Broccoli Delight Salad

Broccoli in a salad

Served in a glass bowl, this broccoli salad is not only pretty but delicious as well.  Sunflower seeds, red onion, raisins, and bacon with broccoli and a sweet-sour sauce will make you wish for more. You can add cauliflower and pumpkin seeds if you’d like as well.

Years ago (over thirty) my husband managed a farmer’s market cooperative. That was back in the day when government subsidy for tobacco was on its way out.

Farmers were looking for a labor-intensive crop to supplement their income. Broccoli won the draw. During the years of Southside Virginia Produce Cooperative’s existence, recipe contests were held locally, specifically featuring broccoli and cantaloupe, the two crops grown at that time.broccoli

Cooking with broccoli

Because my husband was the manager, I found family-friendly broccoli recipes. I scoured magazines for recipes. This is one of those recipes from thirty-three years ago.

In one of the contests, I entered this dish and took first place.  You’ll understand why when you try a sample.


Over the years, I’ve adapted it somewhat. The original recipe didn’t call for cauliflower, but I add it occasionally.  On the day this photo was taken, I was out of sunflower seeds, so my neighbor brought some pumpkin seeds, and we liked it just the same.

Sometimes I put the salad ingredients together and the dressing in a separate container a day or two ahead. When I’m ready to serve, it only takes a minute to stir the two together.

It’s still a family favorite (for those of us who like onions, anyhow.) I’m certain it will become a favorite for your family as well.

Broccoli Delight Salad

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These ingredients can be gotten ready a day or two ahead. Assemble your ingredients and add your dressing, and it's ready to go.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6 -8


  • Broccoli - 1 large bunch fresh broccoli cut in pieces (4-5 cups)
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds Or pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 10 strips bacon fried and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 3-4 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1/2 cup creamy salad dressing or lite mayonnaise


  • Cut and wash broccoli and put pieces in a bowl
  • Add raisins, onion, bacon and sunflower seeds
  • Mix dressing ingredients together until smooth
  • Pour dressing over salad
  • Stir together

You  know how you have favorite recipes you use for years and then forget about them? That’s what happened with this one. It’s time to resurrect this post from almost five years ago, so here it is.

Grandpa’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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oatmeal raisinGrandpa’s oatmeal raisin cookies.

Grandpa kept a tidy house and lived by himself for thirty-some years after Grandma died.  I only knew his place as Grandpa’s place, because my grandmother died years before I was born. He kept his place neat, tidy, and in order. There were not a lot of toys at his house, but we had fun playing with the spools and the colored blocks he kept on the bottom shelf of the library table.

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Sometimes we went to his house for Sunday dinner after church. I remember that Mama helped in the kitchen, but I have no idea how much of the meal he did by himself.

He did, however, make cookies like these. When I taste these, I am back in his kitchen on the farm in Elk Lick Township, Pennsylvania, where we’d listen to the clip-clop of horses’ hooves as they came by the house carrying their Amish owners home from church. I was always intrigued that the barn at the Amish church was larger than the church building itself.oatmeal raisin  That’s because winter weather required the horses to have a place to be inside.

The Cookie Recipe

My sister Alice put this recipe in our Second Batch cookbook. She agrees with me when she says, “These cookies remind me the most of the cookies that I remember Grandpa Bender making. Loved them as a child, love them now.”

I’ve been keeping a jar filledoatmeal raisin with these cookies on the kitchen counter at my house. Dave doesn’t care for chocolate, but  he loves these cookies.


Here is the recipe for these oatmeal raisin cookies.

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Grandpa's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Oatmeal with raisin and a few spices are great for autumn baking - but they're good any time of the year with a glass of milk!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 dozen


  • 2 cups shortening I use butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 5 1/2 cups minute oatmeal I use regular unless I have minute oatmeal
  • 2 1/2 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup raisins or more - and I use a lot more!
  • 1 cup nuts optional
  • Cinnamon optional I use 1 tsp.


  • Cream shortening and sugars together
  • Add eggs. Mix well.
  • Add dry ingredients, then stir in raisins.
  • Drop on greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes


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Oatmeal Cookies

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I pulled out this recipe a few weeks ago and made it (with the help of some foster kids living with us). I forgot how good these cookies are. It looks like I’ll be making these more often, for Dave comes in and grabs a half dozen every time he heads out the door.

It’s pretty simple. Beat your butter (or margarine) and sugars together, then add the eggs, one at a time. While all that is happening, put the dry ingredients into a large measuring bowl and then add the mixture. Finally, add raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, and/or coconut if you’d like.  I’m sure butterscotch chips or some other addition would work well also.

One of the things to consider is the type of oatmeal you use. The instant or one-minute oatmeal might use less flour in the recipe. As it is, you can test a cookie or two to see if you should add more flour. It’s better to take your time and get them right to start with than to wish you had added more flour in the beginning.

This recipe was clipped from a magazine over twenty years ago, and the credit goes to Renee Hawkley who has more kids than I do. She was one of my favorite writers in the Welcome Home! magazine that is no longer being printed.

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Oatmeal Cookies

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These oatmeal cookies with raisins are fun to make and to eat! A simple recipe that can be put together in just a few minutes and enjoyed for hours.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 24 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 dozen


  • 2 cups shortening I use butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar yes, you can decrease it
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon I use 1 1/2-2
  • 5-6 cups flour divided
  • 6 cups oats
  • Add Optional: raisins chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, and/or coconut


  • Cream shortening and sugars together until light in color
  • Add 4 eggs, one at a time. Mix well
  • Add vanilla
  • Mix together soda, salt, cinnamon, 3 cups flour, and oats
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients
  • Add raisins, chips, etc. as you desire
  • Add more flour until the texture is right.
  • (Bake 1-2 cookies to check texture and to eat one while you're waiting)
  • Drop by teaspoonful onto greased cookie sheet
  • Bake at 350 for 10-14 minutes

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