Neelys broccoli salad with bacon and cheese

neelys broccoli salad with bacon

I think one of the most proved and established salad combinations is:

  • broccoli
  • bacon
  • red onion
  • mayonnaise

I have noticed it while I was searching for new broccoli salad ideas. Why is this combination so popular? Really…Why don’t they mix broccoli with chicken pieces for example? Why is the bacon? And why do they always add red and not for example green onion? And why the mayonnaise dressing? Why not soy sauce?

So many questions and one answer. Why? Because it tastes GREAT. 🙂 If you try this heavenly mix you will understand why it is red onion, why it is mayonnaise…I really advise you to stick with these ingredients in order to achieve exactly this explosion of flavors. The taste is so specific and unforgettable, it lasts in your mouth, not just the taste, but the whole experience. You want to eat an unforgettable salad? THIS is the salad.

I guess I already showed you some variations of broccoli bacon Cheddar cheese salad. Here is another similar recipe, but still not the same. Actually there are lots of differences in the variations. The point is to keep the basics (the main, very important ingredients, which I listed above) and then to play with the details. For example, here is Neelys broccoli salad with bacon and Cheddar cheese. Instead of yogurt they use sour cream in the dressing. They also add some celery seeds, which give the salad a delicate extra flavor.

You could add lots of things to Neelys broccoli salad. If you like it like that, take the recipe right away. See the summary I made or go directly to the original page, where you can see also a video. But if you want to challenge your creativity and make your very own and unique masterpiece, then you need to inspire yourself and add some ingredients that you consider as original and interesting. I am going to give you one idea, you could also think of creative salad ingredients:

Why don’t you add some shredded, baked sweet potato to the salad? After you whisk everything together, you just sprinkle some of the shredded red potato on top. It will look very pretty and will add a sweet flavor to the broccoli.

That was my idea. I have tried adding this to Neelys broccoli salad and the result was fantastic. So, have fun in the kitchen and write in the comment below, what happened, did you enjoy the process? 🙂


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