My Grandmas’ Broccoli Salad

‘When someone you love becomes a memory-the memory becomes a treasure’

20160527_163120577_iOSI can hear her voice now, “The ladies church luncheon is tomorrow and they want me to bring broccoli salad, AGAIN”.  I could tell that she really wanted to make something new and different but as always she would show up with the broccoli salad.  Truthfully, I think one of the reasons she wanted to bring something else was because of her arthritis and it was probably hard for her to do all of the chopping that it required, but she did it anyway.  As I was looking through my recipe file today I saw her handwriting and remembered her telling me that story.  I noticed that the recipe has raisins in it.  She always had raisins on hand (the golden ones) and always had some soaking in gin in a tiny dish on the counter-said it was good for her arthritis.  I never believed that story.  Curiosity killed the cat-looked it up.  It’s legit.

BroccoliCheeseSoup2Before she moved into assisted living we would speak on the phone almost every morning and talk about anything and everything.  She passed away in 2012 at the age of 96.

I am not a huge fan of broccoli unless it is cooked into a mushy consistency and then I really only like the floret part.  Oh….unless broccoli cheese soup counts and then I will take a second helping pleeeeease!!



  • 1 bunch broccoli, chopped, small stems slice and chop
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 4 slices bacon, crisp and crumbled
  • sliced almonds or pecans




  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Use about half of dressing or as desired



Have a wonderful, wonderful day….Hug your Grandma! 🙂

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