salad

I know I've said it before, but there is nothing better than eating dishes that are prepared with fresh vegetables from your own garden. I get such a sense of accomplishment; I feel globally responsible, more frugal, and healthier, too! And last (but certainly not least) it tastes better than store-bought! 

Fresh Broccoli Salad garden harvest sidedish fresh recipe
Broccoli Salad - broccoli, cherry tomatoes, bacon bits, onion
& corn with a mayo dressing.


Today, the garden gave us fresh broccoli, so tonight we ate a great broccoli salad. It took just a few minutes to prepare, was pretty to look at and would be a great side dish, especially at a summer BBQ. It was delicious too!


This recipe is very flexible. I was  inspired by Paula Deen, but I had to change it up to suit our tastes, and I forgot to add the cheddar cheese her recipe calls for. The recipe below is as I prepared it tonight.

I think next time, I'm going to experiment and use a Buttermilk-Garlic dressing! Double Yum!!


Broccoli Salad



head of broccoli
real bacon bits (prepackaged this time, for convenience)
medium white onion (I used about 3/4 of it)
tomatoes (1 chopped Roma and about 8 cherry)
can of whole kernel corn, drained
Salt & Pepper, as desired.
1 cup mayonnaise
2 T. white vinegar
1 T. Splenda (sugar may be substituted)



Fresh Broccoli Salad
We had this with grilled burgers and tater tots. YUM!
Directions
Cut broccoli into florets, rinse and shake dry. Place in large bowl. Add bacon crumbles, onion, tomatoes, and corn. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar and Splenda, stir well. Pour over broccoli mixture and toss gently.  (If you are a big fan of Ranch Dressing, you could add a tablespoon of it to the mayo mix to kick it up a notch).  

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