I love broccoli and I always mess up the spelling. I can never remember - one "c" double "l" or double "c" and one "l" and sometimes I spell it with double "c" and double "l" and the spell check drives me nuts.
So I made the effort to set me straight. Double "c" one "l". How to remember? I think "coffee cup", two c's. What has coffee got to do with broccoli? I dunno.
The only time I put broccoli in a salad was when I made Pasta and Vegetable Salad. Other than that, I never think of broccoli as being the main star of a salad. And then I saw this Broccoli Salad recipe from Downshiftology.
The dressing is a combination of mayonnaise and yogurt and the broccoli is raw. I'm sorry. I cannot imagine eating broccoli raw. The smell. The taste. So. I blanched the broccoli for about 2 minutes to make it edible for me.
It's just like for beansprouts. I can eat beansprouts raw in soup noodles or kerabu but some people must have it lightly blanched to take the rawness out of it.
The other ingredients in this salad are crispy bacon (yum!!!), dried cranberries, sunflower seeds (I omitted because I don't have any), red onion and goat cheese (I cannot eat this).
Everything was going well in the kitchen until I discovered that my mayonnaise expired way before time. The expiry date is May 2019 and it is only early March 2019. The mayonnaise was off, the color and the taste. Yuks!
So how? Well, I had a bottle of Heinz Spicy Peri-Peri Mayonnaise. Not exactly ideal but it will do. Verdict? I'm afraid I did not like this salad and I blame it on the mayonnaise. I did not use the correct dressing and it is no surprise that not even the bacon made this salad tasty.
But no, I did not throw the salad away. There is nothing that a little squirt of Lingham Chili sauce cannot do to make things taste better hee..hee... In fact it tasted great with chili sauce.
I had the salad with a home cooked steak. So all was not lost.
I'm not giving up on this salad just yet. How could I when it involves bacon and one of my favorite veggies? Perhaps I should attempt a homemade mayonnaise to use for the salad. It should be interesting.