For a long time the only way Joe would eat brocolli was cooked with lots of cheese sauce. I mean so much cheese sauce that you would need to look for the lonely floret of brocolli swimming in the sauce. After MANY years and recipes Joe conceded that brocolli was an ok vegetable and he would eat it most ways I prepared it. Then one day I found a recipe in a farm magazine for a brocolli salad that had bacon as an ingredient. As far as Joe is concerned bacon is one of the main food groups. So, I tried the recipe and Joe loved it. This is now a standard recipe for my guys lunches during fall field work, as well as for picnics and potlucks.
Here is the recipe as printed in the Iowa Farmer Today years ago. I have made several modifications to this recipe to fit Joes likings and those appear after the official recipe.
1 bunch brocolli
1 head cauliflower
1/2 cup green onions chopped
1/2 cup raisins
10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 T sugar
1 cup mayonnaise
Chop brocolli and cauliflower into small pieces. In a small bowl, combine mayo, vinegar and sugar. Pour over veggies. Fold in remaining ingredients. Best if refrigerated over night.