Recipe: Broccoli Salad

This is a family favorite. Partly due to the fact it contains bacon and buttermilk ranch dressing. I mean, come’on, who doesn’t love some bacon and buttermilk ranch dressing? Those two ingredients are like Peanut Butter & Jelly, Coffee and Cream, Oreos and Milk. Especially when it comes to making salads. But, I get bored with the same ol’ same ol’ summer salad. Or sum’ma – as my Aunt Nez would say.

I adore this salad. And, men don’t turn their noses up at it because it doesn’t look like a girly phoo-phoo salad because it has bacon in it. Light, creamy, crunchy, salty, and flavorful. Go on – you know you want to try it. 🙂

Broccoli Salad

3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 bunches fresh broccoli (florets only)
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
1/2 bottle real bacon bits
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix – mixed with mayonnaise as directed on the package
Dash paprika

Tear broccoli florets into bits-size pieces. Add olives, cheese, bacon bits and onion. Add dressing and stir to mix. Marinate in refrigerator for two or three hours before serving. Place on a layer of lettuce leaves and garnish with paprika.

Now, if you do want a sweeter, more girly phoo-phoo salad: Replace the olives with raisins and put sugar in the Mayo instead of ranch dressing mix. Yes, be’be’ – it is wonderful stuff!

Y’all Enjoy! 🙂

Oh! And, just so you know – I purchased this book yesterday. I’m in BIG trouble. I’ll be spending the summer cooking everything in this book and posting reviews. I swanee, she makes me homesick for my Mama’s cooking. Lawsie! Lawsie! Lawsie! Help me Rhonda.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Kari says:

    I have just about all of her cookbooks!! I just love her!! This recipe sounds great! I will have to try it this weekend!

  2. Debra says:

    Hi there, lady! I’ve missed you TONS! Yes, I realize I’ve been AWOL; not you. Thanks much for visiting my new blog home.

    I LOVE this recipe. I’ve substituted seedless red grapes for black olives. YUM!

  3. GypsyBiscuit says:

    Number 1. I do enjoy a good broccoli salad, though I’ve never had it with black olives before. The thought just never occured to me to put those two flavors together.

    Number 2. You threw me for a second with this new website design…Is this temporary or going to stick around awhile?

    Number 3. How ’bout the humidity and temperature now? I’m about to have to switch out my flip-flops for a pair of socks and sneakers…

  4. GypsyBiscuit says:

    Ok, now I feel like an idiot. I got up to receive a package from FedEx and now your site looks “normal” again.

    Are you being tricksy with me? Do you want my brain to explode?

  5. starwoodgal says:

    No – I’m not messing with ya. I hit the back button and un-did what I did. I’m the dork!

    I kind of like the new design. We’ll see how it flies for a few days. 🙂

    I haven’t been outside since lunch. I’m hoping the humidity will settle down. My hair needs to stop poofing. I feel like a chia pet!

  6. jas says:

    I love both broccoli salad and the new look of your blog. I’m a displaced Texan currently living in the Frozen North and desperate for anything southern!

    Although we’ve been north of the Mason Dixon for almost 30 years, I still remember what fried hair feels like!

  7. Cee Tindall says:

    I’ve been looking for a robust broccoli salad. This sounds like it will be delicious!

  8. alisaspear says:

    I think I actually have everything to make this- will give it a try and I will let you know what we think!

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