How to Make a Broccoli Salad. With Bacon.

First of all, I wish I’d done this on FB Live so you could see just how simple it is because recipes just make life complicated sometimes. Learn a method for daily cooking, and flavors that go well together. Then you can more easily pull together something good to eat in a hurry, which is almost always how you need to do it.. Keep those good things on hand and buy the good stuff when you see it. Learn what to do with what you have so you don’t waste anything. Eating healthy isn’t more expensive because it’s more satisfying and although you may pay more for individual ingredients sometimes, you’ll waste less because it tastes better and because you know what it cost you. Sermon over.

Make this salad.

Step one: Wash your fresh broccoli, remove the bottom bit, break it apart and put it in a pot of boiling salted water for about a minute or 2. While it’s in there get out a big bowl, some mayo, olive oil and nice vinegar. (apple cider or white wine vinegar at the low end) I have yummy balsamic fig vinegar I got for my birthday so I’m using that. #spoiled

Drain the broccoli in a colander and rinse it under cold water. You just learned how to blanch broccoli. Now if a recipe calls for blanching that’s how you do it. Let all the water drain off. While it does…

Dressing

Step two: Place a big glob of mayo in the bottom of your bowl. Half a cup? Unless you make your own mayo, use Dukes. Because I said so. Add a big pinch of kosher salt and a good sprinkle of black pepper. Drizzle in some olive oil and the best vinegar you have until you have a loose mayo. Not as runny as a salad dressing, but lighter than your mayo. If you want to see the consistency of my finished dressing with the onions in, go grab a peek at my Instagram feed. I’ve put a short video clip on there. Taste it and make sure it tastes balanced, to you. This is your salad. Add a diced red onion. Yes, you have to use a red one. Unless you have a purple one, then you may use that. hint: they are the same thing. Let that sit while you…

Step three: Chop your broccoli into bite-sized pieces then throw that on top of the dressing and onions.Broccolichopped

Steps all the rest: Add a handful of raw, unsalted sunflower seeds and a handful of raisins.Raisinsandseeds Last, but NOT LEAST! Throw in as much chopped, cooked bacon as you want to. AddbaconBake your bacon, it’s easier. In a 400F oven for about 20 minutes on a foil lined tray. You’re welcome. If you did that this morning or yesterday, so much the easier.

Cover it up with cling film and refrigerate. If you’re an expat going back overseas (you know who you are – ML, MR, AE), oh my cow, go to Costco and stock up on Kirklands; this cling film changed my life. Why didn’t anyone tell me sooner!?

Eat this all week. Unless you’re having company, then they will probably eat it all up and ask for the recipe. In that case, please direct them here and go buy more fresh broccoli. Thank you so much.

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