Two of the most common questions we hear are:
Can I get the recipe for Joan’s Broccoli Madness? And Is Joan a real person?
The answer to both is YES!
A little background. My name is Joan Scharff and I am the executive director of brand and menu strategy for GFR. As part of my job (and what we’ve put together in my 19 years with GFR), we love creating new recipes to bring to our Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes restaurants.
The recipe for Joan’s Broccoli Madness is one I had from a friend and brought to GFR six years ago. I played around with the ingredients a bit to incorporate my own style and after adding it to our menu, Joan’s Broccoli Madness quickly became a guest favorite.
We’ve kept it in the restaurant ever since and just recently, we’ve started selling Joan’s Broccoli Madness kits in select warehouse stores on the West Coast (and hopefully soon nationwide).
We rarely make this recipe public, but right before Super Bowl we thought it’d make a great side dish for the big game!
Here’s the recipe…
1 bunch uncooked broccoli*
½ cup crumbled cooked bacon
½ cup cashews
1/3 cup raisins
¼ cup chopped red onions
1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Mix the first five ingredients in a large bowl.
In a second bowl, beat dressing ingredients together gently until smooth.
Toss the salad with the dressing approximately 10 minutes before serving to allow flavors to meld. Serve on chilled salad dishes.
*The broccoli is a loose guideline: often people have to make it a few times before they get it just the way they like it.