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Video:How to Make Broccoli Salad With Raisins

with Chef William Richards

Learn how to make broccoli salad with raisins. Here, see step-by-step instructions for making broccoli salad with raisins.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Broccoli Salad With Raisins

Hi I'm Chef William Richards for About.com

Why Make Broccoli Salad With Raisins

Even if your guests aren't broccoli fans, they'll love this combination of vegetables and fruits. Raisins make this broccoli salad extra special. We're adding bacon to this class salad too.

How to Prepare the Broccoli for Broccoli Salad With Raisins

Begin by preparing your fresh broccoli. Take 2 large stalks of washed broccoli and cut and dispose of the large base stem. Then take a small knife and slice away all leaves and smaller stems. Cut broccoli into smaller stalks. Then lightly steam the broccoli for 1-2 minutes. Rinse the cooked broccoli with cold water for crunchy results. Take smaller stems and slice into ½ inch pieces to add to your salad. Continue cutting down the broccoli stalks into smaller bite size pieces.

Additional Ingredients for Broccoli Salad With Raisins

Here are the ingredients that you'll need:
  • 6 cups of broccoli florets
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 3/4 cup raisins. If you’re looking for opportunities to cut down on calories, you can cut the raisins in half. Also consider using currants, which are smaller, or other dried fruit such as dried blueberries.
  • ½ cup sliced almonds or any other of your favorite nuts including walnuts or pecans
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
And for dressing:
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt – regular or nonfat½ cup mayonnaise – also regular or reduced calorie
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. orange juice
Fry 6 slices of bacon until crispy brown. Drain thoroughly on a paper towel then chop into small pieces. In one bowl add the bacon, raisins, onions, nuts and sunflower seeds to the broccoli. In a second bowl, combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, sugar and orange juice. Cover and refrigerate separately. You can make this salad a day in advance. When it’s time to serve, toss the broccoli salad mix with the dressing. Store in an airtight container or plastic bag. At the even you can serve from the container or if you’re storing your salad in a plastic baggie, don’t forget to bring a serving plate. If you’re going to an outdoor party, make sure your salad isn’t sitting out for more than 1-2 hours. Otherwise, to avoid possible contamination or spoilage, keep your salad safely sealed and stored in a cooler in the shade.

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