Cooking at Home with Stretching a Buck | Broccoli and Raisin Amazing Side Dish

by Marcy on April 18, 2012 · 1 comment

This post is part of the Cooking at Home with Stretching a Buck series, a series dedicated to helping you save money while cooking at home! This week’s post and recipe comes courtesy of Kate Sorensen – author of the popular blog Coupon Cravings. Be sure to sign up for the FREE Coupon Cravings email newsletter and find Kate’s great deals in your inbox each day!


Having an easy side dish that pleases during the hot summer months is a big plus. This refreshing, light broccoli side dish satisfies adults and kids alike with it’s sweet little surprises tucked within and will become a go-to for your family in no time at all!

Plus, it goes great with anything, a deli sandwich and a steak alike.

For this recipe you’ll need:

1 bunch broccoli

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup diced raw onions

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

4 slices bacon


1/2 cup light mayonnaise

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

**It is easiest to make this side dish with the help of a food processor and is recommended to prepare the night before serving.

First, you’ll want to wash and divide your broccoli. Next, cut the ends off. You know, the dirty ends. You can toss those in the garbage. Next, cut the “trunk” off of each broccoli piece. Cut that into small 2-3 inch pieces. Set in to your food processor and pulse until they are broken in to small pieces. Put these in to a larger bowl that you will use for combining everything once finished. These act as kind of a filler in the side dish.



Next, cut the “trees” off (the pretty broccoli pieces that you’re used to eating with dip). Set these in the food processor and pulse. You’ll want these pieces cut up just a bit. Be careful not to cut them too fine, but not too large, either. Pieces about the size of a dime or nickel is desired. Transfer these pieces to your larger bowl with the cut up “trunks”.


While you are chopping the broccoli in the food processor, heat your bacon to a crisp in the microwave. You will want it crispy, as it will get some liquids in the salad. Next, add the chopped onion, raisins and sunflower seeds to your broccoli mixture.


Next, combine the mayonnaise, red wine vinegar and sugar in a separate bowl. Stir really well to meld flavors.


Chop up the cooked bacon in to small pieces. About the size of a Skittles candy is desired.


Add bacon to broccoli mixture, and mix mayonnaise concoction in with broccoli. Mix up and let sit overnight if possible.



Note from Marcy: Save money on this dish by stocking up on items such as bacon and mayonnaise when they are at their cheapest price. (Sale + Coupon = best price!). Bacon can be frozen, and mayo typically lasts a long time in your pantry. Shop for broccoli when it is in season to snag the best price; stores such as ALDI typically have great prices on fresh produce. I frequently find 3 lb bags of onions at ALDI for less than $0.50. I chop and freeze them to have on hand for recipes such as this one! Learn how to use your freezer to save money here.

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1 Cyndi April 18, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Delish…this was one of my favorites growing up..I might just have to make this over the weekend..

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