This salad only takes a few minutes to prepare and is a nice change from salads made with lettuce. Makes a tasty lunch for school or work.
5 cups broccoli flowerets
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 cup shredded old cheddar cheese
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 tsp sesame seeds
1/4 cup real bacon bits
1 cup light mayo (or mayo-style dressing)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsps red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Put large flowerets of broccoli in pot and bring to a boil. Cook about 6 minutes. You want your broccoli crisp. Rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process. Cut into bite-size flowerets.
While broccoli is cooking, combine the ingredients for the dressing.
About 1 hour before serving combine salad and dressing, refrigerate.
When ready to serve toss in pine nuts, sesame seeds and bacon bits. Even good the next day....the cranberries get softer, but the pine nuts don't.
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