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Praline Bacon and Broccoli Salad with Raisins

This colorful dish takes the classic Broccoli Bacon Salad to a whole new level with sweet candied bacon, golden raisins and a healthy creamy dressing.

  • Author: by Serena Ball, RD
  • Yield: 6 servings - or about 8-10 potluck servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 3/4 cup golden California Raisins, divided
  • 1 bunch fresh broccoli, trimmed into florets (or 1012 ounce bag) and chopped/peeled pieces of stem
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup whipped salad dressing or mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 34 slices of Brown Sugar Praline Bacon, chopped
  • BROWN SUGAR PRALINE BACON Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard – or if you have time: Mustard seeds freshly crushed in mortar & pestle
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 pieces thicker-cut bacon – center cut if possible

Instructions

  1. About 30 minutes (or the day before,) prepare Brown Sugar Praline Bacon using recipe below.
  2. Place 1/4 cup raisins in a small bowl; pour 1/2 cup boiling water over raisins and place a small plate on top. Let soften for 15 minutes.
  3. In a large pot, bring enough water to cover broccoli to a rolling boil. Dump in broccoli and let blanch for just 1 minute total. (No need to wait for water to come back to a boil.) Immediately remove broccoli to a large serving bowl; set aside.
  4. Place softened raisins, and 1 tablespoon of the raisin soaking liquid in a small food processor or blender along with lemon juice; puree. Add salad dressing and salt; pulse to combine.
  5. To bowl of broccoli, add bell pepper and Praline Bacon. Pour dressing over salad; toss gently to combine.
  6. BROWN SUGAR PRALINE BACON
  7. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a 2-piece roasting pan (tray on top with holes, drip pan below) heavily with cooking spray (to avoid messy clean-up); set aside
  8. Combine all ingredients except bacon on large dinner plate. Dip and press each slice of bacon in sugar mixture on both sides. Lay bacon strips on prepared roasting pan. Sprinkle additional sugar mixture over bacon slices in pan.
  9. Roast bacon until fat begins to melt, about 6 minutes. Rotate pan front-to-back and continue roasting until bacon is desired doneness, about 8 to 10 minutes depending on if you want chewy or crisp bacon. Remove, cool.

Notes

Brown Sugar Praline Bacon adapted from this recipe via this Wisconsin Cheese Council