You Get Asked to Bring the Picnic Salad

April 3, 2009 by

You get an invite from a friend.  You're invited to her let's kick off the Spring picnic.

Everyone is supposed to bring something. 

You've been assigned the picnic salad.

What will you bring!?

Now you may think to yourself,  "but it's only the picnic salad.  It's not like the main course or dessert."

But you couldn't be more wrong.  The picnic salad stands out above everything else.  It's STARTS the meal, and if you do it right can have more taste and flavor, and be more memorable than those 'plain jane' burgers and hot dogs your host will be grilling up. 

This is your moment to bring the picnic item that will be most talked about, most remembered, and most requested for future picnics, and quite possibly could save the picnic in the event of a grilling mishap involving a slightly intoxicated grill master, too much lighter fluid, and some missing eyebrows.

This picnic salad will be adored by fellow guests, the guys and gals will equally love it.  (That's correct guys, it has bacon.)  The broccoli base gives you something a little different than your typical salad, the combination of salty and sweet is perfectly blended, and the crunchy finish ties the perfect little bow on this wonderful package of flavors.

So go ahead and RSVP yes, and let the host know that you have the perfect recipe for a picnic salad. 

Until our next meal,


Broccoli Salad With Bacon and Sunflower Seeds

The Perfect Picnic Salad

The Perfect Picnic Salad


  • 10 Slices of Bacon
  • 1 Head Fresh Broccoli, Cut Into Pieces
  • 1/4 Cup Red Onions, Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Golden Raisins
  • 3 Tbs White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tbs White Sugar
  • 1 Cup Light Mayonnaise
  • 1 Cup Sunflower Seeds


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium high heat until evenly brown.  Drain, crumble and set aside.  (Shortcut: Cook in the microwave on a plate with five paper towels underneath and five on top for about 3-4 minutes, or until bacon is cooked through.)
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the broccoli, onion and raisins.  In a container with a tight lid, add the vinegar, sugar and mayonnaise, seal, and then shake until the ingredients are blended.  Pour over the broccoli mixture, and toss until well mixed.  Refrigerate for at least two hours.  (This salad only gets better with time!)
  3. Before serving, toss salad with crumbled bacon and sunflower seeds.
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