This is a repost of one of my favorite recipes. I never did get to add photos to the original post because I usually mix this up late at night the night before a family gathering, rush out the door first thing in the morning, and it gets gobbled up before photos can be snapped. Be ready to share the recipe if you bring this to a pot luck – you will be asked for it!
You won’t get too much competition in the vegetable area when attending a pot luck. Lots of people bring a potato dish, or a dessert, or a pasta salad. No one brings broccoli. That’s a fact.
I bring this salad to almost every family gathering I attend. It gets gobbled up because its chalk full of mayonnaise… and bacon. Everybody likes bacon. Your great aunt, your father-in-law, your little cousin. Everybody.
1-1/2 lb. fresh broccoli tips cut into bite size pieces – if your broccoli has large trunks you can peel off tough outer layer with a vegetable peeler and shred the trunks as well.
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 c. of chopped scallions
1/2 c. raisins
3/4 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
Mix up the dressing and pour over the salad ingredients. Serve cold.
This tends to get wetter if the salad is stored mixed with the dressing for a day or so. If you want to make it ahead you can store the dressing in a resealable container like a mason jar and chill the salad ingredients in a separate bowl. I usually make the bacon the day of the event and keep the bacon crumbles separate in a zip top baggie until just before serving, so it is still crispy.
Also, I like to make the bacon in the oven. It takes a little longer, but you don’t have to stand around and watch it while it cooks!
What is your favorite pot luck side dish?