This is a yummy summer broccoli salad that uses an interesting combination of fruits, vegetables, and meats. Before you decide you won't like it, try it. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
This is a yummy summer broccoli salad that uses an interesting combination of fruits, vegetables, and meats. Before you decide you won't like it, try it. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
This is a great recipe and is almost identical to one I've been making for years. I only use 1/4 of the red onion, otherwise it is too strong for our taste; also, I use sunflower seeds and apple cider vinegar instead of almonds and white wine vinegar. For an absolutely awesome pasta salad, add (2) 9-oz. pkgs. of cheese-filled tortellini, cooked al dente, then well-drained and cooled. It makes a terrific picnic and potluck pasta salad and always gets rave reviews.Read More
This is a great recipe and is almost identical to one I've been making for years. I only use 1/4 of the red onion, otherwise it is too strong for our taste; also, I use sunflower seeds and apple cider vinegar instead of almonds and white wine vinegar. For an absolutely awesome pasta salad, add (2) 9-oz. pkgs. of cheese-filled tortellini, cooked al dente, then well-drained and cooled. It makes a terrific picnic and potluck pasta salad and always gets rave reviews.
This is an awesome salad. I do tweek it a bit. I use golden raisins or red grapes instead of raisin. I also use 1/4 cup sour cream with 3/4 cup mayo, to lighten the dressing a bit. It is an awesome salad that always gets raves and devoured very time I serve it. My dutch friends have never had a dish like this and always request I bring this to their BBQ parties. This is a wonderful salad.
Great recipe!!!!!11 I follow it exactly, except I use only bacon and no broccoli! I also substitute the mayonnaise with melted butter! And no raisins.
I love this salad! I have made many adjustments at different times, but my rating is based on this recipe as written. I just don't understand why people will rate a recipe when they have modified nearly every ingredient!
Very good recipe, however, I did make a few modifications. I used turkey bacon, dried cranberries and sunflower seeds in place of the bacon, raisins & almonds. I reduced the sugar to 1/4 cup, and used Balsamic vinegar. My husband, who won't touch a raisin and thought he didn't like dried cranberries, asked for seconds!! Next time I will try it with reduced fat mayonaise.
A WONDERFUL recipe! Over these many years this has become one of my family's traditional Christmas dinner salads. I use red-wine vinegar, hot water "plumped" golden raisins and toasted sunflower seeds. "Wheat berries" are also a good choice to use in this salad. You can prepare everything a day ahead, refrigerate in a plastic bag with a towel in the bottom--to keep the vegetables crisp, and assemble just before serving--my option, to save last-minute preparation time. [This year, 2003, I used cashew nuts and my family said it was the best I had ever made!]
Very versatile and portable, used diet mayo, the raisins really add to it but soften by running under hot water in a sieve to plump them up. Healthy and Yummy!! Got too happy with the bulk food section and bought too many almonds and raisons and sprinkled them on top, looked REALLY good!
FABULOUS!!!!!! Next time, I will reduce the amount of the sugar or use Splenda. I thought it was a tad sweet but oh so good. I cannot wait to make this again for friends and can see this becoming a mainstay at BBQ's and potlucks. Looks so pretty too. I have to admit I just had some for breakfast and even the leftovers were great. Also, used real bacon bits instead of frying some up and ready cut up fresh broccoli from Sams Club. Saved a lot of prep time.
This salad is always a crowd pleaser...the secret is to drop the broccoli into boiling water for a few seconds and then into ice water....the broccoli's appearance and taste is much better!!!
This recipe is similar to the same delicious broccoli salad recipe I use. My version has red wine vinegar, which is delicious. This salad is always the first to go at potlucks, and you will always be asked for the recipe!
A family favorite for many years, though I do change it up from time to time. Sub cranraisins for the raisins, trade almonds for toasted sunflower seeds, change the red onions to green onions. Definitely try adding red grapes sliced in half for a little something extra. As this recipe is so very versatile, it's easy to change to your own family's preferences. Great for bbq's and potlucks as it holds it's texture without becoming soggy ~ enjoy!
This is the recipe I was looking for! THANKYOU! I've made it totally according to and it was delicious! I have also made it to be "diet friendly" by replacing sugar with "Splenda" (sugar substitute) and Fat Free Miracle Whip. It tasted the same and made some of the dieters at our family gathering very happy!
Love it, love it, love it! Everyone at our BBQ loved it and many asked for the recipe. I mixed the mayo/vinegar/sugar with the red onions the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight. I then added the other ingredients the morning of. This kept the broccoli fresh (not soggy) but helped the onions relax. It tasted perfect!! Just a side note - I added golden raisins and roasted sunflower seeds.
Interesting none of the reviews mentioned that if you blanch your broccoli for just a minute it will stay a beautiful bright green color that is so much more appetizing even a few days later if you are lucky enough to have around that long!
Loved this recipe! I substituted cashews for the almonds - yummy!!!
This is a really awesome salad! I made this twice in a couple days and I have to say it was much better with a little revision for my taste. This recipe is PERFECTLY fine the way it is! I made it to the exact specifications of the recipe the first time, and then remade it with what I thought it needed. I changed the mayo for half yogurt, half low fat mayo combo because it gives it a little something extra and balances out the flavors. I reduced the sugar the second time by just a tad over 1/4 of a cup. I liked the original recipe but it was really sweet and the raisins were really sweet so it started to be overly sweet. Finally, the onion is fine, let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 15 hours. I understand what the others are saying with the onion initially but after about 15 hours, it's hardly noticeable! The vinegar mellows out the flavor and you can hardly taste it! If you want an even more delicate onion flavor I've also seen this recipe with shallots. Hope this helps! :)
I am hard to please and afraid of watery mayo based salads- BUT. This was the most delicious salad I have ever had. I placed my broccoli in boiling water for 30 secs and shocked it in ice water, then drained it. (This made it crunchy yet tender, and bright green) I also used craisins and sunflower seeds...and a TBL of Splenda instead of all the sugar (which was PLENTY). I only had raspberry wine vinegar which was fantastic. OH, and I used a splash of lemon juice to brighten it up. I think there are a lot of different ways you can go with this salad. I could have eaten the entire bowlful! This would be a hit at any potluck or as a cooling side dish in the summer. WONDERFUL
Make it low carb!!!---Omit the raisins and substitute the sugar with Splenda and you actually have a very tasty side dish for a low carb diet!!!
i have been making this since my sons were little minus the raisins and adding little square chunks of orange sharp cheddar cheese...Mmmmm not only does the cheese add a nice color, but the blend of the brocolli, bacon, onion with the cheese is just yummmmy!!
Very plain. And way too many onions. Would be better with a few modifications. Less sugar, less onion, and some salt.
I love this recipie and often make it. Try making it the night before and let all the flavors mix... however, and this is important, DO NOT add the bacon until you are ready to serve. The bacon sitting in the dressing for any long periods of time just becomes limp and slimmy. The crisp bacon put on just before serving adds zing and the crunch with the broccoli is perfect!! A little ranch dressing thrown in is also a nice touch...
Everyone loved this salad! I made it for a retirement party and ended up having to email the recipe to 30 people. I made some changes based on what I had in the house - used red grapes instead of raisins, real bacon bits from a bag instead of bacon and apple cider vinegar instead of white wine vinegar. I also added an extra tbsp each of sugar and vinegar to the dressing, along with some salt and pepper. It's such a quick salad to throw together and so nice and light, I've now started making it for lunch or dinner side dishes. It's even great without the bacon. Thanks for the recipe!!
This salad is really fresh and healthy and was a big hit at the BBQ! I used 2 cut apples in place of raisins, which aren't my favorite; blended 1/2 mayo & 1/2 plain greek yogurt; used lime juice instead of white wine vinegar; substituted 1 small scoop stevia instead of the sugar. I also added salt & pepper and a nice dash of Bragg's amino acids, which in my opinion adds a dash of delicious mystery to any dish. I'll be making this again!
I haven't made this recipe yet, but it sounds delicious and I will make it when I go to the store for brocolli. Here's something that helps me. I cut the raw bacon into small pieces with scissors before I fry it. Doing it like that you get nice crunchy small pieces instead of crumbling it after where the pieces are different sizes and not so crunchy.
It was very good. Everyone was asking for the recipe. Thanks,
This was very yummy. I made it for a cookout for my sons birthday party. Everyone loved it. I did make one mistake.........I made it the night before and the broccoli wasn't as crunchy as I would have liked it, but it was still a hit. I will make again.
We use sunflower seeds and cider vinegar instead of white vinegar and do not put bacon in our version. Can use fat free mayo when dieting.
This salad is similar to one my Mother used to make. I have been living overseas for a few months and wanted to bring something different to a BBQ than the Germans normally eat. I ended up writing out the recipe 5 times and it was the only salad that was gone by the end of the bbq! It's delicious with a great combo of crunchy textures and the sugar and raisins add the right amount of sweetness. Don't change a thing, make this recipe as is!
Nora, thank you! My husband likes raw broccoli and I think your recipe is his favorite way of having it. He requests it often.
Classic broccoli salad. A few ingred. for the dressing makes it simple.
This is one of my favorite salads. At Christmas, I like to substitute dried cranberries for the raisins to give it a festive holiday feel.
totally delish! changes i made were to use less mayo cuz i didn't have enuf (3/4c lo-fat), sugar (2 heaping tblspns equal) & vinegar (1 tblspn). having done that i think it would be better with the full cup as i definitely used 2 large heads of broccoli and it could have been a bit more wet. however, everything else i did as instructed and it was sooooo good! i totally recommend making a day ahead, without the bacon, so the flavors can really marry (and the broccoli can soften a bit). since i like the bacon crisp i would add just before serving. i'm eating some now that i made sunday and it so good and healthy i don't feel a bit guilty eating a ginormous bowl. try it, you'll love it!
I change it by using dried cranberries and sliced almonds. Gets raves and disappears every time I serve it!
Very good. I modified the salad because we are not mayo, raisin, or red onion fans: subbed chopped green onion for the red onion, cashews for the almonds (as well as added one cup), subbed Hidden Valley Ranch dressing for the mayo mixture (amount to your taste). I also sub turkey bacon once in a while and sometimes add in frozen peas. I let the salad sit for at least a couple of hours before serving. You can also sub cauliflower for the broccoli.
This is amazingly delicious!! I made it for my luncheon group & it was devoured. I had little to bring home, & my husband loved it, so I made more the next day. I use Splenda instead of sugar to keep the carbs down & added walnuts & slivered almonds. A great hit I will make again!
Wonderful! Just as delicious with broccoli coleslaw. Next time, I will also try substituting greek yogurt for the Miracle Whip ( which I used because Fam does not like Mayo). Thi is definitely a keeper.
My husband loved it and told me to keep the recipe. Very easy to make.
I made this recipe for company, unfortunately both of them did not like broccoli, so they never even tasted it. At the time I was disapointed, but now I'm thankful, because I have eaten the left overs for supper, breakfast and lunch since. I honestly cannot get enough of it. My husband loves it as well. I can't wait to make this for people who will taste it. I think even people who don't like broccoli would like it if they gave it a chance. I did make one substitution to the recipe by adding cauliflower, and ommitting some of the broccoli.
Delicious summer salad. I used craisens and sunflower seeds instead of almonds and raisins. Will make again for sure this summer! Thank you.
I've been making this for a few years now. This is too much raw onion for me -- so I use about 1/4 the amount shown in this recipe. I also plump the raisins before adding, and throw in a can of slivered water chestnuts for added texture. To save calories I use Splenda instead of sugar and light mayo (and no one knows the difference). Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!
This recipe is very simple and is a great idea for potlucks. I've had this at potlucks and was always curious as to how it was made. Now I know! I made it with red wine vinegar as some others had suggested. My only complaint about this dish is that it has a strong after taste.
This is a really good salad. One suggestion, if you are pressed for time, which I always am, use the premade bacon. Saves you time and a messy pan.
I make this with peanuts or cashews (instead of almonds) with good results. Low carb (use splenda) and tastes wonderful! Do not use an entire onion- 1/2 of a red onion or too oniony.
Yum, yum, yummmmmmy. I used roasted sunflower seeds instead of almond slices, cutback on the sugar by 1/4 cup, and added a 1/4 cup more raisins than was called for. I spend the whole day going back to the fridge to steal bites with my fork.
Definitely reduce the amount of Sugar. I only used 1/4 cup and it was still sweet. Also -- i would reduce the onion to only 1/2 an onion. It was overpowering -- but a great recipe
Calorie Cutter: This recipe is easy and delicious! I love that you don't blanch the broccoli, so that it retains more nutritional value. I substituted Olive oil mayo for regular mayo, Splenda for the sugar, and turkey bacon ... reducing the fat and calories extensively. And No one noticed -- they still raved! Enjoy!!
I love this sweet/tangy salad. I substituted sunflower seeds for the almonds, and used golden raisins. I'm taking this to our family's Labor Day cookout. It will be a perfect accompanyment to the ribeye's and garlic bread.
My family raved about this salad! All I did was decrease the sugar to 1/4 cup and mayo to 1/2 cup. I never saw broccoli go so fast. Needless to say next time I will double the recipe.
This recipe was delicious! I didn't have raisins on hand so I left them out. I thought there was too much sugar so I'll cut in half next time. The flavor is much better after it sits for a while.
This recipe is perfection! I served it for our neighbors and was told it was the best salad they had ever tasted. No one likes raisins though, so I added some sweet red peppers instead and used cashews for the nuts. I also added one cup of shredded cheddar cheese because I know other people who have made it that way in the past. The flavors blended wonderfully, and the salad just gets better as the hours pass.
A good salad! I used cashews and a mixture of golden and brown raisins because I had them on hand. I used half mayonnaise and half plain yogurt like some others suggested for the dressing.
This is an excellent dish. I did not change anything to the recipe except adding another head of broccoli. Next time I will reduce the amount of onion by half.
I added sunflower seeds to this and it was yummy!!
GREAT salad! It tastes awesome. I made it for a potluck gathering and it got rave reviews. The only downside is that it does not keep overnight - the tiny bit of leftover that I had the next day was soggy....
Very yummy! For a healthier version I use half a cup of non fat greek yogurt mixed with a half cup of light mayo and it was delish! My whole family loves it. :)
I usually dislike broccoli but yet I love this salad!! It gets rave reviews every time I bring it to a party. I make a few changes though. I use sunflower seeds instead of almonds and I throw in small chunks of feta.
Very Yummy Broccoli Salad. I change it up a little and substitute sunflower seeds for the nuts and dried sweetened cranberries (Craisins) for the raisins, which makes for a very colorful salad. I decrease the sugar a little to compensate for the sweeter craisins.
So tasty! I up the health factor by using chow mein noodles instead of bacon. I've also served it without raisins for my picky children. Either way, still delicious!
We have broccoli salad every year for Thanksgiving. This recipe was just like the one I recall using, except instead of almonds we used sunflower seeds. Tasty!
This is a very good recipe for the tried-and-true broccoli salad. I substituted green onion for red, dried cranberries for raisins, and almost doubled the bacon. It was delicious!
This is exactly the recipe I was looking for. The flavors are great and measurements were spot on. I like to use sunflower seeds instead of the almonds. It's good with the raisins, but I actually prefer it without.
Delicious! I have been searching for this broccoli salad for a long time and this is it! It is exactly the same recipe as a broccoli salad that is served at a restaurant in this area. I have always wondered how they made it. Unfortunately, I did not have sunflower seeds or bacon, but it didn't even matter. I used golden raisins and regular mayo. I also used 'gourmet salad vinegar' by Heinz and it was perfect. I chilled it for 3 hours before serving. Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. I will definitely make it again...and again...and again!!
This was a big winner, even tho our Cardinals lost...Boy was I glad I TRIPPLED the recipe for the Super Bowl party yesterday. Mine was the ONLY salad/veggie at a party with a good 25 people. It got scarfed. I did modify a little. Based on a couple of other suggestions, I added extra Vinegar--DON'T!! it made the dressing turn very watery while it chilled for 3 hours. Next time I will follow the measurements. I used half Sour cream and half mayo and it was lighter and tastier too. I used Cranberries, sunflower kernals, and for this triple batch I added most of a whole bunch of sliced celery for extra crunch and a bit over 3T of Sweet Hungarian Paprika from Penzeys. Also some grinds of fresh blk pepper, and replaced half the sugar with Equal (the blue stuff) I had a really large red onion and it smelled pretty strong when I cut it, so I diced it really small, and blanched it under running water from my little boiling water tap--30 seconds max, then shocked under cold...I also used a total of only o1 lb of bacon to six big bundles of brocolli--no one complained there wasn't enough bacon. I bought the cranberries dried at my local store in bulk and the sunflower seeds that way too. Brocolli was on sale and I made a huge vat of salad (probably about 3 gallons) for under $20. Everyone asked for the recipe and even the men went back for seconds. All I had was some juice and stray sunflower seeds left. Will make again fore sure and will try All Equal instead of sugar next.
This salad is FANTASTIC. Served it at a beach picnic this summer and both kids and adults loved its sweetness. I used Miracle Whip instead of real mayo; worked fine. They were begging for more at dinnertime!
Made this for a family event and received rave reviews for everyone. No leftovers and many requests for the recipe. Will definitely make again!
Delicious and Easy to Make and Clean Up!
Wow! This is delicious! We cooked up the onion slightly before combining with the rest of the ingredients, added walnuts instead of almonds, and reduced mayo to 3/4 cup. Next time we will try red grapes in place of raisins (I'm not a big fan of the raisin).
We made the dressing using 1 cup of Hellman's mayo but it had a funny aftertaste. So we added 1/4 cup of sour cream and another tablespoon of white wine vinegar and it's PERFECT! This is an awesome tasting recipe!
This is a great recipe. Easy to make and a family favorite. To cut down on the fat and also on sugar, I substituted Tastefully Simple's Bacon Bacon for the bacon, used 1/2 light mayo and 1/2 mayo and used splenda in place of the sugar.
This is a wonderful recipe. I used cashews instead of the almonds this time around and about half the sugar so it would have a bit more bite to it. Everyone loved it. Perfect for parties.
Even my son, who doesn't like onions, loves this dish! I'm making it tomorrow for a retirement party at work and I know it will be a success...the only thing I have to say, it's not as good the next day...to me though.
I really don't like nuts or raisins, so I wanted my mom to leave them out but she didn't, and it was actually an awesome salad. We are definetly making it again!
I've been doing a similar recipe for years. It's great for baby or bridal showers. It helps to blanch the raisins first by soaking them in boiling water for 5-8 minutes right before you add them to the salad. It makes them soften and plump up. I also prefer the applecider vinegar and sunflower seeds instead of almonds.
This was wonderful and delicious! I added more mayo because it seemed like not enough liquid, but after sitting overnight I wished I didn't! It makes it's own liquid. I waited to put the bacon in till right before serving so it wouldn't get soggy.
With no bacon and onion, it is still delicious! My husband never liked broccoli, but tasked this and got hooked! :-)
I saw this recipe in my allrecipes newsletter and looked at the bag of broccoli & cauliflower florets I had just purchased and realized hey, I can make it with broccoli & cauliflower! I used rice wine vinegar, reduced the sugar to 1/4 cup added dried cherries instead of raisins and wanted to use sunflower seeds but only had sliced almonds. DH & DD loved the salad. I prefer rice wine vinegar because it is not so vinegar sour and probably has more sugar. Next time I will try 1-2 Tbls. instead of by cup standard. The dried cherries gave it lots of sweetness too. THIS RECIPE IS A KEEPER!
Fabulous and quick - perfect for a week night!
Pure heaven! This is became an instant favorite at my family's Thanksgiving dinner. I doubled everything, but only used one onion (otherwise it'll be sooo onion-y). The mayo came in 15oz or extra large, and since I have no use for mayo, the 15oz worked fine! Maybe I had small broccoli, or just because I love broccoli, I ended up using twice as much (which was 4x the original, lol, or about 9 crowns). This is fantastic; it does have 5 stars all around for a reason!! note: I made it the night before and let it set in the fridge. Then tossed it in the morning, and tossed it again before serving. The 'slaw-esque' mixture will settle on the bottom!
Yummy, and delicious. Made it for a family reunion, and was overwhelmed by the compliments.
Very good salad but I would recommend blanching the broccoli prior to mixing.
Excellent! I substitute the almonds with sunflower seeds and used a little less onion but otherwise a perfect recipe! Great for potlucks and BBQs.
I make this all the time. Its Super Great. The only change I do is I use Pecans; and no onions. YUMMY
This is so yummy and easy. Perfect for pot-lucks and summer light dishes.
This was WAY good. I loved it and so did my family. I made enough for 20 servings and reduced sugar by 2/3 cup. The perfect amount of sweetness.
This was excellent. I've made it with sunflower seeds in the past but have found that it is much better with slivered almonds.
Great, fresh, and crunchy!
You can save time by using pre-made slaw dressing (lite is fine). Adding dried cranberries instead of raisins give a hint of tartness that tastes great.
We cheated when we had to take this to a picnic. We bought all the parts and put then in a big bowl and tossed. The dressing we used was a vidalia sweet onion dressing. It was pretty yummy and everyone loved it!
EASY, EASY, EASY. I have substituted the sugar with Splenda. Works great. Use the prepackaged broccoli florets & precooked bacon to cut the already short prep time in half!!
Love this salad! Have made many times. I usually toss in 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese right before serving.
Used chopped cashews instead of almonds and red wine vinegar instead of white, cause that's what I had. Forgot to par boil the broccoli as I originally wanted as per a previous reviewer's suggestion, but it was still magnificent! I will definitely make this again! I made a little batch on the side with turkey bacon for my boyfriend that doesn't eat pork and it was good as well! Great recipe! Dressing is perfect!
I love broccoli slaw from the deli but this is even better. Turned out great.
This is an awesome salad IF you leave out the raisins and use red grapes instead!! It makes a load of difference!
I love broccoli salad-- but hate to buy it at the store because they use too much mayo and the fat kind. I always use fat free or light mayo, and then I don't feel guilty. Really, it's just to keep everything sticking together and a little creamy. I don't notice the difference, except around the waistline!
I use 1/4 cup sugar in the dressing. I also use craisins in place of raising. Craisins make the salad so pretty and taste great also. This is my son's favorite salad and I make it for him when he and his family visits. YUM!!
Great recipe! Perfect standard recipe for customization. Have made this many times, using prosciutto in place of bacon, cranberries in place of raisins and creme fraiche in place of mayo as suggested by previous users. Found the sugar unnecessary, was great just the way it was. Thanks for a great add to my recipe box! ;-)
Love this recipe-its great for summer. I used miracle whip, splenda and real bacon bits which cut down the prep time and calories. The whole family loved it.
This was really good.