Is it too soon to be thinking about our Christmas menu??? Because, I am. This bright green Broccoli salad served in a red bowl makes such a pretty Christmas side dish! I have seen lots of versions of this salad. Some contain raisins. Some don't have bacon. Some DONT EVEN HAVE CHEESE???? Can you even imagine???? Blasphemy. One thing I do is boil the broccoli for 1 minute before I chop it. This takes just a tad bit of the bite out of it and gives it a much brighter, greener color. If the idea of boiling your broccoli horrifies you, then skip this step.......
3 heads of Broccoli
12 oz bacon, diced and cooked crispy
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 large red onion, very finley diced
For the dressing
1 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup granulated Sugar
3 TBSP White Vinegar
Prepare a bowl full of ice water. Drop all three heads of broccoli into a pot of boiling water for exactly 1 minute (not a second longer)Remove from boiling water and put the broccoli in the ice bath to stop it from cooking. Chop the broccoli florets and discard the stems. Place the chopped broccoli florets on some paper towels to get the excess water to drain. You do NOT want any water in your broccoli salad. While it is drying, you can be preparing the bacon, dicing onions and shredding the cheese. In a large bowl, combine the chopped broccoli, onions, cheese and bacon pieces. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar. Pour over the broccoli salad and mix thoroughly. Chill in the fridge overnight.