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This Broccoli Salad Recipe combines all of the flavors you love, crunchy, sweet, and salty into one amazing salad. The creamy dressing is unbelievably delicious. It will become an instant favorite that is requested over and over again.

Creamy Broccoli Salad in a white bowl
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Everyone always asks for the recipe for this broccoli salad when I serve this.  There is just something about the tangy and sweet dressing with the crunchy fresh broccoli that everyone absolutely loves.

I could eat this salad all by itself but it’s equally yummy paired with balsamic grilled chicken or a juicy burger sliders.

I have these wooden serving salad spoons that I always use when I serve this side dish.

Why Make this Creamy Salad:

Give this a try and you will know why it’s called The Best Broccoli Salad Recipe. When it comes to summer salad recipes, this is definitely one of my favorites.

This easy broccoli salad recipe is perfect to serve for the holiday or your next potlucks.

Ingredients for Creamy Broccoli Salad:

Ingredients needed for broccoli salad - broccoli florets, carrots, red onion, mayo, sugar, apple cider vinegar, raisins, bacon, sunflower seeds
  • Cut Heads of Broccoli Florets; cut into smaller, bite-size pieces
  • Matchstick Carrots
  • Diced Red Onion
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sugar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (red wine vinegar works, too!)
  • Raisins or Dried Cranberries
  • Real Bacon Pieces (about 4 strips)
  • Sunflower Seeds

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Variations:

  • Plain Greek Yogurt – For a lighter variation, you can use yogurt instead of mayo. You can also add in a tsp of Dijon Mustard.
  • Cheese – Feel free to mix in sharp cheddar cheese to this classic broccoli salad recipe.
  • Nuts – We love the addition of the sunflower seeds but slice almonds are also a great addition.
  • Veggies – Feel free to add in other broccoli slaw to the mixture. We have added in red and green bell peppers for added flavor and taste.

Step by Step Instructions:

Cooking broccoli in a large pot

Step 1 – Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Toss the florets into the boiling water and blanch for about 3 minutes. Cook until they’re slightly softened and bright green. Drain and rinse in cold water.

Mixing the broccoli with onion and carrots in a bowl

Step 2 – Add raw broccoli, red onion and carrots to a mixing bowl. Mix well in a large bowl.

Mixing the salad dressing ingredients together in a bowl

Step 3 – In a small bowl, combine mayo, sugar and vinegar and mix well.

Pouring the dressing over the broccoli mixture

Step 4 – Combine broccoli mixture with broccoli salad dressing and mix well.

Stir in raisins, bacon and seeds with the broccoli mixture

Step 5 – Stir in raisins, bacon and sunflower seeds.

Broccoli salad in a white bowl

Step 6 – Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Recipe Tips:

  • Broccoli – We recommend wash and chop broccoli ahead of time. This ensure that the broccoli drains properly.
  • Serving – We like to combine the ingredients a few hours before serving and store in fridge. This allows for the the salad ingredients to marinate together for the best flavor.
Broccoli salad in a large bowl

Can I Make Ahead of Time?

You can prepare the salad up to 24 hours ahead of time if mixing in the dressing. But you can also cut and prepare the veggies then add in the dressing if you want make it further ahead of time.

How to Store Leftovers:

Store you leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. If the salad is stored properly, it will last up to 4 days.

Close up picture of broccoli salad in a bowl

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If you make this creamy broccoli salad recipe, make sure to leave us a comment. We love hearing from you.

Creamy Broccoli Salad Recipe

5 from 6 votes
You can find the best broccoli salad recipe here. It’s crunchy, sweet and salty all combined in one delicious salad. Everyone loves this creamy dish.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Cuisine American
Course Side Dish
Calories 221

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cut broccoli (cut into smaller, bite size pieces)
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup bacon pieces (about 4 strips)
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
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Instructions

  • While you're chopping up your broccoli florets, bring a  large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Toss the florets into the boiling water and blanch for about 3 minutes, or until they're slightly softened and bright green. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  • Add broccoli, carrots and onion to a mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar and mix well. Add to the broccoli mixture and mix well.
  • Stir in raisins, bacon and sunflower seeds. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

Recipe Notes

This is a great dish to bring for a get together. It’s hard to resist all the crunch and deliciousness this salad provides!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 221kcal, Carbohydrates 13g, Protein 4g, Fat 17g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 12mg, Sodium 230mg, Potassium 321mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 4g, Vitamin A 1860IU, Vitamin C 55.2mg, Calcium 36mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Teri says:

    This salad looks so yummy & I really want 2 try it but my daughter is allergic 2 vinegar-do u have any suggestions on substitutions 4 the vinegar that’s in the dressing??