Recipe: Broccoli Salad

My mom wasn't the first parent to sign up for PTA events, or to volunteer for a potluck. She felt ill-at-ease among the pearl-wearing establishment of Southern cocktail parties, and she was never one to simply go into a kitchen and casually "whip something up." But she had a few go-to's that would leave anyone fooled: among them, broccoli salad. "Eat your trees," she'd say, as six-year-old me would push our family's go-to vegetable from one side of my plate to the other---one of the stranger mom-isms I've held onto, perhaps, but a directive I'm willing to oblige. -- lennon 



  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into bite-size florets (discard stems)  
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion or green onion or both  
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup peanuts or sunflower seeds
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional) 


  1. Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar. Cover and refrigerate several hours.
  2. Combine broccoli, onion, raisins, peanuts, and bacon. Pour dressing over the salad and mix well. Chill.  


Posted on August 12, 2013 and filed under Recipes.