Sunday, July 1, 2012

Broccoli Salad

Our smoked pork loin was out of this world good.  I have to give props to my hubby for keeping an eye on the smoker periodically.  This was our first truly successful team experience with our smoking endeavors.  I made the rub, which I am keeping a secret:)  He tended the smoke and fire.  The end result, a beautiful smoke ring and a fantastic meal paired by my first little gem, Broccoli Salad.

This salad is a typical deli delight normally laden with a ton of mayo.  I've lightened it up a bit by cutting the mayo down and substituting light sour cream.  I also used center cut bacon in place of regular bacon.  If you haven't read my blog before, I am a firm believer in attempting to use as many healthy swaps as possible while trying to maintain true flavors.  Center cut bacon does the trick with 33% less fat than regular bacon.  If you are looking for a side salad for your upcoming picnics or BBQ's, this salad is a wonderful pairing with any grilled meat.  It is so incredibly easy to make (and eat) I could make this in my sleep.  Here is my version...

Broccoli Salad

1/4 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2-3 tablespoons granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you like your dressing, I used 3)
1 bunch broccoli florets 
1 tablespoon minced red onion
3 strips cooked bacon, chopped
1/4 cup raisins

In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, vinegar, mayo, and sugar until smooth.  Set aside.  Add the broccoli, red onion, bacon, and raisins.  Pour the dressing over the broccoli mixture, toss, and serve.

I will post the potato salad tomorrow along with dip number two!  Enjoy!


  1. Do your kiddos like broccoli? I think this would be a good recipe to get kids to eat broccoli because of the sweet and salty combo. I hope you enjoy!