Broccoli Salad

Broccoli salad

Can we talk for a second about how crazy it is that it’s almost Easter??  I have no idea where time is going these days.  It’s freaking me out a little!  We have a lot coming up in the next few months, so as much as I’m looking forward to some warmer weather I would appreciate it if time would just slow down!

But since that’s not going to happen, I have a few fun dishes for Easter that I’ve been working on to share with you over the next week or so.  My mom called the other day to start talking about our Easter menu, so I figured it was time to get my butt in gear here on the blog too.

Broccoli salad

Now I know that when most people think of broccoli salad they think of summer, but this would be a great side dish for an Easter brunch or dinner.  It can be made a little bit in advance and stored in the refrigerator, so it’s not taking up space in your oven or stove.

And let me just put it out there that this salad is absolutely not drowning in mayonnaise.  The dressing is so much lighter, with just a hint of balsamic vinegar to make it a little interesting.  Toss in some tomatoes, raisins, walnuts and bacon and you have a wonderful side dish that will not disappoint.

And in case you were wondering?  Yep, definitely still picked out the bacon pieces : )  So not my thing.

Broccoli Salad
 
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped fine
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 6 cups broccoli florets (cut into 1-inch pieces - from 2 to 3 heads broccoli)
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Set a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook until crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside.
  2. Combine 4 cups of water and 4 cups of ice in a large bowl, set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Put the raisins in a small bowl and add in ½ cup of the boiling water. Cover and let sit for about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, add the broccoli florets to the boiling water. Cook for about 1 minute, until bright green and slightly tender. Drain the broccoli and immediately place in the ice bath to cool. Drain again and dry well (a salad spinner works great here).
  5. Add the broccoli, bacon, raisins, walnuts, shallot and tomatoes to a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the greek yogurt, mayonnaise, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Add the dressing to the bowl with the broccoli and toss to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
Notes
This salad can be made up to 6 hours in advance.

Source:
Adapted from Cook’s Country August/September 2012.

 

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Comments

  1. Another winner, Ashley! I made this today and love it – it will be my new go-to side dish. You’ve inspired me to try so many great recipes – thank you!! Keep ‘em coming :)

  2. Time flies so fast, it is scary! But your broccoli salad looks very refreshing, even if there is still snow outside!

  3. What a great crunchy salad! I like the touch of sweetness with the raisins and balsamic!

  4. Ashley – I continue to be baffled by your bacon aversion! But this recipe looks fantastic with or without. I can’t believe that Easter is nearly here – I love all the bright, festive, Easter recipes.

  5. OOO I never think to make broccoli salad – this looks so neat and different! And I’ll eat ALL of those bacon pieces thank you very much ;)

  6. I need to start planning my Easter menu! This sounds like a perfect side to Easter dinner!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      Thanks Jessica! I know – we really need to settle on ours as well…. it’s creeping up on me a little too quickly!

  7. Marcie@flavorthemoments says:

    I make broccoli salad often and I think it has to have bacon! Balsamic dressing sounds really interesting in the dressing! I’ve never used tomatoes – I’ll have to give this a try!

    • Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking says:

      I really like the balsamic in here – it’s not too much but gives it a little something! lol

  8. This looks so delicious and refreshing!! Definitely need to try this one. I love broccoli!

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