Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Southern
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Serves: 5 servings
 
This is one of my favorite salads. The bacon, yellow raisins, cheddar cheese and sunflower seeds are perfect with the mayonnaise and red wine vinegar dressing that coats the broccoli.
Ingredients
  • 3 large broccoli crowns
  • ½ cup gourmet yellow raisins
  • 8-10 pieces of center cut bacon
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced purple onion
  • 2 tbsp. stevia
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise with olive oil
  • ¾ cup 2% milk cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. Bake the bacon on a rack over a shallow dish at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let it cool then crumble it.
  2. While the bacon is cooking, cut the broccoli florets off of the stems. I've shaved the broccoli with a mandolin in the past but cutting it at a diagonal with a knife gave me basically the same results with a lot less of a mess to clean up.
  3. Mix everything together in a large bowl, cover and refrigerate for a few hours.
  4. Grind the pepper over the top of the salad before serving.
Notes
I use the gourmet yellow raisins because they are bigger and not as sweet as purple raisins.

The fresh ground black pepper has more flavor but you can use regular black pepper if you don't have a grinder.

I serve the sunflower seeds in a bowl on the side because not everyone in my house likes them. (I think that they are delicious and should always be included.)
Recipe by Manda Blogs About... at http://mandablogsabout.net/healthier-broccoli-salad-with-bacon-cheddar-cheese/