Aug 18, 2011

Best Broccoli Salad EVER! (re-do)

I love a good salad!
Whenever I get a chance to visit my mother and sister in Houston, we go to a great salad bar restaurant called Sweet Tomato.

They have everything you could ever dream of putting on a salad!
But they also have some prepared salads.
This one is my favorite of all time!
Even the kids love it!
There is the crunch of the broccoli, combined with sweetness from the dressing and plump raisins....
Combined with cashews and some crumbled bacon.

I do not usually enjoy raw broccoli, but I can eat this salad by the feedbag full!

Dana's Best Broccoli Salad In The World EVER!
(inspired by Sweet Tomato)

  • 3-4 heads worth of broccoli florets , cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, diced finely
  • 3/4 cup salted cashew halves, broken
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 6 slices bacon, crisp-cooked & crumbled
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (or 1/2 cup mayo & 1/2 cup plain yogurt)
  • 5 Tablespoons vinegar (I like salad vinegar)
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • Dash of freshly ground black pepper
Directions -
  1. Combine all the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  3. Pour dressing over salad, mix to coat.
  4. Refrigerate for a few hours to develop flavors. It's best when made the day before!
  5. Enjoy!!
**TIP** Kimmie emailed a wonderful suggestion for those unable to eat nuts.
Substitute water chestnuts for the cashews! YUMMM!
Thanks, Kimmie!!

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  1. Could substitute toasted sunflower seeds for nuts, dried cranberries for raisins.

  2. I love broccoli salad. I have a favorite recipe in my recipe collection but will have to give this one a try. For the summer BBQs, broccoli salad and italian pasta salad are my go to dishes to make.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I have no idea where I got this recipe in the past but it is a favorite. My husband does not like broccoli but will eat this salad. It really is yummy!

  4. Omygosh! here in California the restaurant is called Souplantation and I am totally addicted to Broccoli Salad! How wonderful you shared this recipe!

  5. Sounds great! Any idea what the nutrition info is?


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