3 1 pound (500g) stalks fresh broccoli (total weight about 3 lbs or 1.5 kg)
1 medium red or purple onion
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c shelled, roasted, salted sunflower seeds (graines de tournesol)
1 lb (450 g) bacon (tranches de poitrine fumee)
1 1/2 c mayonnaise (sans moutarde or without mustard)
1/2 c cider vinegar
1/2 c sugar
Rinse broccoli. Remove florets from large stems and discard stems. Separate or chop florets into small sprigs. You should have about 6 cups of broccoli pieces. Place broccoli pieces at the bottom layer in a large salad bowl. Chop onion. Layer over broccoli but do not mix. Add layers of raisins and sunflower seeds. Cut bacon into small pieces, fry until crisp, drain. When cool, layer over other ingredients. Make dressing by combining mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar. Pour over layered ingredients. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 3 hours until ready to serve. Just before serving, stir layered salad to mix all ingredients together.
The ingredients for this salad can be prepared the day before and stored in the fridge in individual Ziploc bags or containers. At least an hour before serving, layer the ingredients and pour the dressing over the top and stir together just before serving.
Some notes for making the salad in France-
I was unable to find the shelled, roasted sunflower seeds in any local French or Swiss stores. I was able to find raw, unroasted seeds with no shells in the produce sections at Carrefour and Leclerc. They are sold prepackaged in 200 g bags, found with other prepackaged nuts as Seeberger Feine Spezialitaten, Sonnenblumenkerne. Graines de Tournesol, Sunflower Seeds. To roast, spread in a single layer on parchment paper on a cookie sheet or large baking pan, and bake at 300 F (150 C) for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring once, until toasted light golden brown.
Use any brand of mayonnaise as long as you can get it without mustard. I was able to find this at Carrefour on the first try. Brand there is Lesieur, Sans Moutarde. For bacon, use the sliced Poitrine Fumee found at Carrefour, 2 different brands, be sure you buy fumee (smoked) not natural. It comes in 200g packages (2 100g). I used 200g packages, total weight 400g, which is close enough to a pound of bacon. Do not use the lardons as they are too thick, do not have the same taste (even the smoked taste more like ham), and do not crisp up properly for this salad.
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