A Not-So-Offensive Broccoli


Broccoli, baby! It’s good for you … granted, probably more so when it’s served all by itself, but where’s the enjoyment in that?!

By adding some fried bacon and a sugary mayo dressing, you can change a plain, but healthy vegetable into an appealing, but somewhat fattening salad.

So, what do you say?! Let’s dress it up and gratify our appetites, shall we?

                                                                                                                      Broccoli Salad
Serves 9

2 heads fresh broccoli
1 red onion
½ lb. bacon
¾ cup raisins
¾ cup sliced almonds
1 cup mayonnaise
½ cup white sugar
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar


Fry bacon over medium heat until crisp. Cool and crumble.

Trim off the large leaves from the broccoli stem. Remove the tough stalk at the end and wash the broccoli heads thoroughly. Cut the heads into flowerets and the stems into bite-sized pieces.

Thinly slice the red onion and cut into bite-sized pieces.

Combine with broccoli, onions, raisins, and sliced almonds and mix well.

Mix the mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar together until smooth. Stir into the salad, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Food for ThoughtFOOD FOR THOUGHT

Many would agree that adding other ingredients like bacon, mayo and sugar to a bunch of plain broccoli is a great way to make the broccoli more appealing. It becomes tastier and not as offensive to the senses of those who generally dislike broccoli, and really helps the food go down a lot easier!

Dressing up a plain, healthy vegetable to make it more palatable and pleasing to our appetites is one thing … but it is never something we want to do when it comes to the Word of God. God’s Word is enough. It is eternal – ever new, ever sure. If we add, change, or remove portions of God’s Word to make it “more palatable” and “less offensive” to the ones we are “serving”, we’ll likely be held accountable for feeding them an unhealthy and potentially deadly entree. I, for one, do not want to be responsible for contributing to the eternal death of anyone because I served them a tainted Gospel! “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5-6)

Saints, it’s eternally imperative to us and to others that we always share the Gospel without compromise! Our interference, whatever the motive, can have deadly consequences … but serve up life-giving, undefiled Truth, and watch dry bones come alive!

— Cheri Henderson