As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Salad On Tuesday: Week 8 {Broccoli Salad à l'Orange}

Do you like to take something to contribute when you are invited out to dinner?  I do.  I like to feel as if I have been of some help to the hostess, so if she doesn't ask me to bring something, I usually offer.  (Of course, some hostesses like to prepare everything and that is okay too.)    

This week, I had volunteered to bring a side dish for the Sunday afternoon meal at our friends' house.  Inspired by a bagged salad mix I had purchased that had an orange flavored dressing, I decided to tweak my own broccoli salad recipe.  I substituted dried cranberries for the usual raisins, and added some orange marmalade to give the salad a punch of citrus.  (I doubled the recipe to serve a crowd, but the recipe below is for approximately six servings.)

  • 1 bunch of broccoli (about1 lb.)
  • 1/3 cup real bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup whipped salad dressing (or mayo)
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade 

  1. Cut florets off broccoli stalks and cut into small pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, combine broccoli florets, bacon bits, onion, cheese, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds.
  3. Whisk together salad dressing, vinegar, and marmalade.  
  4. Pour dressing over broccoli mixture and stir until all ingredients are coated. 

Do you have a go-to dish that you make when asked to contribute?  Or do you take a risk and try something new?  ~smile~ 

Looking for a recipe from another week?


  1. Ohhhh, I love broccoli in a salad. This just sounds so delicious. I'll have to give it a try.

  2. Thanks Cheryl for bringing this salad to our Sunday get together. It was delicious. I love salads and this will definitely be a keeper!

  3. This does sound great! I always need side dishes, thanks for posting this.

    The Chicken BLT salad and dressing was a HUGE hit around here! Thanks for doing this series!


  4. Cheryl, this looks sooooo wonderful. I love broccoli salad and wish I had a dish full right in front of me this very moment! The addition of the orange marmalade sounds yummy. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.


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