It's time for another Ultimate Recipe Challenge (URC) and this time the spotlight is on Broccoli. I love broccoli, always have always will. You can imagine my surprise when I read disparaging comments in the URC group about this delectable vegetable. Apparently, some of you out there aren't fans? I mean, I get it. It can leave you a little gassy, but so can many foods I have no intention of taking off my food list.
So, to answer the critics and try to win over the cynics I'm smothering it in comfort foods to create a fresh side salad even the skeptics are sure to love.
Broccoli Bacon Ranch Salad
- 2-3 large heads of Broccoli
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 Tbsp of Ranch mix
- 1 cup of sour cream
- 1 4.5 oz. pkg of real bacon bits (not pictured)
First, you'll need to cut your broccoli into small bite-size pieces and mix the ranch and sour cream together.
Next, start mixing the ingredients together.
It really doesn't matter what order you go in BUT I would recommend adding the ranch mixture by the spoonful. This will keep you from overdressing the salad and having soggy broccoli.
This is a serious question. Do I have the only family that can eat shredded cheddar cheese by the handfuls? I love that stuff! Here's a tip I'm just going to throw out there and you can either take it or ignore it.
Stop buying pre-shredded cheese. I'm not judging and I understand it's more convenient but the powder used to keep it from clumping definitely affects the flavor. Cheese your grate yourself melts quicker, is smoother, and tastes better. Promise, it's worth the extra five or so minutes and I don't think there's a cost difference.
Then there's bacon. Not everyone in my house is big on bacon. Shocking, right? Still, it's hard to argue with the flavor it brings.
Sure, this salad will become a standby for summer get-togethers, but I'm telling you, it's great year round. When the potluck table is covered with heavy casseroles I promise a fresh broccoli salad will be a welcomed alternative. Plus, broccoli is in season in the cooler months.