New England Style Broccoli Salad

My mother in law made a broccoli salad for the 4th of July cookout this year and I had forgotten about how much I used to enjoy them.

I had a bunch of broccoli and cauliflower I needed to use up last week and after looking up a few recipes and making a few of my own modifications I came up with a wonderful new take on an old traditional favorite.

My New England Style Broccoli Salad has maple syrup and craisins!  YUM!  It adds a whole new texture and taste that I just love.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

2 cups cauliflower florets
2 cups broccoli florets
1/4 cup craisins
1/4 cup pecan halves
1/3 cup diced colby jack cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked, cooled and crumbled
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp. yellow mustard
Salt and pepper to taste

1.  In a medium bowl mix together broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, craisins, pecan halves, cheese and bacon.

2.  In a separate bowl whisk together mayonnaise, non fat yogurt, syrup and mustard then pour gradually over the broccoli mixture.  I don't usually use the whole bowl of dressing since I prefer a lighter coating.

I did save the leftover and it makes a wonderful dressing for any salad.  
It is ready to eat right away but I often make it in the morning and let it sit for a bit in the fridge so all the flavors can meld and I think the broccoli and cauliflower soften up a bit that way too.

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  1. Oh YUM!! I make one similar but oh how I love your addition of Colby Jack and maple syrup! This looks delicious!!

  2. Similar to my recipe and I like the addtion of Colby Jack and maple syrup!

  3. My mom & brother love this recipe :)
    Thanks for sharing at the party - hope to see you at this week's party:
    Its still & growing all week :)...

    1. I hadn't had it in years and honestly didn't like it when I was younger but I just LOVED it this year.

  4. This does look nice and tasty. Not tried a salad like this before but would love too :)

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays :)

    1. I had it once when I was a kid and really did not like it but I decided to try it again this year as an adult and just LOVED it.


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