Broccoli Salad is always a crowd pleaser. This is one of our favorite ways to eat raw broccoli, even the kids love it..
Growing up, one of my favorite places was Deli Delicacies in Lakeland, FL. They had the BEST dishes I have ever eaten at a "deli". This was Gourmet Deli all the way. I loved the polynesian chicken which was this marinated juicy chicken breast with grapes & nuts. Yummy. Mom, loved the broccoli salad and the kids loved the gigantic cookies and bite sized petit-fours. Unfortunately, they closed a few years ago... Deli Delicacies was such an inspiration for me that I had to put my own version of Broccoli Salad on the Menu. I named it the "Bartow Broccoli Salad".
If you google broccoli salad, you will find thousands of recipes.. Most of the "dressings" are somewhat similar and most salads have Bacon and Raw onion.
I didn't want my broccoli salad to have either since majority of my customers worked at the courthouse a few blocks away. If I used Bacon, then it wouldn't be vegetarian.. If I used onion, It might cause bad breath...
So I made my own TaylorMade tweaks.. Giving the salad lots of "crunch" from much healthier ingredients..
It works for all diets.. Lo carb, hi protein, vegetarian, gluten-free, quick and kid friendly!!!
This was an Incredibly popular dish at TaylorMade Market... I made a huge batch of this twice a day.. EVERYDAY....
Here is what you'll need for the salad: Broccoli, Cheddar, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Cranberries & Raisins
The whole sweet & savory thing hits the spot on this one.. and if you like texture... you are going to love this. It is healthy, filling and won't weigh you down.. (or give you bad breath..)
This recipe can be made in less than 5 minutes. You can also use pre-packaged broccoli florets to save you time..
Add all your ingredients to the bowl..
then add the dressing
Give it a good stir and let it chill at least 30 min before serving.
This salad is best when it is eaten the same day.. The longer the broccoli sits the more the vinegar stars to break it down and it will lose its beautiful bright green color.
FEEL FREE to Taylor-Make your own version of this salad or the dressing. If you prefer it sweeter, add more sugar.. Too sweet? add more mayo & vinegar to dressing.
BEST BROCCOLI SALAD
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
- 1 c Mayo (best quality you can find)
- 5 c Broccoli Florets
- 1 c cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/3 c organic sunflower seeds
- 1/3 c organic pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 c organic cranberries
- 1/3 c organic raisins
- Make the Dressing: In a small bowl, Stir sugar and apple cider vinegar until sugar is dissolved. Add mayo and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, add all the salad ingredients. Pour dressing over the salad and mix. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
FEEL FREE to Taylor-Make your own version of this dressing. If you prefer it sweeter, add more sugar.. Too sweet? add more mayo & vinegar to dressing. TASTE the dressing before you add to the salad.. Dressing should be combined before adding to broccoli salad mixture.
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