Recipe of the Week - Bacon & Brown Sugar Broccoli Cauliflower Salad|
by Wen Zientek-Sico
Everyone is familiar with this very popular salad, but we took it a few steps farther and capitalized on the flavors (along with a few small changes) for a dish that is simply out of this world. It still has the same great flavor that you love, just with some extra "oomph". Stop buying it by the pound at the deli for astronomical amounts and make it yourself at home!
Bacon & Brown Sugar Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
I took this standard potluck favorite and tried a bunch of different changes until we found a blend of flavors that was our favorite. We hope it will soon be yours as well! We added lots of raisins, bacon, and brown sugar for a salad that just cannot be beat! Shallots have a milder flavor than the typical onion that is used in the salad, which makes for a more balanced salad. If you cannot find shallots, a mild sweet onion works almost as well. We like taking the time to dip the broccoli in boiling water because the broccoli has a much more intense color and pleasing flavor, but it is optional if you are pressed for time. The salad can be made and refrigerated up to 36 hours in advance with excellent results.
2 large broccoli crowns
1 small head cauliflower
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
3 tablespoons tarragon vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/3 cups golden raisins
3 chopped shallots
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
Quickly dip or pour boiling water over the broccoli crowns to very gently blanch them. Drain well. Coarsely chop the broccoli and cauliflower into small florets and set aside. In a large bowl mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar, brown sugar, and pepper until smooth. Mix in the broccoli, cauliflower, raisins, and shallots. If serving immediately, or within a few hours, add the bacon. Refrigerate until ready to serve. If the salad is being made more than a few hours in advance, do not add the bacon until ready to serve, or a few hours before or it will get too soft.
Makes 8 servings.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes