I love a good “salad” or a hearty side dish. This happens to be both. My mom got this recipe from Taste of Home magazine many years ago. Oddly enough, you can’t find it on their website now. It is the perfect compliment to most BBQ’s and always a crowd pleaser. Over the years I have seen variations of this salad at Soup Plantation (aka Sweet Tomatoes) and more recently at Costco. I guarantee homemade will always taste so much better. The dressing is tangy but sweet and paired with the crunchy broccoli, the salty crispy bacon, the sweet raisins and mandarin oranges is simply delicious!
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1 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup sugar
2 T. vinegar
8 cups broccoli florets, raw
1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained
½ cup red onion, diced fine
8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
½ cup raisins
In a small bowl, whisk mayo, sugar and vinegar. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
In a large bowl, combine broccoli, oranges, onion, bacon and raisins. Add dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.