Summertime is salad time. It’s so refreshing to indulge in the many fruits and vegetables of the season in their crisp, raw form. It is also the best way to get all of the healing and nutrient properties from them. Since I am always trying to get my children to eat more of that fabulous superfood broccoli, I am always happy to find tasty and inventive ways to serve it.
While home in Ohio for a family reunion, my mother served this broccoli salad at lunch. It is a nice juxtaposition of sweet and sour, crunchy and creamy, and it includes one of my favorite foods of all time—bacon. Bacon—smoky, salty, and crispy–has long been one of my favorite comfort foods. While not virtuous, when paired with the broccoli, which is loaded with vitamins C, K and A, protein and potassium in healthy doses (and many other nutrients in smaller helpings), this salad is a delicious, satisfying and vitamin charged combination. I like to pair it with a BLT—another great comfort food of mine. After a lunch like that, all is right with the universe….
3 cups broccoli-chopped into small, bit size pieces
1 red onion, chopped
½ cup golden raisins
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
6 slices bacon, crumbled
1 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
Whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar and set aside. Combine broccoli, onion, raisins, cheese, bacon and mix. Stir in vinaigrette mixture. Serve chilled