Refrigerator Broccoli Salad

What could be easier than a dish that requires no cooking–just chopping and mixing–and can be prepared days in advance?

By Christy Jordan

The tasty chilled salad is the ideal thing to bring to a summer gathering or pot-luck supper.


1 head broccoli, florets and stalks chopped
  into bite-size pieces (4 to 5 cups)
1 c. sunflower seeds
1 c. raisins or dried cranberries1 c. mayonnaise
½ lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled½ c. sugar
1 medium red onion, chopped½ c. white vinegar


1. Place broccoli in a large bowl. Add raisins, bacon, onion and sunflower seeds and toss to combine.

2. In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar until well combined. Pour dressing over broccoli mixture and stir to coat well.

3. Store, covered, in refrigerator until ready to serve, so that the dressing has time to chill and the flavors blend.

The broccoli salad will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for several days.

Serves 4 to 6.

Nutritional Information:  Calories: 780; Fat: 57g; Cholesterol: 60mg; Sodium: 950mg; Total Carbohydrates: 55g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugars: 38g; Protein: 21g.

Come Home to Supper book coverExcerpted with permission from Come Home to Supper: Over 200 Casseroles, Skillets, and Sides (Desserts, Too!) to Feed Your Family with Love by Christy Jordan. Copyright © 2013. Photograph by Ben Fink Photography. All Rights Reserved

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If you are doing the Weight Watcher's program, this broccoli salad is 22 points for one serving!

WOW! 780 calories and 57 grams of fat (and that is for 1/6 of the recipe - plugging the ingredients into various recipe calories shows a much higher amount for 1/4)!!!!! For a SIDE DISH! That is truly astonishing. Even for an active person, that's about 1/3 of the daily recommended calories, and for older, more sedentary people, probably about half!

This receipt could have been MUCH improved by using a low-fat or fat free mayo, and you certainly don't need to glop it up with an entire cup! And it is too sweet - seriously, 1/2 of sugar? It's not a dessert!

Maybe using granulated slpenda in place of the sugar.