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Broccoli cranberry salad is savory and sweet for amazing flavor in each bite. Broccoli salad has the best dressing and it is so simple to make. This will be a hit!

Broccoli Cranberry Salad in a bowl
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This is a great side dish and really simple to make. I guarantee if you make this for the next potluck or cookout, everyone will ask for the recipe.

It is similar to our Broccoli Salad Salad with bacon but a little different with cranberries. This twist is so delicious and I think you will really love it. You may even love this Copycat Paula Deen’s Broccoli Salad.

Why We Love This Recipe:

We love this recipe because of this simple ingredients. It is the perfect side dish as the dressing is light with a hint of sweetness. I have friends that really aren’t huge broccoli fans but they love this salad. They were surprised how much they loved it.

The crunchy texture and the combination of ingredients makes for a delicious broccoli salad recipe.


Broccoli Cranberry Salad Ingredients - broccoli, red onion, cranberries, pecans, mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, poppy seeds, salt and pepper
  • Broccoli
  • Red Onion
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Pecans

Broccoli Salad Dressing Ingredients:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Salt and pepper

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom of the post for the recipe card.

Variations Ideas:

  • Vegetables – You can also add cauliflower in with the broccoli to change things up. You can also use Vidalia onions for a sweeter taste. However, I like the pop of color the red onion gives the salad.
  • Raisins – You can easily substitute raisins for cranberries if you prefer.
  • Chopped Nuts – Chopped Walnuts or sliced almonds also work great. Use what you have or prefer. You can even add a handful of sunflower seeds.
  • Mayonnaise – You can use plain Greek yogurt to lighten things up. See The Best Mayonnaise Substitutes for other ideas.
  • Maple Syrup – Feel free to substitute the sugar with maple syrup or sugar for a delicious alternative.

Step by Step Instructions:

Combining the dressing ingredients in a bowl

Step 1 – Put the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until well combined. Set the dressing aside for later.

Combining the salad ingredients in a bowl

Step 2 – Just put all the other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Combine the ingredients.

Drizzling the dressing over the salad ingredients

Step 3 – Finally, pour the dressing over the ingredients.

Combining the salad ingredients in a bowl

Step 4 – Toss everything together to make sure it is well coated. Enjoy!

Expert Tips:

  • Prepare Vegetables – The broccoli florets should be washed and chopped into bite size pieces. It is so much easier to eat when you cut into these small pieces
  • Combining Ingredients – Combine the ingredients in a large bowl to completely cover with the dressing ingredients.
  • Serving – This salad is best served after making it. But you can also allow the salad to chill for about an hour before serving.

Serving Suggestions:

This light and crunchy salad is a great addition to your meals all year around. We love to serve with Easy Grilled Chicken Kabob Recipe and Grilled Balsamic Glazed Chicken. I have even made with this simple Hot Dogs and Pork Tenderloin.

We even like using the creamy dressing served over a spinach salad. It is a great dressing and flavors of the dressing makes it a family favorite.

Broccoli cranberry salad in a bowl

Frequently Asked Questions:

How Long Will it Last:

If you store the salad correctly, it will last about 2 days.

How to Store Leftovers:

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. It will last up to 2 days.

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Broccoli cranberry salad

5 from 10 votes
Broccoli cranberry salad is savory and sweet for amazing flavor in each bite. Broccoli salad has the best dressing and it is so simple.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate before serving 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 275


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  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  • Place all the other ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Toss to combine. Pour the dressing over the top of the ingredients and toss to make sure that everything is well coated with the dressing.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Serve cold and enjoy!
  • *Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 275kcal, Carbohydrates 14g, Protein 2g, Fat 24g, Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 12mg, Sodium 343mg, Potassium 230mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 9g, Vitamin A 376IU, Vitamin C 53mg, Calcium 41mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Myra J says:

    5 stars
    So easy to make and delicious ?