My friend Jill at work brought me a taste of a homemade broccoli salad she’d made a year or two ago. One bite and I was hooked. It was similar to the bagged broccoli salad mixes you’ll find at Sam’s Club or Costco that are really delicious. Only her’s was made from scratch, which anything homemade is always better! It was one of those ‘I need the recipe to this NOW!!!’ Only that was a year or two ago.. and I just got around to making it. What took so long?? This stuff is AMAZING!
I opted to use fresh cooked bacon rather than bacon bits because let’s be honest. Real fresh cooked bacon is just better. I also added dried cranberries (which Jill didn’t have in hers) and I love the added touch of sweetness. I didn’t grow up eating broccoli salads, but I’m sure going to add them to my regular rotation in my family. It’s just too good to pass up. Serve it along side any of my delicious burger that I made during burger week, my Mom’s Best Potato Salad, Mom’s Best Macaroni Salad, or my Quick & Easy Homemade Coleslaw Recipe! Goodness, I’m ready to send out the invites and get some friends over for a BBQ!
- 1 pkg. bowtie pasta
- 1/4 red onion, finely diced
- Raw broccoli, washed & chopped
- 1 can pitted olives
- 1/2 c. dried cranberries
- 1/4 c. bacon bits
- 1/2 c. mayo
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
- Prepare pasta according to package directions. In a large bowl combine all salad ingredients. Mix dressing together, pour over salad. Refrigerate overnight.