Growing up, before adopting a plant based diet, I have childhood memories of my mother making a broccoli, cranberry and bacon salad that was “to die for.” I am sure it was the only way my mom got my sister and I to eat anything green by masking it with bacon.
As a matter of fact, bacon seems to be one of the food items vegans miss the most when changing their diets. So, why not make bacon from plants? Honestly, I can ‘veganize’ anything if challenged accordingly.
In hindsight, I actually think my vegan version of Broccoli salad is a much tastier version, and much healthier as well. I know mom would definitely approve. In fact, she requests this salad every time she visits.
Although this salad can easily be an entree, I often serve it on the side, or bring it to a party. And, I never tell the meat-eaters of the group it is vegan. Despite the healthy ingredients, my salad is always the first to disappear.