Mar 1, 2009

One of the Best Salads in the World EVER!!

I love a good salad!
Whenever I get a chance to visit my mother and sister in Houston, we go to a great salad bar restaurant called Sweet Tomato.

They have everything you could ever dream of putting on a salad!
But they also have some prepared salads.
This one is my favorite of all time!
Even the kids love it!
There is the crunch of the broccoli, combined with sweetness from the dressing and plump raisins....
Combined with cashews and some crumbled bacon.

I do not usually enjoy raw broccoli, but I can eat this salad by the feedbag full!

Dana's Best Broccoli Salad In The World EVER!
(inspired by Sweet Tomato)

  • 3-4 heads worth of broccoli florets , cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, diced finely
  • 3/4 cup salted cashew halves, broken
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 6 slices bacon, crisp-cooked & crumbled
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (or 1/2 cup mayo & 1/2 cup plain yogurt)
  • 5 Tablespoons vinegar (I like salad vinegar)
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • Dash of freshly ground black pepper
Directions -
  1. Combine all the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  3. Pour dressing over salad, mix to coat.
  4. Refrigerate for a few hours to develop flavors. It's best when made the day before!
  5. Enjoy!!
**TIP** Kimmie emailed a wonderful suggestion for those unable to eat nuts.
Substitute water chestnuts for the cashews! YUMMM!
Thanks, Kimmie!!

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rebel said...

I love that salad. It is one I make and take to most family get togethers. Everybody loves it and I always make a small one to leave at home because I never bring any leftovers back from the dinners.
I make it just like you do but I have never put any cashews in it. Never even heard of it made with cashews but I bet it is delicious made that way and I am goin' to try it the next time I make it. Thanks.

rebel said...

Oh I just realized. I put grated sharp cheddar cheese in mine. It's good that way too.

Junk Drawer Kathy said...

I love nuts and bacon in a salad! I also like to heat it up a little bit, so it's room temperature. I know that sounds weird, but I find I can taste all the flavors better if it's not very cold. Now I'm hungry!

Pearl said...

oh my goodness - that is my mom's FAVORITE salad at souplantation/sweet tomatoes. i've always wanted to make it for her, and now i'm absolutely ecstatic that i can recreate it! THANK YOU!

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Jennifer said...

Broccoli salad is one of my fav!!! I usually throw in toasted pecans or walnuts vs. the cashews, but I love that idea! Thanks! :D

Mom said...

We have Sweet Tomato here in Georgia, too.

It is a wonderful place to eat.

TheSustainableBackyard said...

OH My Gosh...this looks awesome. Wouldn't you know that it's the middle of the night and there's no open store within 45 miles of I could make and eat right now!


kreations said...

This looks really good. The cashews put it over the top!

Brimful Curiosities said...

Yes, one of my all time favs, too. Who knew broccoli could taste so good?

Anonymous said...

I LOVE that salad at Sweet Tomato. I go whenever I am in southern Florida...

Anonymous said...

I also LOVE the clam chowder. Heck I love that restuarant!!

Anonymous said...

I love this salad also, so pretty!

Marya said...

I love broccoli salad but never tried it with nuts. I will definitely check this one out!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dana! I'm so glad I found your recipe for this salad when I was looking! It is awesome! I must confess that I changed it a little, I used turkey bacon, and I also used Splenda instead of sugar. It tasted soooo good! Thank you so much, I was craving, and this totally hit the spot!!

Nomad Toes said...

I made this recipe for guests and it was excellent. I divided the batch in half, one to be vegetarian and one regular. In the veggie I used bacos. For both I used 1/2 cup miracle whip and 1/2 cup plan greek yogurt, and other ingredients. For the vinager I used balsamic because thats what I had. It is really excellent, and I am excited to get to the leftovers.

Oh, and incidentally, I do not like raw broccoli at all, but liked this very much.

Mrsblocko said...

I made this recipe and wrote about it here:

Sweet tomatoes has the original recipe posted on the company blog, but I like your recipe better!

Sarah and Jon said...

I just made this recipe. I have been craving it for a few months now, I am currently 6 months pregnant. I certainly safisfied my craving. I used sunflower seeds instead of cashews, white onions instead of red onions (it's what I had on hand), and the pre-cooked bacon that is sold on the shelf.
I will certainly be adding this recipe to one of my regulars and be making it again and again. Thanks for helping make this pregnant girl happy and satifsying my craving!

Anonymous said...

Try it with Craisins.... it is awesome!

Anonymous said...

Just made this recipe .... OMG it is DELICIOUS! The only change I would consider, next time I'll make it with less sugar

Cailean said...

I found this recipe via a Google search and it was AWESOME! I had to take it to a party but really wanted to just eat the whole thing! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I love broccoli salad, and will be making one for Thanksgiving. I wonder how Kraft Mayo with olive oil will work in this instead of regular Mayo?

Anonymous said...

So good. I added some cayenne pepper & left out the onions. Delicious!!

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Anonymous said...

I made this salad for a family picnic and now need to bring it to every party it's great!

joie said...

delicious! I love this salad. Great recipe. The only change I made was BRIEFLY steaming the broccoli and then allowing to cool first. I'm not a fan of raw broccoli. It greens it up and makes it more tender.

Gina said...

I made this salad for a friend's go-away party, it was a great hit :) I added cherry tomatoes, sunflower seeds and a hand-ful of dried cranberries...yum, yum. A friend already ask me for the recipe. It's one of my favorite salad. Thank you for sharing, Dana!

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