Saturday, June 20, 2009

Chopped Veggie Salad with Aged Cheddar

broccoli bacon saladThis is a pretty yummy take on Broccoli Salad. It includes extra sharp Vermont Cheddar; an addition my hubby absolutely loves.

I start by chopping one bunch of broccoli and one head of cauliflower into small pieces. Don't discard those broccoli stalks, you can peel the fibrous outer skin to reveal a tender interior that can also be added to this salad (this is what you find in a bag of broccoli slaw).

See the chopped broccoli stalks (center left), followed by chopped crispy bacon, and diced red onion.

Next, add cubes of extra sharp cheddar cheese. I also threw in small handful of dried cranberries that I had. You could use raisins too.

Time to mix up the yummy dressing. It goes together lickety-split.

Pour the dressing on the veggies, stir, and serve. This is one of those salads that is extremely versatile - you can vary the type of vinegar used, add different veggies, add nuts, add your favorite dried fruits, whatever.

For a more substantial side dish, try adding cubes of grilled ham steak - very yummy.

broccoli and bacon salad
Chopped Veggies Salad with Aged Cheddar

1 bunch broccoli, florets chopped
1 head cauliflower, florets chopped
6-8 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped fine
1 1/2 cups cubed extra sharp cheddar
Optional ingredients: cubed ham, chopped carrots, chopped cashews, raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, etc.
for the dressing:
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or your favorite)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup mayonnaise (can also substitute plain yogurt)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over the veggies. Stir to combine and serve. Chill leftovers.


  1. Well! Butteryum .... you've outdone yourself once again!

  2. This sounds not only tasty but healthy too!

  3. Sorry, I forgot to add my name,.... Jeannette

  4. I never had broccoli salad until a few months ago but since discovering it, I have been on a real broccoli salad binge. I just love it! I actually made it again today so we could have it for dinner tonight. A couple weeks ago I posted a variation of your recipe on my blog but I've never tried it with cheese. Next time, I'll try making it that way. Thanks for the tip!

  5. I'm really hungry. This isn't helping. I guess I should get my backside up and make dinner lol. :)

    I'm keeping this one.

  6. That salad looks yummy!!!

    Thanks for the tip about painting and checking out my blog.

  7. Oh my...YUMMY!!! I am sooooo trying looks fantastic!!!

    Thanks for the recipe!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  8. Oh, yum! I've been visiting the Summer Salad Saturdays participants this morning, and I'm really craving these delicious-sounding salads now.

  9. Hi Patricia...

    Oooh...this is a fabulous veggie salad! I love brocolli and cauliflower! I am definitely trying this one! My honey loves aged cheddar as well so this would be a big hit with him! Ohh...and I think I would love it with the ham too! Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous recipe with us today for Sunday Favorites!!! What a treat!!!

    Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  10. It sure does look yummy.

    Once upon a time, when I was pregnant with my third baby, we were eating at a restaurant with a salad bar. They had a raw broccoli/cauliflower salad. It tasted soooooooo good to my pregnant self that I became a certified HOG and pigged out on it.

    Oh my, did I ever pay for THAT with a sleepless night of gas and indigestion. I have avoided raw broccoli/cauliflower ever since!

    But for others - - - regular folk who do NOT make pigs of themselves - - - this would be a delightful salad!!!

    Happy Valentine's Day.

  11. I'm always on the hunt for yummy veggie dishes that aren't your typical garden variety salad and this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    Kat :)

  12. What a nice blog, let me say that you have what some people call: ''writer's wood'', no really,
    this could be the best thing i've ever read since that last post of ''Tabasco's Grill'' by Henry Townsend, i can't wait
    for another masterpiece of yours!!!! =)

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    4853 Tully Street
    Dearborn, MI 48126


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