Sometimes I get nostalgic for the potluck favorites around when I was a kid. Jello made creamy with cool whip and suspended canned fruit, taco salad with crushed Doritos and tooth-achingly sweet broccoli salad studded with raisins and sunflower seeds. Granted, the broccoli salad isn’t processed like the other two, but that dressing was so sweet! My taste buds have grown up, but I still remember the happy memories of eating with friends from paper plates with our hair soaked from the pool and beach towels wrapped tightly around our bodies. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a pool party where those old-school dishes were served, but today I’m going to honor the broccoli salad by giving it a 2014 makeover.
I subbed hearty kale for the broccoli because honestly, it’s easier to prep and easier to eat. I went from memory on the dressing components and subbed in a bit of honey for the huge dose of sugar that’s usually added to the dressing. That touch of honey plus the sweetness from the raisins makes this kale slaw perfectly sweet and pleasantly tangy. Marc ate it like crazy and I have a feeling your friends and family will, too. It’s a sneaky way to get the people you love to eat lots and lots of kale. I’ve included some substitution suggestions in the recipe notes to easily make this vegan, mayo-free or raisin-free.
Ok, now I want to know. What were your favorite nostalgic potluck dishes from when you were a kid? Do you still make them or have you given them a Cher and Dionne-style makeover?