In hosting our first BBQ in years I was struggling with what to make for side dishes. We had the traditional hot dogs and hamburgers and chips and dips but I wanted some healthier side options. I thought back to BBQ’s that my parents used to host when I was growing up and I recalled broccoli salad being a staple. I knew it would be the perfect side dish BUT I also knew I needed to make it healthier as my mom’s wasn’t exactly a healthy version.
I decided to swap out full mayonnaise with light and used splenda instead of sugar. Also, instead of slaving over the stove cooking bacon I used the ready to serve Real Bacon Bits from the salad aisle.
The salad was a big hit, my brother-in-law who is a big steak and potatoes kind of guy kept saying how much he liked it and was shocked that I made it with splenda!
I don’t have an exact recipe as I was going off of memory so you can play with the measurements to get the exact sweetness/flavor you are looking for.
- Two bags (about six cups) of pre-cut broccoli (found near the bagged salads in your produce section)
- One large red onion diced
- Two 3oz bags of Real Bacon Bits from the salad dressing aisle
- 1/2 cup raisins
- One cup light mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup Splenda brown sugar (more or less depending on how sweet you want it)
- 2 TBSP white vinegar
Mix all salad ingredients in a large bowl. About 2-4 hours before whip dressing together and mix into salad ingredients. The earlier you mix the dressing in the softer the broccoli will get.
Unfortunately my camera ate the finished product photo
Anyway, if you make this I hope you enjoy! We are planning a BBQ for the 4th and this along with the Strawberry Lemon Bars will be added to the menu!