Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

This broccoli salad is gonna make you think differently about this pretty little green veggie.

Broccoli Salad


So, there are a lot of versions of broccoli salad out there.


Many of them call for roughly the same ingredients; which is a salt/sweet combo that typically pleases most everybody with at least one taste bud.

AND, if you aren’t a fan of raw broccoli, this might be just want you need to change your picky ass mind.


Ok, really to be honest, I don’t love raw broccoli every time unless it’s the right circumstances. I’ll dip it in a sauce, a dressing, etc., but I would rather have it roasted or steamed. 

This broccoli, however, is my favorite way to eat it raw.         

It’s crunchy, salty, a little sweet, has just the right amount of creaminess and just the right amount of everything else.

I could literally eat the entire bowl of this and need nothing else, but I probably wouldn’t because of the GI symptoms that would follow. I’m just not a fan of all that roughage at one time.

However, this salad is INSANELY delicious. 

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The sunflower seeds are absolutely the perfect little crunch that this type of salad needs.

A layer of texture and contrast of bite…

Brocoli Salad
It goes SO well with the cranberries.

The texture and sweetness is such a good contrast to the crunchy broccoli.

You could, however change it up if you’re not super happy about some of the add-ins.

Broccoli Salad Mix-In Substitutions:

  • Pecans, or your favorite nut
  • Kale, if you like that shit
  • Carrots, another good crunch, although it will add a tad of bitterness that I don’t love in my life
  • Raisins, or other dried fruit, chopped
  • Cheese, I think sharp white cheddar like Cabot Farmhouse Reserve would be great (it’s unbelievable, my favorite hands down)
  • Beans, white beans or garbanzos would work
  • Chow mein noodles, another texture layer

Broccoli Salad

This stuff disappears fast, so if you’re taking it to a football party I would suggest doubling the recipe. Or to any get-together for that reason.

Here’s the printable – 

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 4 cups broccoli florets, chopped into small pieces (depending on preference)
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup craisins
  • 3/4 cup bacon, done crispy and chopped
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar


  1. Combine broccoli through bacon in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk the mayo through vinegar in a small mixing bowl and pour over salad.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


*If I'm going to have leftovers, I always make extra dressing. Adding a little freshens the salad up after being in the fridge.

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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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