Crunchy Broccoli Delight Salad

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Dive into this ultimate Broccoli Delight Salad, an irresistible blend of fresh flavors and textures perfect for potlucks and a stellar choice for lunches or as a dinner side. With its mix of tangy cranberries, sweet grapes, crunchy almonds, savory bacon bits, and a creamy dressing, it’s bound to become your favorite go-to salad recipe.

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Crunchy Broccoli Delight Salad

A Symphony of Flavors in a Salad

This salad harmonizes various taste sensations: the crunch of broccoli and almonds, the sweetness of grapes and dried cranberries, and the rich savoriness of bacon. It’s so delightful that you’ll find yourself going back for seconds and thirds, only to wish there was more left for tomorrow.

Simple Ingredients for a Delicious Broccoli Salad

For the Salad:

  • Broccoli: Fresh broccoli florets, chopped into small, bite-sized pieces for easy eating.
  • Grapes: Sweet red grapes add a burst of juiciness.
  • Dried Cranberries: Tangy cranberries bring a chewy texture; you can swap them with raisins if preferred.
  • Almonds: Sliced, roasted almonds contribute a nutty crunch.
  • Scallions: These add a mild, peppery kick.
  • Bacon: Crispy bacon pieces infuse the salad with a smoky depth. Exclude for a vegetarian variant.

For the Dressing:

A creamy blend of mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, and a touch of sugar creates a dressing that’s both sweet and tangy.

Crunchy Broccoli Delight Salad

Crafting Your Broccoli Delight Salad

Creating this salad is a breeze:

  1. Prepare the bacon to your liking, allow it to cool, then chop or crumble it.
  2. Chop the broccoli and halve the grapes. Toss these in a bowl with the dried cranberries, sliced almonds, diced scallions, and bacon bits.
  3. In a separate container, whisk the mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, and sugar to make the dressing.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients, mixing well to ensure everything is evenly coated.
  5. Chill the salad for a few hours before serving to let the flavors meld.

Tips for Prep and Storage

This salad can be prepared up to 2 days in advance, stored in the fridge in a sealed container. To maintain the best texture, add the almonds just before serving to keep their crunch.

Crunchy Broccoli Delight Salad

Ingredient List

  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
  • 2 cups (474 ml) of seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1 cup (143 g) sliced almonds
  • 1 cup (120 g) dried cranberries (or cherries or raisins as alternatives)
  • 6 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup (about 75 g) cooked, chopped bacon pieces
  • 1 cup (240 ml) mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (12.5 g) granulated sugar

Preparation Steps

  1. In a large bowl, combine the broccoli florets, halved grapes, sliced almonds, dried cranberries, chopped scallions, and bacon pieces.
  2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, and sugar to form the dressing.
  3. Pour the dressing over the broccoli mixture and mix thoroughly until everything is well-coated.
  4. Refrigerate the salad for a few hours to chill and allow the flavors to blend.
  5. Serve chilled and enjoy the delightful mix of flavors and textures!

Crunchy Broccoli Delight Salad

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