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This easy and classic broccoli salad recipe is packed with yummy ingredients all smothered in a creamy dressing to make the perfect side dish.
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  1. Broccoli Salad Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Broccoli Salad Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This delicious broccoli salad is an easy, healthy side dish that brightens up any table. It’s loaded with cranberries, sunflower seeds, almonds, bacon, and a creamy homemade dressing — the perfect flavor combination.

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Broccoli Salad Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 6 cups raw broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup salted sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup bacon bits (real is best)

For the Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHEESE: Cheese is a popular addition to this great salad. Choose sharp cheddar or extra sharp cheddar cheese (¾ cup) and thickly shred or cube it.

VEGGIES: For some added variety, substitute half of your broccoli for other veggies like cauliflower or carrots in this classic side dish.

BACON: This perfect summer salad can use savory bacon bits or crumbled real bacon. Or leave out the bacon to make this recipe completely vegetarian.

How To Make This Broccoli Salad Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

If you are chopping a whole head of broccoli, cut off bite-sized florets. Be sure to trim the stems of the cut florets as well (trim them completely off or leave a small stem). You can also buy store-bought chopped broccoli to save time.

STEP ONE: Place the sliced onions in a small bowl of cold water and let them soak for at least 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Soaking the onions in cold water helps remove some of the raw onion taste. It is optional to do.

STEP TWO: When ready to prepare the salad, drain the onions by placing a paper towel over the dish and invert to let the water run through the paper towel, leaving the onions in the dish.

PRO TIP:

The broccoli in this recipe is completely uncooked and marinates in the dressing to become tender and flavorful. All you need to do is chop it. If you’d prefer to cook your broccoli florets for this salad, you can blanch them for one minute and let them cool before making the salad.

STEP THREE: In a medium bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside.

PRO TIP:

If you love this salad and plan to make it frequently, double or even triple the dressing and store the extras in a mason jar in the fridge for next time.

dressing ingredients whisked together in a bowl

STEP FOUR: In a large bowl, place the salad ingredients.

Broccoli Salad ingredients in a bowl

STEP FIVE: Pour the broccoli salad dressing over the salad and mix well.

dressing poured on top the salad in a bowl

STEP SIX: Refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Then mix again right before serving.

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How To Serve

This cold broccoli salad is the perfect side dish for summer gatherings alongside our grilled chicken and grilled corn on the cob. It will bring a lovely freshness and crunch to your meals.

This easy broccoli salad recipe, along with our strawberry spinach salad and dill pickle pasta salad are dinner-time classics that you’ll want to save and come back to again and again.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: This fresh broccoli salad will last in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, making it a great recipe to make ahead of time for potlucks and parties. The flavors of the broccoli salad get even better over time, and the longer it sits, the more the ingredients mix together.

IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing broccoli salad. All the fresh ingredients will lose their crisp texture and become soggy.

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This crunchy broccoli salad is a light and fresh side dish that’s easy to make and loaded with tasty toppings like cranberries, almonds, crisp bacon, and sunflower seeds plus a tangy dressing.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I store this salad?

This easy recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to two days.

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

This favorite broccoli salad recipe is best made ahead of time so that the ingredients can soak up all the flavors of the delicious dressing.

How do you cut broccoli for this recipe?

If you are chopping a whole head of broccoli, cut off small florets. Be sure to trim the broccoli stem off the florets as well (trim them completely off or leave a small stem). You can also buy chopped broccoli at the grocery store to save time.

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Broccoli Salad

5 from 3 votes
This easy and classic broccoli salad recipe is packed with yummy ingredients all smothered in a creamy dressing to make the perfect side dish.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

For the Salad

  • 6 cups broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup salted sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup bacon bits, or crumbled real bacon

For the Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place the sliced onions in a small dish of cold water and let them soak at least 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. When ready to prepare the salad drain the onions.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, place the salad ingredients.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well.
  • Refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Then mix again right before serving.

Notes

  • If you are chopping a whole head of broccoli, cut off bite-sized florets. Be sure to trim the stems off the cut florets as well (trim them completely off or leave a small stem). You can also buy store-bought chopped broccoli to save time.
  • The broccoli in this recipe is completely uncooked and marinates in the dressing to become tender and flavorful. All you need to do is chop it. If you’d prefer to cook your broccoli florets for this salad, you can blanch it for one minute and let it cool before making the salad. 
  • If you love this salad and plan to make it frequently, double or even triple the dressing and store the extras in a mason jar in the fridge for next time.

Nutrition

Sodium: 598mg | Calcium: 87mg | Vitamin C: 62mg | Vitamin A: 443IU | Sugar: 11g | Fiber: 6g | Potassium: 361mg | Cholesterol: 12mg | Calories: 427kcal | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fat: 34g | Protein: 11g | Carbohydrates: 23g | Iron: 2mg
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