the first dessert I baked for my then-fiance was red velvet cake, and he was hooked...I love to cook, and my 3 daughters are following in my footsteps. This is a collection of recipes that we love. Feel free to comment - good, bad, indifferent - if you try any, let me know how they turn out.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Broccoli Bacon Salad

My kids all raised their eyebrows in that "Mom, are you serious?" way when I told them what I was making, but then they tasted it and really liked it. I combined several from online recipes to make this - you can find versions all over the internet.

  • 2-3 bunches broccoli, stems trimmed, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled (and well-blotted on paper towels)
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup lite mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar (I"m sure red wine vinegar would work)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • In a large bowl, broccoli, bacon, chopped onion, cranberries and sunflower seeds; set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the mayonnaise, yogurt, sugar and white wine vinegar to make the dressing. Pour over the broccoli mixture and mix well.
  • Refrigerate for a few hours so flavors mix. It's better if you make it ahead of time - even a half or whole day.


  1. I'm not a big fan of broccoli salads, but I really do like the sound of yours!

  2. Carrie, we really love it - I made it again last night. It's especially good the next day, after it's been marinating in the sauce. I made it with all plain yogurt because I was out of Miracle Whip, and it was really good.