Saturday, July 21, 2012

Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad w/ Bacon

This is a great salad to take to a Barbecue or Picnic. It's sweet, savory, crunchy, chewy and creamy-all the favorite "food" senses that I love.  It's also the only time my Husband will eat other vegetables, beside a potato, due to the power of BACON!!

Ingredients for dressing: (Important: you must let the dressing chill over night before you are to assemble this dish)

1/4 cup white onion finely minced
2 cups real mayo (like Best Foods)-not Miracle Whip
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons white vinegar

Mix all above ingredients together; cover and chill overnight.

Salad ingredients:

1-pound of thick-cut Apple Wood Smoked Bacon; cook on a sheet pan covered with foil in a 425 degree oven until crispy (about 35-45 minutes); let cool on a paper toweled platter then crumble, and set aside.
1 head Cauliflower-cut into bite size pieces.
3-4 bunches Broccoli florets (enough to equal cauliflower) cut into bite size pieces.
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese (opt.-save some to garnish the top of the salad).
Optional: 1/3 cup Golden Raisins

In large bowl mix prepared dressing with Cauliflower, Broccoli, crumbled Bacon, Mozzarella cheese and Golden Raisins.  Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish the top with reserved Mozzarella; cover and chill before serving. 

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