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Chopped Veggie Salad with Aged Cheddar

Patricia Reitz

broccoli bacon salad
broccoli bacon salad

This is a pretty yummy take on Broccoli Salad. It includes extra sharp Vermont Cheddar; an addition my hubby absolutely loves.

I start by chopping one bunch of broccoli and one head of cauliflower into small pieces. Don't discard those broccoli stalks, you can peel the fibrous outer skin to reveal a tender interior that can also be added to this salad (this is what you find in a bag of broccoli slaw).

See the chopped broccoli stalks (center left), followed by chopped crispy bacon, and diced red onion.

Next, add cubes of extra sharp cheddar cheese. I also threw in small handful of dried cranberries that I had. You could use raisins too.

Time to mix up the yummy dressing. It goes together lickety-split.

Pour the dressing on the veggies, stir, and serve. This is one of those salads that is extremely versatile - you can vary the type of vinegar used, add different veggies, add nuts, add your favorite dried fruits, whatever.

For a more substantial side dish, try adding cubes of grilled ham steak - very yummy.

broccoli and bacon salad
broccoli and bacon salad

Chopped Veggies Salad with Aged Cheddar

1 bunch broccoli, florets chopped

1 head cauliflower, florets chopped

6-8 slices of cooked bacon, chopped

1/2 red onion, chopped fine

1 1/2 cups cubed extra sharp cheddar

Optional ingredients: cubed ham, chopped carrots, chopped cashews, raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, etc.

for the dressing:

4 tablespoons red wine vinegar (or your favorite)

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 cup mayonnaise (can also substitute plain yogurt)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients and pour over the veggies. Stir to combine and serve. Chill leftovers.