Broccoli & Red Onion Tangy Sweet Salad

Hey Sweet Andrea~ this one’s for you!

A few weeks back, we had a CREW over for easter 🙂 28ish people in our tiny 900 sq ft apartment! It was a blast!! One of the main dishes on the menu was this broccoli salad. Steve & I had something similar at Whole Foods & this was my attempt to recreate it!

Broccoli & Red Onion Tangy Sweet Salad

  • 1 lb bacon*
  • ½ large red onion, finely sliced into rings
  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into small pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1 c. craisins
  • 1 c. candied/spiced pecans (broken into smaller pieces if desired)

For dressing

  • ½- ¾ c. light mayo
  • 2-3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ c. skim milk
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste

Combine the onion, celery, broccoli & crasins together. Let chill in the fridge over night. This will soften & mellow out the onions a bit.

In the morning (2-3 hours before serving), combine the sauce ingredients & pour over the top of the veggie mixture. Toss to coat. Just before serving,  stir in the bacon pieces & nuts. This dish is best served on the day you make it. We ate the left overs, but I probably wouldn’t serve them to guests. Steve said they the dish got “too saucy” on day 2. J

*I tried several different methods for cooking the bacon (e.g., microwave, cooking in a fry pan etc.). The best way was to 1) chop up the bacon into 1 wide pieces, 2) dump the pieces into a large, deep stock pot, 3) cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until crispy.  This is a bit more involved than tossing the strips in a microwave but the result is FAR better! The bacon gets crispy in it’s own grease. I know, gross, but true!

Many more recipes coming soon… I LOVE all this free time!


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