Salad recipes : Amish Broccoli Salad

You’re right about the importance of timing when adding certain ingredients to salads, like bacon and sunflower seeds. It seems some might have missed this crucial step in the recipe, which can definitely affect the texture and overall enjoyment of the salad.

The key, as you noted and as the recipe instructs, is to add these ingredients just before serving. This ensures they retain their crunch, providing a delightful textural contrast to the other elements of the salad. When bacon and sunflower seeds are added too early, they can become soft due to the moisture from the dressing and other salad ingredients, which compromises their intended crunchiness.

Adding these ingredients at the last minute not only preserves their texture but also enhances the overall balance and flavor of the salad. It’s a small but significant step that can make a big difference in the final outcome of the dish.


2 heads broccoli, chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbs sugar
½ tsp salt
½ cup red onion, diced
½ pound bacon, fried and crumbled
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


In a bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar and salt to make a creamy sauce.
Add broccoli and stir until broccoli is coated EVENLY.
Stir in the bacon, onion and cheese.
Refrigerate until serving.

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