Broccoli Bacon Salad

Broccoli bacon salad is a timeless classic that can be adapted to suit all tastes.

Every family has their own recipe for a delightful broccoli bacon salad. It’s the perfect dish to pop in some Tupperware and bring along on a picnic. This creamy version of the salad makes a delectable accompaniment to steaks and other grilled cuts of meat so make sure you whip some up for your next barbeque. If you want to make it into a healthy lunch, you can add a portion of roasted chicken or tuna into the recipe. It’s an incredible way to make vegetables taste so good that even the kids and broccoli naysayers get a healthy dose of vitamins.

A Tasty Balance

The great thing about bacon and broccoli salad is that it’s a delicious balance between healthy and tasty. Bacon adds a salty, mouthwatering flavor to each ingredient while the mayonnaise-based dressing binds everything together. There are loads of variations of this dish, including ones that make use of low-fat ingredients. You can add as many vegetables or garnishes as you dare for flavor. It’s great fun choosing ingredients that add a variety of textures and bright tastes. Out recipe uses raw red onion and water chestnuts.

Dried, salted pork is something people have been eating for over a thousand years. The etymology of the word itself is unclear — with the French, Dutch, English and Germans claiming that they first coined the phrase. Bacon means something slightly different in the United Kingdom and The United States. In America, it’s generally thicker and meatier while in England it’s predominantly a finely sliced breakfast staple.

Brocolli is an interesting vegetable, mainly because it was genetically engineered by humans. In fact, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi and brussel sprouts are all genetic mutations of the same plant, brassica oleracea. Cabbage was selected for its terminal buds, brussel sprouts for their lateral buds and kohlrabi for its stem. Kale was selected for its leaves, cauliflower for flower clusters and broccoli for its stems and flowers.

Bacon Is Good For Me

One of the biggest ever internet memes concerns a key ingredient in our scrumptious salad. The most memorable moment from Wife Swap USA means King Curtis is known around the world. During one episode, a young boy from Fort Worth in Texas exclaimed “bacon is good for me” in defiance to the new rules imposed by his temporary mom. He also informed her that chicken nuggets were his family in the hilarious episode.

Recipe And Preparation

200g broccoli florets, chopped
200g tender stem broccoli, chopped
1 small red onion, sliced
50g sunflower seeds
1 can water chestnuts, diced
100g cooked bacon, crumbled
2 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tsp white sugar
1 tbsp white vinegar
chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Prepare the dressing by whisking the mayonnaise, sugar, parsley and vinegar in the bottom of a salad bowl until smooth.
  2. Add the broccoli, onion, sunflower seeds, water chestnuts and bacon into the bowl and mix thoroughly.
  3. For best results, place in the fridge and chill overnight to allow the flavors to infuse. Taste the salad and season at this point, not before. Serve cold.

Try this salad if you ‘re cooking for fussy eaters who struggle to enjoy plain vegetables. It’s one of the most universally best-loved salads because you can add in a couple of your favorite ingredients to personalize it or keep it simple.

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