Broccoli Salad

How to make this awesome Broccoli salad

I am always looking for great summertime salad recipes. Broccoli is available year-round and makes a great broccoli salad. This is an awesome recipe to make and take along to any event. This Broccoli Salad recipe was given to me years ago by my husband’s aunt. She is now in her nineties, and she still makes this. was her favourite to bring to family get-togethers, and pot lucks. Everyone loved its light and tasty flavour with a punch of sweetness.

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How to make easy broccoli salad

This Broccoli Salad recipe can be easily converted to a vegetarian version by removing the bacon. Feel free to substitute the trail mix for your favourite nut mix. If you are substituting the trail mix for other nuts and they are unsalted, add a pinch of salt to the recipe

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fresh broccoli for broccoli salad
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Shopping List for Broccoli Salad

  • Broccoli
  • red onion
  • trail mix
  • dried cranberries
  • bacon crumbles
  • mayonnaise
  • sugar
  • vinegar

How can you tell if broccoli is good when shopping?

When you are shopping for broccoli it is easy to choose the best quality if you know what to look for.

  • COLOUR – Look for broccoli heads that are a blue-green colour Avoid heads that have started to yellow or go brown.
  • FIRMNESS– the fresher the head of broccoli the crispier or firmer it will be. Avoid broccoli that is limp or feels rubbery.
  • STALK – the stream of the broccoli should be dense and moist looking. Avoid broccoli that has a dry stem or the base of the stalk is turning brown.
  • WEIGHT – The fresher the head the heavier it will feel. The longer it has been sitting, the more it has had a chance to dry out.

Can you use the stalks in this broccoli salad recipe?

As a general rule, I do not cut up the stalks as they can be too chunky for this recipe. However, they are perfect to add to stir fry recipes or soups. They are worth saving for other uses. they are low in calories and high in fibre which is certainly always a bonus.

How long does Broccoli last in the fridge?

Broccoli will last 4 or even 5 days on the fridge. If you aren’t using it right away, keep it wrapped in plastic wrap in the vegetable drawer or use a vegetable storage container. To maintain as much of its water content as possible, wrap the ends of the stalks in water-soaked paper towels. The longer the broccoli is left the more it has a tendency to dry out and become limp.

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Recipe and Instructions for Broccoli Salad

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Broccoli Salad

This easy to make Broccoli Salad is the perfect side for ribs, steak, hamburgers, or just about anything off the BBQ.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 bunch Broccoli ( 2 or 3 small heads)
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Dried, sweetened, cranberries (Craisins)
  • 1 cup Trail mix (with sunflower seeds)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon


  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp vinegar


  • Wash Broccoli thorooughly
  • Remove lower part of broccoli stem and any leaves
  • Chop Broccoli heads into small pieces
  • Finely chop red onion
  • In a large bowl, add cut broccoli, red onion, trail mix, cranberries, and crumbled bacon. Mix well


  • In a small mixing bowl, add mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar.
  • Whisk together.
  • Pour dressing over broccoli salad mix and stir until well caoted.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refridgerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Keyword broccoli, salad

Images of steps in making pour Broccoli Salad.

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This is a great shareable salad. It pairs perfectly with hamburgers, ribs, or anything off the barbecue. It does contain mayonnaise, so be sure to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This recipe can be kept in the refrigerator for a couple of days, but it will start to go watery if it is left for more than a couple of days. It is best enjoyed fresh.

Nutritional Value for Broccoli Salad


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