Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

>> Saturday, June 18, 2011

Picnic season is in full swing and this salad is a family favorite. Though it takes a bit of time to cut up all the vegetables, the effort is well worth the end result. A satisfying crunch wrapped in a wonderful sweet and sour sauce with just a touch of smokiness from the bacon (how can you go wrong with bacon?) makes a perfect side dish for any BBQ or potluck picnic.

1 large bunch broccoli - separate into bite-size florets
1 large head cauliflower - cut into bite-size pieces
8-10 bacon strips - fry crispy, then cool and crumble
1/4 lb sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
Small bunch chives, snipped
Optional ingredients - sunflower seeds, raisins, chopped tomatoes, 2 hard boiled eggs peeled and sliced.

Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl. Set aside.

1/3 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons white wine or cider vinegar
1 cup mayonnaise

Whisk together dressing ingredients and pour over salad. Toss until well coated and refrigerate.

I'm off to start cutting broccoli in preparation for this afternoon's picnic. Enjoy!!



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