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Broccoli and Bacon Summer Salad

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Every once in a while I get a hankering for that broccoli bacon salad that is so popular at certain cafés and parties and supermarkets. But it's usually a bit too heavy, rich, sweet, and filled with unexpected surprises like raisins. (Gack!) So this summer I was determined to make a version that is just as yummy and not as thick and goopy as the usual one. Which probably means it's lower in calories and such, but I'm not one to count those.  For me it's all about flavor, and this one hits the spot.

You can add raisins if you want. Go right ahead! Just don't try to serve it to me if I come over because I WILL pick them out. I've also seen recipes that call for shredded cheese and sunflower seeds. But I don't think you really need those. Here's what you do need: organic ingredients! This recipe is 100 percent organic the way I make it, which is why it's so yummy for body and soul. So here it is:

Broccoli Bacon Summer Salad

Salad ingredients:
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1 8-ounce package of bacon
  • 1 small red onion, chopped fine
  • 1 sweet red pepper, also chopped fine
Dressing ingredients:
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 pinch o' salt
Directions:
  1. Blanch (dip in boiling water for a minute) the broccoli and cut into tiny bits.
  2. Cook the bacon.
  3. Mix the dressing together in a separate bowl.
  4. In a bigger bowl (one that can go right into the fridge and, ideally, one with a lid), add the chopped onion, chopped red pepper, chopped broccoli, and chopped bacon. Then add the dressing and stir or shake (if your bowl has a lid).
You can eat it right away or chill it in the fridge and let all the flavors mix for a day or two before enjoying it.

 

For more from Maria Rodale, go to www.mariasfarmcountrykitchen.com

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