Chilebrown at home

Monday, January 9, 2012


We had our annual potluck during the Holidays at the ‘Salt Mine’. Lots of home made sweets and casseroles were shared. ‘Shop Dick’ our mechanic brought in a broccoli salad and asked me to try it. It was delicious. I immediately asked him for the recipe. Guess what? This recipe includes a pound of bacon. I knew I liked this dish and now I love it. These few ingredients blend together for a sweet savory fresh vegetable combination that really shines in flavor. I even dare to say it is healthy and good for you because of the fresh broccoli. So get out your broccoli stalks, pull up a knife and let’s make a salad.

(Before bacon & dressing)

“Shop Dick’s Bacon & Broccoli Salad

1 pound bacon sliced
2 bunches broccoli chopped into bite size pieces
1 small red onion chopped
1 cup of raisins


1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons of cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of sugar
Salt & pepper to taste

I used Nueske bacon for a special treat. Fry your bacon until crispy and wonderful. Drain on paper towels. When cool chop into pieces and reserve.
Combine the broccoli, onion and raisins in a bowl. Make the dressing by combining mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Add dressing and bacon to broccoli mixture. It could not be simpler.

This salad is a winning combination of flavors. The smoky bacon, crispy broccoli and sweet raisins were made for each other. I cannot believe how good this tastes. This is health food in my book. Thanks ‘Shop Dick’ .


Greg said...

Bacon makes it better! A fun way to eat your vegetables.

Zoomie said...

Ooof, that's a lot of mayo but it does sound appealing. I have Brussels sprouts and pancetta in the fridge - going for something similar.

cookiecrumb said...

That's a Waldorf Salad for grown-up men! Nice.

Chilebrown said...

Greg, Of course I agree with you. Bacon is a vegetable in my book.

Zoomie, It was great Shop Dick shared his recipe. I like to think of recipes as outlines for a finished product. I see you are going to substitute wannabe bacon and broccoli's evil step sister Brussel sprouts. Maybe you can add/subtract or even delete the mayonnaise.

cookiecrumb. Then I would like a Waldorf salad. I am going to look up Waldorf salad because I am not sure if I have ever had one.

cookiecrumb said...

No, you don't want one. Apples and walnuts.

Chris said...

A pound of bacon and a cup of mayo? I'm in!