SOAK dates in hot water in small bowl or cup.
TRIM broccoli florets. Optional, but I like the florets to be small and without a lot of stem. I cut the stems off large florets and then cut them into halves or fourths with kitchen shears.
COMBINE dry ingredients (broccoli through raisins) in a large bowl.
BLEND together mayo, softened dates (discard the water they were soakin in), and vinegar in a blender or small food processor.
STIR mayo mixture into dry ingredients.
SERVE cold and store in the fridge.