Broccoli and Bacon Salad

broccoli & bacon salad by The Culinary ChaseBroccoli is a veggie I cannot get enough of and when I see a recipe that includes bacon, it has to be a winning combo. Broccoli is so nutrient-rich I can’t imagine not having it in my diet.  This is a light dish as it doesn’t have a heavy sauce nor does it call for cheese.  Broccoli and bacon salad is perfect for the buffet table or at a potluck dinner.

Serves 4 to 6
adapted from Simply Recipes

1 lb. broccoli florets
8 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped
1 cup of fresh peas, (or if frozen, thawed)
1 cup mayonnaise
red pepper flakes (optional)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey

Bring a pot of water, salted with a teaspoon of salt, to a boil. Add the broccoli florets. Cook 1-2 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want the broccoli. Do not cook for more than 2 minutes, or the broccoli will get mushy. Drain broccoli and immediately put into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Let cool and drain. Combine broccoli florets, bacon, and peas in a large serving bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, cider vinegar and honey. Add dressing to the salad and toss to mix well. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes. Chill thoroughly before serving.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:  A scrumptious dish that will have your kids asking for more. Enjoy!