Crazy Broccoli Salad

So a friend of mine called yesterday and asked about Broccoli Salad. Yep. Broccoli Salad. You know it, that “Crazy” salad that’s rather ubiquitous and has been around forever! I first had it in the late 70’s…Fresh broccoli in a sweet tart dressing punctuated by crunchy cashews, chewy raisins and a bit of bacon.

Crazy Broccoli Salad

Crazy Broccoli Salad

I laughed and asked if she’d “googled” it, but she said “Yours is the best.” I highly suspect she found 10,000 recipes and threw up her hands! I know she’ll read this, so flattery will get you everywhere. 🙂 I do have trick or two up my sleeve to make this salad a little lighter, a little better and just a hair healthier.

The big difference between mine and others? I cut the broccoli right (see the bottom of the post for Simple, Steamed Broccoli) and do a quick, and I do mean quick, blanche of the broccoli, then drain it well. I play with the simple dressing just a bit, replacing the mayo with Greek yogurt and just a dab of sour cream, and I use a bit more vinegar and less sugar, but feel free to go by taste.

Crazy Broccoli Salad

Crazy Broccoli Salad

The rest is up to you: use more or less of the raisins, cashews (or sunflower seeds if you prefer) and bacon (or not). Use red, white or yellow onion. Add halved cherry tomatoes or cheese if you wish, although I think these were later additions. But enjoy it, any way you make it! It’s so good!

Crazy Broccoli Salad

Crazy Broccoli Salad

Crazy Broccoli Salad

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 bunch of broccoli (about a pound) in bite sized florets, stems shaved, thinly sliced, stems separated from florets
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 onion, chopped (red, white or yellow, if using red, use about 1/4)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar, to taste
  • salt to taste, optional
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 4 to 8 ounces bacon
  • 1/2 cup cashews or sunflower kernels

Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook over medium heat just until crisp; drain on paper towels.

Ready a large bowl of water and ice, set aside. Bring a large saucepan with about an inch of water to a boil. Add the broccoli stems, wait about 30 seconds and add the florets. Cover and steam for two minutes, no longer. There won’t be any noticeable difference, but trust me, this is exactly how long to steam.

Quickly drain in a strainer or colander and plunge the colander filled with broccoli into the ice water (best done in sink) and leave until broccoli is cool. Add more cold water if necessary. Remove and drain very well.

In a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, sour cream, vinegar, onion, and sugar. Add the broccoli and toss the coat with the dressing. refrigerate for an hour. Just before serving, fold in the rest of ingredients. Serve immediately.

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Based on 8 servings, 3 tablespoons sugar, nonfat yogurt, 4 ounces bacon:  Calories 209; Total Fat 9 g 14 %; Saturated Fat 2 g 12 %;
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g; Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g; Trans Fat 0 g; Cholesterol 18 mg 6 %; Sodium 287 mg 12 %; Potassium 400 mg 11 %; Total Carbohydrate 26 g 9 %; Dietary Fiber 2 g 10 %; Sugars 17 g;
Protein 9 g 18 %; Vitamin A 8 %; Vitamin C 86 %; Calcium 7 %;
Iron 7 %

Kitchen & Cooking Hacks:

Eliminate Waste! Shavings can be used in Green Smoothies! Cut bacon through package, wrap and freeze!

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16 thoughts on “Crazy Broccoli Salad

  1. Erica

    I went with craisins, no nuts, and a dozen cherry tomatoes. We LOVED it! Thank you for the great recipe without mayo. 🙂

  2. I used to think that I did not like raisins in savory foods or salads, but I always liked them; It was just everyone around me saying how much they disliked them. And I imagine the interplay with the broccoli and the bacon really makes this salad rock!

    • It does! I love raisins, although I used to be more give or take on them. I think they are consistently better than they used to be when I was a kid. Dried cherries or cranberries would be good in here, too – something to add in that bit of yielding chew.

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