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Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad is a simple summer salad that is bursting with color and flavor. Fresh broccoli, crunchy sunflower seeds, sweet dried cranberries, pickled onions, and sharp cheese come together in a creamy and tangy sauce.

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Prep this broccoli salad recipe the night before, and you are all set the day of. Grab from the fridge and spoon up one incredible salad. Perfect for potlucks, summer cookouts, and even weeknight dinners.

We are a veggie-loving family. From Traeger grilled vegetables to Pickled Asparagus, when spring hits and produce is at its prime, we dive head first into the produce aisle and get cooking. 

Broccoli Salad is one of those things that I’d always loved when it was brought somewhere, but I’d never actually made before. 

I can’t believe I waited this long. You and your family are going to love this simple summer salad.

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Broccoli Salad Recipe

How Do You Make Dressing For Broccoli Salad?

The sauce that is in this broccoli salad is quick and easy. You might even have all the ingredients in your fridge and pantry already.

Just mix your mayo, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and mustard together. Once it is creamy and combined, pour the sauce over your broccoli and other ingredients and stir well.

This broccoli salad recipe is one of the easiest out there. The hardest part is allowing it to sit overnight to marinate the flavors!

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Main Dishes To Pair With This Broccoli Salad

  1. Traeger Grilled Chicken Legs | These chicken legs are exactly what I want to pair with my broccoli salad. Bold in flavor but easy to make. Juicy and flavorful chicken cooked right on your wood pellet grill.
  2. Smoked Brisket | I love smoked brisket, if I could, I would eat it every night of the week. I think the rich smokey flavor in the brisket gets lightened up with this crisp and chilled salad.
  3. Pulled Pork | Here is another satisfying dinner or lunch idea that pairs nicely with cold salads like this recipe. Grab your favorite bbq sauce and dive in.

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What Can I Substitute for Sunflower Seeds?

If you don’t want to use sunflower seeds you can skip them, or if you wish to try some pumpkin seeds or even nuts. I don’t include nuts because we have an allergy in the house, but feel free if you prefer!

I think sunflower seeds offer a more earthy taste, and you also gain some nutrients out of the seeds as well but feel free to completely forget the seeds altogether if you don’t want them.

Broccoli Salad Recipe

What Cheese for Broccoli Salad Recipes

I always suggest buying block cheese and hand shredding it. You will get a richer and cheesier taste that will really add flavor to your salad, and without any impact from the various things they use to keep pre-shredded cheese from sticking together. 

When shredding, do larger shreds as small shreds will turn mushy fast once mixed with the dressing.

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Broccoli: To Blanch or Not To Blanch

Some people prefer to blanch the broccoli for a more tender texture. Personally, I have never blanched the broccoli for broccoli salad because I love the flavor of raw broccoli and I also love to keep the crunch.

If you do decide to blanch the broccoli, bring a pot of water to a boil, and add in some salt. Toss your broccoli into the boiling water for less than 60 seconds. Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process.

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Broccoli Salad Recipe

How to make The Best Broccoli Salad

  1. Make sure that you use quality produce. Fresh produce will give you a better tasting salad. Stay away from the pre-cut bagged veggies and just buy whole heads of broccoli and chop it yourself.
  2. Take your time when prepping your vegetables. Try to cut the produce evenly. Wash it well before cutting!
  3. Grab that whisk and whip that dressing well. Having a creamy dressing to pour over your veggies is key. You will get an evenly flavored salad. If you don’t mix in a bowl separately, the flavors won’t be even.

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Can I Make Broccoli Salad In Advance

Yes! The best thing about this salad is to get the best flavor let it sit overnight. You can make homemade broccoli salad up to two days in advance. This makes it perfect for those summer bbq’s where you are prepping tons of dishes all at once. Just store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Simple Ways to Lighten Up Broccoli Salad

  • Reach for a lower calorie mayo, or use one that has olive oil in it.
  • Swap half of the sour cream with plain Greek yogurt.
  • Skip the dried fruit, it will take some of the sweetness away, but will reduce the sugar count.

Simple, easy, and no-fuss is what you get with this broccoli salad. Give it a try today, and let me know what you think.

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Can I Make Broccoli Salad In Advance

Yes! The best thing about this salad is to get the best flavor let it sit overnight. You can make homemade broccoli salad up to two days in advance. This makes it perfect for those summer bbq’s where you are prepping tons of dishes all at once. Just store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Simple Ways to Lighten Up Broccoli Salad

  • Reach for a lower calorie mayo, or use one that has olive oil in it.
  • Swap half of the sour cream with plain Greek yogurt.
  • Skip the dried fruit, it will take some of the sweetness away, but will reduce the sugar count.

Simple, easy, and no-fuss is what you get with this broccoli salad. Give it a try today, and let me know what you think.

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Homemade Broccoli Salad Recipe

Easy Broccoli Salad Recipe

Easy Broccoli Salad Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 15 minutes

This crunchy and delicious broccoli salad recipe whips up in a flash, marinates overnight, and is one of my new favorite side dishes for any barbecue or cookout!

Ingredients

Salad

  • 8 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup chopped bacon (about 5-6 slices)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup diced pickled red onions
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Sauce

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place all of the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients.
  3. Pour over the salad ingredients, toss to combine, and cover.
  4. Refrigerate overnight and serve cold.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 604 Total Fat: 47g Saturated Fat: 12g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 32g Cholesterol: 62mg Sodium: 1913mg Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 16g Protein: 21g
Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!
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MaryB

Tuesday 7th of May 2019

This looks delicious! Am I missing it or do you have a link/recipe for pickled onions? I’m still searching for a great recipe for pickled onions.

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 8th of May 2019

Hey Mary! I do have one, it just isn't quite published yet. Should go out later this week or early next though! If you aren't subscribed to my newsletter, I'd definitely do that. <3