When I was in college, I went with friends to an Italian deli. I don’t remember anything I ate there but their broccoli salad. Because it was horrible. Before that day, I had never tried broccoli salad, and not sure why I ever tried it again, because it was that bad. Tasted like vinegary tin.Sometime later I was a potluck and saw a bowl of broccoli salad. I was encouraged to give it a try, as it was a personal favorite of the person urging me to try it. It wasn’t bad. I actually enjoyed it. It was one you can pick up at your supermarket deli. It got my wheels turning and I knew I could easily make something like it. Now, broccoli salad is one of my favorite things, eating it almost everywhere it is offered.
I’ve given it the name broccoli cheese because I do put a hearty amount of cheese in it. But then maybe I should title it ‘broccoli bacon cheese’ because I’m not shy with the bacon either. This is one of my favorite things to make and bring to any potluck. It’s easy to make, feels fancy, and tastes great.
Broccoli Cheese Salad
- 2 large broccoli tops; chopped-about 12 oz
- 1/2 red onion , chopped
- 8 oz cheddar cheese , cubed
- 8-12 slices bacon , cooked & crumbled
- 4 oz sliced mushrooms
- 3/4-1 cup creamy cucumber dressing
- Salt/Pepper to taste
In a large bowl, toss all the dry ingredients together.
Add the dressing, starting with a half a cup first and add more to get the desired wetness.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve or chill and serve later.
I used Kroger brand Creamy Cucumber Dressing to make this salad. I called the hotline and confirmed that the dressing is gluten free. Depending on which dressing you use to make this salad will determine if this dish is gluten free or not for you.