Broccoli Salad

Image courtesy of foodnetwork.com

Image courtesy of foodnetwork.com

(Recipe courtesy of
Paula Deen)

(Yield:  6 to 8 servings)

INGREDIENTS:
1 head broccoli
6 to 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
½ cup chopped red onion
½ cup raisins, optional
8 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, cut  into very small chunks
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbs. white vinegar
¼ cup sugar
½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Trim off the large leaves from the broccoli stem.  Remove the tough stalk at the end and wash broccoli head thoroughly.  Cut the head into flowerets and the stem into bite-size pieces.  Place in a large bowl.  Add the crumbled bacon, onion, raisins if using and cheese.  In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring well.  Add to broccoli mixture and toss gently.

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