Broccoli raisin salad – Recipe or no recipe?

I was recently denied from a food blog site because I didn’t post enough recipes. So fine, here, have a recipe, pfft. :P

Broccoli Raisin Salad


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Mix together first and let set while you make the rest


  • A head of broccoli (maybe it’ll be 2 cups, maybe it’ll be 4 cups)
  • The half an onion that’s sitting in your fridge (or maybe that small red one you didn’t have plans for yet)
  • The rest of the raisins in the box (about 1/2 cup, if you really want a number)
  • 1/2 cup of almonds…or walnuts…or both….or maybe 3/4 cup if you like nuts…or maybe chop a whole cup ‘cause you’ll likely eat half of them while you’re making this

Mix together. Add dressing. Mix some more. Make more dressing if you think you need it or like it creamier….or don’t. Maybe add some salt. Maybe don’t. Maybe sneak the kids some broccoli while you’re at it ‘cause they’ll think it’s a treat at this point…not a veggie. Put in the fridge until ready to be served. The mayo/sugar dressing gets better with time and nothing in the salad can really get “soggy” with it, so don’t be afraid to let it set for several hours or even overnight. Or eat it now. Whatever.

And that’s why I don’t do many recipes. I don’t *remember* the recipes. I didn’t *follow* the recipe I found online in the first place.

As much as I hated my mother always telling me “until it looks right” (and still do! how do I know what it’s supposed to look like if I’ve never made it before??), that’s how I end up cooking a lot of times. I work with what I have in the fridge or pantry….I adjust to taste a lot….I leave out ingredients (this likely called for bacon or something….and vinegar in the dressing) or add other ingredients.

In the end, if it tastes good, we eat it, and nobody cares if it was supposed to be walnuts instead of almonds or if the recipe called for red onions instead. It just works. But it really doesn’t translate well to publishing a recipe online. :P


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    July 9, 2011

    Best recipe I’ve read in a long time, you had me laughing out loud! It is just how the majority or people make food, I only know one person who follows recip[es to the letter and she is scared of cooking

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    Lexie Lane
    July 9, 2011

    Wow!!! That is some salad!

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    July 9, 2011

    I love the recipe and I love how you tell it!! My grandmother never wrote anything down so my dad has spent years trying to figure out her specialties from taste and look!! So great to find you on VoiceBoks!!

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    Quirky Jessi
    July 10, 2011

    Thanks guys!

    @Rae, no wonder she’s scared of cooking if she can’t even relax on recipes a little bit.

    @Lexie, I joined!

    @Kathy, my great-grandma was the same way. I still have no idea what some of her recipes were because even she didn’t know them really….she just made the stuff and had no idea how much of each ingredient there actually was.

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    April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    July 12, 2011

    This sounds delicious! I love the broccoli, raisin and nut combo – and they are such good for you ingredients too. Thank you so much for sharing this post with The Weekend Roundup.

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