Broccoli Salad


Posted by Robin

Our aunt Kathleen never failed to bring this anytime we were having a salad supper at Grandma’s house, and we never failed to devour it. Even as small children. And the main ingredient is broccoli.  Enough said. 🙂

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of bacon, crumbled into very small pieces (homemade bacon bits)
  • 4 cups of small florets of broccoli (fresh – about 2 sm. heads)
  • 3/4 c. sharp cheddar, shredded (don’t get the finely shredded cheese, as pieces won’t be substantive enough to taste well in the mix)*
  • ¼- ½ large red onion, diced (depending on preference – I do ½ c.)

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. Miracle Whip*
  • 1 1/2 T. sugar
  • 2 T. white vinegar 
  • A dash of salt

*For the WW version if this recipe, use Miracle Whip Light and low fat cheddar. All other ingredients and quantities are the same.


Cook bacon until nice and crispy; drain, cool, and crumble.

In a large bowl, combine broccoli florets, cheddar, red onion, and bacon. Set aside.

To make dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together Miracle whip, sugar, vinegar, and salt until sugar is dissolved well, and it’s evenly combined.

Pour dressing over salad and gently toss to coat salad evenly.

WW Freestyle Info.: Makes about 1 pound of salad – about 10 half-cup servings, 2 points per serving.

Ramen Noodle Salad

My boys were fortunate enough to go to daycare in the home of a wonderful woman.  Brenda taught them how to tie their shoes and to love foods they wouldn’t otherwise have tried.  If only she could have taught them to take long naps…but, alas, no one could manage that.  One of those foods was what the boys referred to as Ramen Noodle Salad. It’s now a favorite at picnics and family gatherings. ~Tracy

Ramen Noodle Salad Pic 2Ingredients for Salad:

  • 1 bag cole slaw mix
  • 3 to 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 T. shelled sunflower seeds or toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 pkg. beef Ramen noodles (seasoning and noodles are used separately)

Ingredients for Dressing:

  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • seasoning packet from beef Ramen noodles
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 3 T. white vinegar
  • ½ c. vegetable oil


Pour cole slaw mix into large mixing bowl.  Add onions and sunflower/sesame seeds. Stir to combine.

In small bowl or a large measuring cup, combine the seasoning packet from the noodles, salt, pepper, sugar, vinegar, and oil.  Mix well.  An easy way to perform this step is to place all of the dressing ingredients into a mason jar; seal it tightly and shake well.

Pour the dressing over the cole slaw mixture and stir to combine.

Crush the dry Ramen noodles into small pieces.  Sprinkle crushed noodles* over the slaw mixture and gently fold them in so they’re mixed throughout but not pulverized — you’ll want them to remain intact for the crunch factor.

*If preparing ahead of time, be sure to avoid soggy noodles by adding them to the salad right before serving.