Chopped Broccoli Salad

Chopped broccoli, red onions, sunflower seeds and raisins tossed in a tangy dressing. Yum! This is a favorite in our home. However, I’ve never enjoyed the cold, congealed pieces of bacon. I’ve tried different solutions, but somehow the bacon always ended up the same - unappetizing. In frustration I wondered what I could use in its place that would provide the salty, full-bodied taste. The answer? GORGONZOLA CHEESE! You may think you don't like this cheese or that it is too strong. When Gorgonzola cheese is in fine crumbles and then added it sort of melts into the other ingredients and you don't even notice that it is Gorgonzola. I have fooled grandchildren and picky adults with this swap. Bonus: when it sits overnight in the fridge, it physically disappears and you are left with the most pleasing salty, natural flavor. Cold bacon does not sit well in my mouth, but Gorgonzola is the bomb. Start with a modest amount and soon you’ll end up using more than you figured because it is so delicious. Other variations you can try: different raisins (golden or regular) or craisins, or currants or dates. Instead of sunflowers seeds, try pumpkin seeds. Use shallots instead of red onions. So many options! The dressing usually consists of mayo with some sugar, salt and apple cider vinegar whisked together. That could be a combination of mayo and plain yogurt or some sour cream or buttermilk. See what needs to be used in the fridge and customize it each time. It's hard to go wrong with this trademark salad.

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