Banshee Broccoli Salad

In the town of Chestertown, Maryland – where my family lives – there used to be an Amish co-op where we’d go to purchase cheeses, deli meats, yummy breads (before I went gluten free) and some of the best side dishes you could find in three counties. A summer BBQ with the family wasn’t complete until we had at least two of their famous side salads on the table.

These days, I live in Wellington, New Zealand and haven’t had a chance to get home for a holiday in the last two years, much less a summertime get-together. During the holiday season, as I enjoyed some much needed downtime with my husband, and this included binge watching some TV Shows we’ve been recording. One of the shows we’re finding mildly amusing is called “Banshee” and the storyline involves an Amish community in rural Pennsylvania. This brought up some questions from my Kiwi-hubs, as well as my own memories of yummy days-gone-by.

This side dish is my own ode to those lazy days of summer spent on the Chester River with the family. It’s gluten free, healthy, and is the perfect companion to just about any meal.

Hope you like it. We did!


Banshee Broccoli Salad

  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 1/2 yellow onion (sautéed)
  • 1/2 apple (chopped)
  • 3 medium-thick slices chopped ham (cooked then let to cool) – I used a ham from Cameron Harrison Butchers here in Wellington
  • 1/2 c sour cream (regular or lite)
  • 1/2 c mayo (regular or lite)
  • sugar to taste



Chop ham and onion first and put in a pan with some EVOO and sautée lightly. While this is cooking, chop broccoli and apple, mix together. In a separate bowl, whisk sour cream, mayo and sugar. Once onions are translucent and ham has browned, place on a paper towel to drain an extra oil. Wait for ham and onion to cool then combine all ingredients. Refrigerate immediately.

***This dish is best served after chilling in the fridge for an hour or two.