Feb 20, 2017

Broccoli Salad with Grapes, Bacon & Almonds

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
While most broccoli salads are served completely raw, I like to broil half of the broccoli just long enough to add a little char while keeping the crunch.

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While most broccoli salads are served completely raw, I like to broil half of the broccoli just long enough to add a little char while keeping the crunch. This adds smokiness to the salad. The broccoli florets are tossed with a tangy sweet dressing along with bacon, almonds and grapes. It’s the perfect light salad to serve alongside grilled salmon or BBQ meat.

Broccoli Salad with Grapes, Bacon & Almonds

broccoli salad with grapes, bacon and almonds bowl

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Bacon – I recommend cooking the bacon in the oven at 400ºF for about 20 minutes for perfectly cooked, even bacon. I like the smokiness the applewood smoked bacon adds, though it can easily be substituted with pancetta in this recipe.
  • Broccoli – I buy my broccoli heads whole rather than pre-cut because it’s typically more expensive when it’s sold bagged. When you cut the florets from the stalks, save the stalks and use them for broccoli slaw and serve with these Korean beef tacos to cut down on waste!

How to Make Broccoli Salad with Grapes, Bacon and Almonds

  1. Add half the broccoli to a baking sheet. Preheat oven to broil. Arrange half of the broccoli florets in a singe layer on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
  2. Broil half the broccoli. Broil the broccoli until parts are lightly charred, about 4 minutes. Remove and let cool.
  3. Toss with other broccoli and grapes. Add both the broiled broccoli and the raw broccoli to a large mixing bowl with the grapes and shallots.
  4. Make the sauce. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice and sugar until the sugar has completely dissolved. Add to the broccoli mixture and toss to combine.
  5. Assemble and serve. Add the bacon and almonds then toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes then serve.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads broccoli, (about 1½ pounds), cut into florets
  • 1 cup halved red seedless grapes
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 6 strips cooked applewood smoked bacon, crumbled
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper, as needed

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to broil. Arrange half of the broccoli florets in a singe layer on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Broil the broccoli until parts are lightly charred, about 4 minutes. Remove and let cool. Add both the broiled broccoli and the raw broccoli to a large mixing bowl with the grapes and shallots.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice and sugar until the sugar has completely dissolved. Add to the broccoli mixture and toss to combine.
  • Add the bacon and almonds then toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes then serve.

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