Everyone has their own version of broccoli salad. Some people like cashews in theirs (not an option for me anyway), others like sunflower seeds, red onion, slivered almonds, tomatoes, grapes, raisins . . . the list goes on and on and on (just look at Pinterest if you don't believe me). This is how I like it though and I think it's the best. It's my sister's recipe and our tastes are pretty similar so I may be biased . . . nah, it's really just the best though I speculate some shelled sunflower seeds wouldn't be too bad in there to add a salty bite. Let me know if you try that!
2 green onions, sliced
3/4 pound Monterey Jack cheese, grated
2 small cans (5ish ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 (or more) cup real bacon bits*
8 ounces dried cranberries
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons white vinegar
Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until well combined.
Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Mix dressing together and pour over salad. Stir to combine and refrigerate until ready to serve (best eaten within a few hours).
*I'm usually anti-bacon bits but I've tried this recipe using real crumbled bacon and it gets soggy really fast. If you use real bacon bits (and not that weird red chunk dust) you get really tasty results.