Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds

August 11th, 2012 in Salad Recipes by
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Total cooking time: 2h 30min  
Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds

Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds

Broccoli is one of vegetables I never tried before we came to US. Amongst other foods prepared of broccoli, fresh broccoli salads are pretty popular here.

And I think variation with fresh broccoli, onions, raisins, sunflower seeds and bacon crumbles is the most popular one.

If you wish to make salad lighter skip the bacon (obvious decision) and use lighter mayo.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb of broccoli crowns
  • 1/2 red onion (or 1/3 of a big one)
  • 5-6 strips of bacon (about 5oz)
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 1/2 cup of roasted sunflower seeds, peeled and unsalted
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of mayo

How to prepare, step-by-step:

  1. Prepare ingredients:
    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 1

    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 1

  2. Pour hot boiled water over raisins and set them aside:
    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 2

    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 2

  3. Wash broccoli, separate florets, slice these into smaller pieces, move to a mixing bowl; grate remaining broccoli stalks on big slots of the grater to the same bowl:
    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 3

    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 3

  4. Peel and chop onion, add to the bowl:
    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 4

    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 4

  5. Drain liquid from raisins, add them to the bowl:
    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 5

    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 5

  6. To prepare dressing mix mayo, sugar and balsamic vinegar in a mixing bowl:
    Add sugar to mayo

    Add sugar to mayo

    Pour vinegar in

    Pour vinegar in

    And mix well

    And mix well




  7. Pour dressing to the bowl:
    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 7

    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 7

  8. Mix good, cover bowl with a plastic wrap or a lid and put it to fridge for about 2 hours:
    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 8

    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 8

  9. Arrange bacon strips in a pan and cook them in the stove until desired crispness (remove excessive grease if needed), then get bacon out of the stove, and arrange on a plate laid with paper towels to cool down and dry:
    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 9

    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 9

  10. Mix sunflower seeds in right before serving the salad:
    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 10

    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 10

  11. As well as crumbled bacon:
    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 11

    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds Recipe: Step 11

  12. Mix well, then fresh broccoli salad with raisins, sunflower seeds and bacon is ready:
    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds

    Fresh Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds

Enjoy!

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