Broccoli Salad, Easy, healthy, delicious!

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This was my sister’s favorite salad. She asked me to post the recipe on BCC in 2015 but I never did a blog post! So, I thought I would do it now.

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Broccoli Salad

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I have made this salad for many years. It is crispy, fruity, creamy and oh so very good!

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Broccoli is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. “It is a very good source of dietary fiber, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, vitamin B1, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), potassium and copper. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamin B1, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin and selenium.” (Source: The World’s Healthiest Foods) It is also an anti-inflammatory, which, in turn, makes it an anti- carcinogen!

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You know, if you’ve been following the blog this summer, I have been making a ton of different salads for all of our BBQs! This BLT Pasta Salad is very popular, as is this easy Cucumber Tomato Salad. This salad is a great addition to the collection!

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I usually use the broccoli raw, which I love, but my husband complains it hurts his teeth. So, because I’m such a nice person, ๐Ÿ™‚ I blanched the broccoli for only about 2 minutes so that it didn’t lose it’s beautiful color. When you blanch veges, be sure you have ice water ready to cool them down, quickly.

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The golden raisins add a lovely sweetness to this salad and the pepitas, or sunflower kernels add a bit of crunch. The bacon… well I don’t suppose I have to describe the bacon! ๐Ÿ™‚ If you eat it, you love it. If you don’t, well…. I’m sorry!

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I hope you enjoyed the recipe for Broccoli Salad today. Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite salads are.

Enjoy! And have fun cooking!

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Broccoli Salad
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Broccoli Salad

This salad is no cook and great for summer parties!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 15 servings
Calories 300 kcal
Author Binky

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces bacon
  • Salt
  • 5 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels

Instructions

  1. Cut the bacon into small pieces and cook over medium heat just until crisp; drain on paper towels.
  2. Cut broccoli into small pieces.I used to do the broccoli raw, but recently, I have been blanching from a recipe from Trisha Yearwood on Food Network.(Link below) The recipe is identical to the one I've always made, except for blanching the cauliflower. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli and blanch until bright green and slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Drain well, run under cold water to stop the cooking, and drain again.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, onion, sugar and raisins. Add the broccoli and toss the coat with the dressing. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Just before servings, fold in the sunflower kernels and the bacon pieces. Serve immediately

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28 thoughts on “Broccoli Salad, Easy, healthy, delicious!

  1. April

    I love this salad. I’ll have to try it out. I also can’t believe I have never eaten broccoli salad! I love the addition of bacon. Bacon makes everything taste better!

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  2. Danielle

    I love a broccoli salad, especially when the broccoli is still a bit crunchy. Bacon makes everything better too!

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  3. Luci's Morsels

    This looks delicious and would make the perfect salad for summer. I can picture myself making this for a potluck and I love that it is so easy to make. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Tina

    I think broccoli and raisins make a great combination. I love that broccoli taste that is lightly sweetened with raisins. Great combo!

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  5. Laura

    Love this salad and I do agree with Eric. I also prefer the broccoli a slightly cooked. 2 minutes is perfect. I love the idea of mixing bacon and raisin, great contrast. Thanks, I am trying this one

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  6. Elaine

    Mmmm. I love fresh salads like this! Especially when they deviate from the normal lettuce, tomato and cuke! This recipe looks fabulous and I can’t wait to make it!

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  7. Patty

    Such a delicious salad Beth, I love that you didn’t leave large stems and made small florets! All these salads with huge broccoli florets we see around don’t tempt me, I feel I’d get tired munching on them after no more than 2. Also, I agree with Eric (lol), I feel like him, love the broccoli blanched ๐Ÿ™‚

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