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.

14 comments:

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

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  2. This sounds not only tasty but healthy too!

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

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  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!

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  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.

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  6. That salad looks yummy!!!

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

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

    Thanks for the recipe!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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

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  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

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  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.

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  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 :)

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  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!!!! =)

    Vincenzo Aquafresca (vincenzoaquafresca@gmail.com)
    4853 Tully Street
    Dearborn, MI 48126

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