This broccoli salad recipe is from one of my oldest and dearest friends, Kelly Santoro. I’m not a big fan of raw broccoli but Kelly insisted it was delicious, and she was right! The broccoli soaks up the creamy dressing — softening a bit but remaining crisp — and marries beautifully with bits of salty bacon, tangy cheddar cheese and crunchy almonds.
Begin by making the dressing. It’s a simple, Southern-style mix of mayonnaise, honey and cider vinegar.
Next, chop the broccoli into bite-sized florets and toss with the cheddar cheese, red onions and dressing. This can be done several hours ahead of time (in fact, all the better to allow the broccoli to soak up the flavor).
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Creamy Broccoli Salad with Bacon, Cheddar & Almonds
For the Dressing
- 1 cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann's or Duke's
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons honey or sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
For the Salad
- 9 cups broccoli florets, cut into small, bite-sized pieces (you'll need about 2 pounds of broccoli crowns)
- 1 cup lightly packed grated sharp cheddar cheese, best quality
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- 6 slices bacon
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted if desired
- Make the dressing: Combine the mayonnaise, cider vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, cheddar cheese and red onions. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. (Can be made up to this point several hours ahead of time.)
- Right before serving, cook the bacon according to the package instructions. Drain on paper towels, then crumble into small pieces over the salad. Add the almonds and toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve cold or room temperature.
- Note: Broccoli crowns are trimmed just under the broccoli head, whereas broccoli bunches have stalks that are about 5 inches in length. If you can only find bunches, be sure to buy a bit extra to account for the weight of the stalk.
- Calories: 444
- Fat: 39 g
- Saturated fat: 9 g
- Carbohydrates: 16 g
- Sugar: 9 g
- Fiber: 4 g
- Protein: 10 g
- Sodium: 445 mg
- Cholesterol: 40 mg
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