This first recipe was shared by a cousin of ours, Barbara Cline. She and Gerald had us stay with them recently for a family reunion and this salad was a terrific hit! I loved it myself so of course had to ask for the recipe and permission to share it with you. What I love besides the great taste is that it only takes a few minutes to fix and is colorful and interesting as well. The only cooking involved is cooking some bacon crisply. The rest is just chopping and tossing :) How easy is that?
Broccoli and Bacon Salad
2 bunches of broccoli, chopped small
1/2 small onion, minced
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 cup roasted pecans *
1 cup Hellman's Mayonnaise
1/4 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. vinegar
10 - 12 slices crumbled cooked bacon
* may use walnuts or sunflower seeds or your favorite nuts
Combine all ingredients except bacon and refrigerate. Before serving cook bacon crisp and crumble into salad.
Broccoli, Ham and Cauliflower Salad
1 bunch broccoli, chopped small
1 bunch cauliflower, chopped small
1/2 cup carrots, sliced thin
1 cup miracle whip salad dressing
1 cup ham cubes
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. coarsley ground black pepper
Durkee french fried onions
Combine all ingredients and refrigerate a few hours until ready to serve. When ready to serve sprinkle top with french fried onions.
This is another good salad to serve and is easy to throw together when you have extra guests or are wanting an easy cool salad in the hot summer weather.
The recipe below is a great tasting recipe that is cooked and served hot. I've also had it cold and it was good that way as well.
Hot Broccoli and Cheese Salad
3 cups broccoli, chopped and cooked
1 cup cauliflower, chopped and cooked
1 1/2 cups velveeta cheese, cubed
1/2 c. slivered almonds
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
Cook broccoli and cauliflower in water until tender. Add cheese and seasoning and gently combine. Bake in oven at 350º F until bubbly and top with slivered almonds before serving.
Most vegetables are fairly easy to turn into quick salad and also make great tasting casseroles when you want something hot. I hope you enjoy these few recipes and please feel free to share any you think everyone would enjoy hearing about anytime by emailing me. Most of all have fun experimenting in the kitchen and Happy Cooking! Enjoy!