This salad takes raw broccoli to a whole new level! When I make it for get-togethers, people fall into one of three categories -- 1) They ask for the recipe 2) They say, "Oh, I love this salad but I make mine with ______" (fill in the blank with raisins, sunflower kernels, pecans, dried cranberries, etc,) or 3) "Broccoli? Gross!" Well, you can't win 'em all!
6 cups fresh broccoli florets
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup chopped red onion
1-1/2 cups mayonnaise ( I use Olive Oil Mayo)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
12 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, cheese and onion. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sugar, pepper and vinegar. Pour over broccoli mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Just before serving, stir in the bacon.