Broccoli Salad

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Broccoli Salad is a quick summer salad recipe that everyone always LOVES!  Fresh and colorful broccoli, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits are tossed in a creamy homemade dressing.

This is the perfect potluck dish; great to serve along side Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken with some fresh Crock Pot Corn on the Cob! Not only is it easy to make ahead of time but everyone raves about it!

Broccoli Salad prepared in a large clear glass bowl

My family absolutely LOVES  their vegetables so I always serve fresh salads! Along with Creamy Cucumber Salad, this Broccoli Salad is one of our favorites! It’s so incredibly easy to make and my kids love it almost as much as I do!  I love making this for potlucks and barbecues, it is always a smash hit! When we fire up the grill at home to make some kabobs or perfectly grilled steaks, I always make sure I have this broccoli salad ready to go as a side dish!

Broccoli Salad can be made in advance and kept in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it, which makes it so much easier to get everything together!

If you have extra veggies you need to use up, you can easily add them into this broccoli salad. Zucchini, cauliflower, celery, peppers, or even mushrooms can make great additions!  You could easily turn this into a broccoli cauliflower salad by adding some cauliflower florets

Ingredients for Broccoli Salad laid out in a clear mixing bowl

How to Make Broccoli Salad

Broccoli salad is probably one of the easiest salads you will throw together, which is why it has become a favorite summer salad!

I prefer a creamy broccoli salad dressing rather than using a vinaigrette style dressing. 

Simply whisk together mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to make your delicious creamy dressing! 

Next, wash and cut the broccoli into bite sized pieces and drain well!

Broccoli Salad served with wooden serving spoons

Add all of your ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and toss them. Add your dressing and toss well so everything is coated! Bacon bits and sunflower seeds can clump together when you add the dressing, so make sure you toss everything together well.

Before you serve broccoli salad, refrigerate it for about an hour. This gives the broccoli a chance to soak in some of the dressing, resulting in an even more flavorful salad!

Print Recipe
5 from 5 votes
Servings: 8 servings
Broccoli Salad
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
 
Author: Holly
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Broccoli Salad

A fresh crisp broccoli salad tossed in a simple  homemade dressing!

Ingredients
  • 8 cups broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Whisk together cider vinegar, sugar, mayonnaise, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine broccoli, onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits. Pour the prepared dressing over and mix well.

  3. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 317, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 330mg, Potassium: 365mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 10g, Protein: 6g, Vitamin A: 11.7%, Vitamin C: 99%, Calcium: 5%, Iron: 5.8%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Broccoli Salad in a clear bowl

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Broccoli salad is the fun summer salad recipe that you didn’t know you were missing! Fresh and colorful broccoli, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits are tossed in a creamy homemade dressing to give you a dish that will be raved about by everyone one long after its gone! #spendwithpennies #summersalad #easyrecipe #simplerecipe #withcranberries #healthyrecipe #healthyrecipe #creamydressing #homemadedressing
Broccoli salad is the fun summer salad recipe that you didn’t know you were missing! Fresh and colorful broccoli, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits are tossed in a creamy homemade dressing to give you a dish that will be raved about by everyone one long after its gone! #spendwithpennies #summersalad #easyrecipe #simplerecipe #withcranberries #healthyrecipe #healthyrecipe #creamydressing #homemadedressing

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

22 comments on “Broccoli Salad”

  1. I’m going to try this salad for a family get together tomorrow, can I make the salad with the dressing today and it would be okay for dinner tomorrow?  Thanks

  2. Can this broccoli salad be made the day before?

  3. Used pecans instead of sunflower seeds.more crunch..and I like the idea of no bacon..liquid smoke in the vegan mayo  dressing perhaps…easy dish for any summer bbq..vegan.glutenfree..only nut allergies perhaps…go back to sunflower seeds then

  4. Awesome the nutritional info was included!!! Please let me know what the serving size is for that info.  Thanks!

  5. it’s colorful and so yummy I should try it

  6. Love this salad. Great for company and goes well with anything grilled! I do add red grapes cut in half, to mine. Gives a bit of a sweet taste, along with the vinegar flavors. A winner here! Thank you!

  7. There must be an easier way to find a recipe rather than looking at all the pictures. I’m sure I saw it on the email after August 10 and thought I’d saved it. Now I have all the ingredients and can’t find it. Maid-Rite Copycat (Better than the Original)

    • I’m sorry, I don’t have a Maid-Rite Copycat recipe (however I do have a search bar if you’d like to search for recipes). On a desktop, the search bar is near the top, just below the photo of me on the right hand side (or click recipe index at the top).

      On mobile, the search is at the top if you click the menu on the top left (3 little lines).

  8. My recipe is similar. My recipe calls for the raw broccoli, red grapes, red onion, pecans and chopped bacon. The dressing is mayo, vinegar and sugar. My family loves it.

  9. I used vegan mayo instead, and added hemp seeds instead of bacon bits! Also threw in some chickpeas and pumpkin seeds and it turned out soo amazing.

  10. Can you replace mayonnaise with miracle whip?

  11. I love this recipe as does everyone else. I also add some cauliflower to this salad. Still just as yummy.

  12. Absolutely love broccoli salad! Never tried it with dried cranberries before, so will have to give it a go some time.

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