Broccoli Salad

Fresh and Creamy Broccoli Salad

 

Broccoli salad is a classic side dish that’s perfect for summer cookouts.  This salad is so easy to throw together you will be making it all summer long. It’s not just for cookouts and potlucks.  I don’t know about you but, every week I purchase fresh broccoli so it’s always available at my house.  I was craving this salad and didn’t really think about sharing it with you guys until the last minute. That’s why there aren’t very many pictures. But I’m sure you guys can figure this very simple recipe out, right?

Fresh Broccoli Salad is a classic side dish is perfect for summer cookouts and picnics!

I used pumpkin seeds but I’ve also used sunflower seeds and/or sliced almonds.  Your choice, make this broccoli salad to your taste.  In our house, some don’t like raisins or dried cranberries in salads. So I omit the sweet things.  Broccoli salad is healthy even if it has bacon and cheese, right?

Fresh Broccoli Salad is a classic side dish is perfect for summer cookouts and picnics!

Honestly, I can’t get enough of this salad. It’s crunchy, fresh and satisfying!  It’s not just a side dish, I eat it as a meal too! If you don’t buy fresh broccoli on a regular basis be sure to put it on your list this week. A good cold broccoli salad during those hot summer days is sure to hit the spot without weighing you down.

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Broccoli Salad
 
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Easy fresh, crunchy and very satisfying broccoli salad.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cooked bacon, chopped
  • ½ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (not salad dressing)
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
Instructions
  1. Combine broccoli, onion, cheese, bacon and pepitas in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl thoroughly combine mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and mix until evenly coated.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least an hour before serving.

Fresh Broccoli Salad is a classic side dish is perfect for summer cookouts and picnics!

 

Comments

  1. Reply

    Oh my mom and I make a salad just like this one and it is delicious! It is always one of the first to go at every summer gathering, We’ve never put pumpkin seeds in it though and what a novel idea, definitely going to have to try that! The other difference is that a few years ago I starting adding halved grapes for a burst of sweetness. Great recipe!

    1. Reply

      Thank you! My family won’t allow me to add sweet to a savory salad…sad I know. 😉

  2. Reply

    Thank you…can’t wait to try this…it looks delicious!!!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Michelle!

  3. Reply

    I’m always trying to make a healthy version of this salad but I gotta say looking at these photos makes me want to say “The heck with the healthy version. I want this one!” It looks awesome!! Next time it’s the real thing for me. ? Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, MJ! Please let me know if you are able to make it just a wee bit healthier! I could use that in my life. 😉

  4. Reply

    You make it healthy doesn’t need to adjust any flavor. Great broccoli salad bursting with lot of flavor. I love this salad, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Swathi!

  5. Reply

    I love broccoli salad! Yours is full of great stuff, mine is boring compared! We do like raisins in ours, but I’ve never added sunflower seeds or almonds, that looks so good. I love the crunch of the salad and the mix of flavors. I will be trying your variation soon, it’s so great for a summer side dish or snack!

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