I had never had this salad before moving to Washington. Apparently it’s a potluck staple in the Pacific Northwest. My mother in law has made this a few times for me and I’ve played around with it quite a bit since. There are variations of course, raisins or grapes, mayonnaise or milk based dressings, but this version is my favorite.
Now that I’m cooking for four, I put a lot more thought into meals, especially when two of our foursome are constantly hungry teenage boys. I know that they might not eat incredibly healthy on their own, so I try to ensure that there is lots of fruit available for snacks, and lots of vegetables in dinner.
I sometimes make several different kinds of salad for dinner with bread and cheese. It’s a great way to use up vegetables from previous dinners and saves some money by not cooking a meat main dish for every meal.
This salad is perfect for a night like that because it’s so different from other salads. The crunchy broccoli is the backdrop for juicy sweet grapes and salty bacon. The creamy, tangy dressing ties it all together. I was wary of this salad the first time I saw it, but it’s now become a family favorite.
Do you have any recipes that your thought were weird until you tried and loved them?
Bacon Broccoli SaladPrep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 0 minutes Total time: 10 minutes Yield: 12-15 servings
- 5 cups
bite sized broccoli pieces
- 3 slices
bacon, cooked and chopped
- 2 cups
red grapes, sliced in half
- 1/4 cup
- 1 tsp
- 2 TBS
- to taste
salt and pepper
- In a large bowl, toss broccoli, bacon and grapes.
- In a small bowl, whisk together cream, vinegar and honey.
- Once dressing thickens, pour over broccoli salad and toss to coat.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Approximate cost/serving: I always buy a ton of broccoli when it’s on sale, and this is the perfect recipe to use it. I bring this to potlucks, serve it with dinner, even have it for lunch. It’s the perfect big batch salad because it lasts for a few days and only cost me 40 cents a serving!
Vegetarian/Gluten Free: You can make this without the bacon if you’re looking for a vegetarian version. The salad is gluten free.