Even those with severe vegetable phobias have been known to squeal with delight at the sight of this broccoli salad. Dibs for seconds happen before the first plate is handed out. I suspect it’s the magic ingredient bacon that does this, but really the combination of all the flavours in this salad make it divine. I have seen recipes for broccoli salad that add raisins, but I’m not a raisin lover and as such they don’t land in my salad (see below). You can however add sesame seeds for some crunch if you’d like or sliced almonds. This salad is also best if made a day ahead so that the ingredients really mix, which makes it an ideal salad for all the parties and barbecues you’ll be throwing this summer. Right?
Classic Broccoli Salad
2 heads broccoli, washed and chopped into bite size pieces
1/2 of large red onion, chopped fine
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tbsp vinegar (white or cider)
Mix the broccoli, red onion, cheese and bacon together in a large bowl. Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar and pour over broccoli salad. Stir well to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight. I say this serves between 8 and 10, but if you hear someone squeal with delight upon seeing it, it’ll probably be less.