Monday, November 22, 2010

Thankgiving Dinner Blog Hop

Welcome blog hoppers! I hope you are enjoying our Thanksgiving Blog Hop so far! If you came directly to my blog and want to start from the beginning, link back to Robin’s appetizer here.

I’m excited to share with you the broccoli salad my grandma always made during the holidays. I have strayed a little from her recipe, but I don’t think she’d really mind. In fact, I think she’d love it! After all, it is delicious!

Krista’s Version of Grandma’s Broccoli Salad

Salad Ingredients

2-3 bundles of broccoli crowns
½ lb bacon
½ lb shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese
½ red onion
6 oz (one bag) dried cranberries
A couple of handfuls of walnuts, pecans, or sunflower seeds
~ Add any ingredients you like to make it your own

Dressing Ingredients

1 c. mayonnaise
½ c. sugar
2 T. cider vinegar

I start with the bacon so it has time to cool. One tip my mom taught me is to cut the bacon before you cook it when using it in a recipe.

Next, cut the broccoli into small pieces, using mostly just the top part, and very little stalk.

Chop the red onion. I don’t have any tips for chopping onions, and I cry every time. If anyone has a tip, please leave me a comment!!

Mix all salad ingredients together. I made two different salads, one delicious one, and one for my mom, the picky eater.

In a separate bowl (or measuring cup), mix the dressing ingredients together and chill.

About ½ hour before serving, pour dressing over salad and mix. If it seems dry, don’t worry! By the time you are ready to serve it, stir one more time and it will be covered with dressing.

I can’t eat this salad without remembering my grandma. I hope you enjoy it as you create new holiday memories with your family!

Now, hop on over to Becky’s blog to see what she’s cooking up!


  1. Love, Love, Love broccoli salad!

    Have a great Thanksgiving!


  2. Since I have my Pampered Chef Food Chopper, I haven't cried while chopping onions - it's chopped and in the pan/bowl too quickly for the fumes to reach my tear ducts.

  3. Beau just discovered broccoli, I will HAVE to make this...thanks for participating in the's fun to see all the different recipes!

  4. Aw Krista! I remember when you made this for us Lavender House Girls waaaay back in the day. I was amazed how you were able to combine so many things I didn't like and have it turn out tasting amazing :D What fun. It's so funny to find how domestic so many of my old college friends have become. I follow Robin's blog too and was really surprised when it ended up linking to yours. When I'm back in the US I'll probably have to get more domesticated myself ;)

  5. I love broccoli salad. It's so good. I'll be making this one soon.