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Broccoli Salad Recipe

Light & Creamy Broccoli Salad

~ from my cherished recipe collection of family favorites

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Let me start this recipe post by saying… Once you make this broccoli salad recipe, it will immediately become one of your favorite “go-to” recipes for any potluck or holiday dinner.

…and you will always get requests for the recipe!

 …trust me, it’s just. that. good.

When i worked as an elementary teacher, in the public schools, the cafeteria ladies would make a very similar dish that, one day, i accidentally discovered that i liked… ha!

“Like” turned to “love” and eventully prompted me to begin a pinterest hunt for a recipe that i could make on my own. Just like most salad recipes, i discovered that there are tons of slightly different variations of this recipe, but the basic ingredients are typically all the same. However, i say it’s the few “personal additions” that can really make it “yours” ~ For me, my secret addition is the use of McCormick’s mayonesa mayo
not your “typical mayo” – With its hint of lime juice, it’s just what i have found that gives my brocolli salad the perfect “zip” of flavor!

My only regret when making this light and creamy broccoli salad for potlucks and holiday dinners, is that i never make enough to have leftovers for myself!

Homemade Broccoli Salad Recipe for potluck holiday dinner Christmas Thanksgiving Easter

Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Dried Cranberries

also commonly called "piggly wiggly" broccoli salad

Chill Time: 1 hour (minimum)

Ingredients:
1lb. fresh broccoli florets
1lb. bacon (cooked & chopped)
1/2 small red onion (minced/diced)
1/2c. dried cranberries
3/4c. sunflower seed kernels
1c. mayonnaise (i love using McCormick’s mayonesa – it has a hint of lime juice!)
1/2c. sugar
2tsp. white vinegar

Directions:
1. Wash and dry broccoli and place in a serving bowl. 
2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar until sugar is dissolved.
3. Next, slowly add the remaining ingredients and combine ~ creating the light and creamy dressing to pour over the broccoli.
4. Gently toss the mixture together to evenly coat the broccoli. 
5. Cover & chill for at least one hour before serving. 

**Optional: add salt & pepper to taste before serving

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