When planning a barbecue party, there’s several things to consider. What meats will you cook? What booze will be available? Who’s going to go on that last minute ice run? Who will be in charge of driving your most inebriated guest home? All of these are very important factors to incorporate into your planning.
But maybe the hardest thing to figure out is what side dishes can you prepare that people will actually eat? If the offered side dishes are boring or unappetizing, you’ll end up with a ton of leftovers at the end of the night.
What you want is to find a recipe that’s colorful, tasty, and immediately going to inspire your guests to try it. Bonus points when it’s something you can make a head of time to not be rushing around at the last minute!
We have just the thing! We’ve made it several times already and people have raved over it. Seriously, I watched a grown man eat FOUR plates of this salad, not to mention our children gobble it up too. We expect you’ll have success as well!
Broccoli is often maligned, but with the addition of sweet carrots and raisins, it’s natural sweetness is enhanced and any bitterness is completely eliminated. The almonds add a nice crunch and creamy mayonnaise (“It’s good for you!“) will ensure that this is a definite crowd pleaser!
- 4 C broccoli, chopped
- 1 carrot, julienned
- 1/2 lb bacon, chopped
- 3/4 C mayonnaise
- 1/2 C raisins
- 1/2 C sliced almonds
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Fry your bacon until crispy in a frying pan over medium heat. Transfer to a towel lined plate to drain excess fat.
- In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients until well combined. I often toss by hand with slaws, but spatulas will also do the job.
- Refrigerate for at least one hour. The longer you wait, the softer your broccoli will become!
- Serve as a side dish at your next cookout!
Make sure to make this ahead of time, it we recommend either the night before or the morning before your party. It gets better with a bit of time!
For good mayo: we have recipes to make your own mayonnaise in all of our cookbooks, or else we recommend Chosen Foods or Primal Kitchen brands. Avocado oil is always the best for high quality non-hydrogenated mayo!
Give a this broccoli slaw a try for your next party and prove to people how great these little green trees can be!