Thursday, July 22, 2010

Broccoli Salad

The Menu:
Broccoli Salad

The Original Recipe:
I found this on one of the blogs I follow cookingwithcarrie.blogspot. 
This one reminded me of my friends broccoli salad she makes; see below!

Broccoli Salad


• Ingredients

1 head fresh broccoli, cut into bite size pieces

2 tablespoons bacon, crumbled

1/2 cup red grapes, cut into fourths

• 3 tablespoons white vinegar

2 tablespoons white sugar

1 cup mayonnaise


Directions

In a medium bowl, combine the broccoli and grapes. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar and mayonnaise. Little by little, pour the dressing over broccoli mixture... you won't need all of the dressing, it depends on the size of your broccoli head and how much dressing you like on salads. So just pour a little, toss, and then pour some more if you like. Refrigerate for at least two hours. Before serving, toss salad with crumbled bacon.



The Way I Made It My Own:
I have a friend. Yes, a friend. Her name is April, and I love her cooking. I do believe I have mentioned this before. Although this dish isn't cooked perse, she makes it fabulous. I used the above recipe as a guideline and then added what April adds to hers. SO GOOD!! I could seriously sit here right now and eat the whole bowl!
 
April's Broccoli Salad


• Ingredients

1 head fresh broccoli, cut into bite size pieces

2 tablespoons bacon, crumbled

1/2 cup red grapes, cut into fourths

• 3 tablespoons white vinegar

2 tablespoons white sugar

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 thin slice of a purple onion, chopped

10 leaves Fresh Mint- tear into salad

1 apple, chopped into bite size pieces - optional

Ingredients for Pecans
2 oz. bag Pecan halves
1 tsp. Honey
1 tsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon


Directions

In a medium bowl, combine the broccoli, grapes, cranberries, onion, bacon and mint.

 In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar and mayonnaise.

In saute pan, heat on medium, add pecans, brown sugar, honey and cinnamon. Stir continuously for 3 minutes or until pecans are heated through.

Put pecans in bowl with broccoli mixture, add mayonnaise mixture and stir to combine. Enjoy!
*Oh! and I forgot, you can add 1 apple, chopped into bitesize pieces. I forgot that part in mine, but it's a must do, however optional

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