Broccoli Salad

Every potluck needs this Broccoli Salad on the table. It’s the perfect summer side dish!

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Every potluck needs this Broccoli Salad on the table. It's the perfect summer side dish!

Ummm, hello?? Where did our summer go? Is it me or does the summer seem to go faster as you get older?

It seems like just yesterday we were coming home from the last day of school and packing our bags for Hawaii. But no. That was not yesterday. That was May.

And wasn’t it just days ago I saw my son moments before leaving for boot camp? Nope. It’s been 3 weeks already (and man do I miss that kid!).

But, here we are in August already. Buying school supplies, getting sports physicals done, and going to school orientations.

This is also the year that my youngest is now in Junior High School. My baby. She is now going to a school filled with teenagers and hormones. #helpme

The only way to get through this realization that school starts in a couple weeks and my kids are hormone raging humans…is to live in denial.

At least for a little bit…right?

Every potluck needs this Broccoli Salad on the table. It's the perfect summer side dish!

So, let’s embrace the last few weeks of summer vacation and eat bowls of my favorite broccoli salad!

I remember the first time I ever had this salad. I was at a Christmas party years ago with my family, and my aunt served this salad (Hi Aunt Debbie!!). I had never had anything like it, and I ate seconds. Then thirds. Then begged for the recipe.

Truth be told I’ve only made it a handful of times in the past ten or so years. And every time it’s been devoured at family potlucks and bbq’s.

I prefer to make this salad the night before. I think it gives the dressing time to “soften” the broccoli. However, the recipe as given to me, says to pour dressing on salad right before serving. You decide how you want to serve this…as everyone has different taste buds! Either way, it’s going to be delicious.

Every potluck needs this Broccoli Salad on the table. It's the perfect summer side dish!

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Broccoli Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes prep, 4 hours chill time

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb broccoli florets, cut bite size
  • 1/3 cup red onion, cut in strips
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds (no shells)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. In a pot of boiling water, drop broccoli and cook for about 1 minute. Remove immediately and rinse with cold water. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Add onion, cheese, bacon, raisins, and sunflower seeds to broccoli.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, vinegar and sugar. Pour over salad right before serving.
  4. I prefer to pour it over the salad and allow the salad to "soften" for about 4 hours. You decide.

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19 comments on “Broccoli Salad”

  1. lol @ #helpme  This post made me giggle Aimee… and then it made me hungry.  Yum.  I love summer salads and I always am looking for an awesome broccoli salad.  Thanks for the recipe!! Oh, and thanks for sharing my cucumber tomato salad!! xxoo

  2. This broccoli salad looks so delicious, it would disappear so fast!

  3. I love broccoli salad and am always look for a good recipe! And yes, I do think the days go faster as we get older. I can’t believe summer vacation is almost over!

  4. I know, seriously where has the summer gone? We have 3 weeks until school starts and I am so not ready, but I am. Does that make sense. I’ve never actually made a broccoli salad before, but that because I didn’t like broccoli before. Now I love it, so I’m thinking I need to make this asap! Pinned! 

  5. Rhianna - Rhianna Jayne

    All of your recipes look amazing!, 

    This looks like the perfect summer salad!, great photography too!

    Rhianna x

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  6. I always love a good broccoli salad and yours looks fantastic! Yum!! 

  7. This sound amazing, I love broccoli and red onion, what do you think Aimee if I add some white or red garlic to this recipe?

  8. I could eat the entire bowl myself. Not kidding, brock salad is my #1 fave salad, EVER!. Like…if I see it at a party or event, that’s all I need 🙂 I challenge you to a broccoli salad eating contest the next time I see you. Yours looks fab!!

  9. Jan

    Love broccoli salad. I always add a handful of craisins to mine.

  10. Laurel

    Unfortunately cannot use sugar in the dressing (diabetic). Any suggestions for a good alternate dressing? Just omit or cut back the sugar? 

    • Jo

      Sugar isn’t really the enemy for diabetics, carbs are. Moderation is always key. As far as the recipe just swap honey for the sugar, or even your favorite sugar substitute. Hope this helps.

  11. Traci

    This recipe was great!! I trimmed back on some of the mayo and sugar, no cheese. Added half a bag of the cranberries w/ glazed walnuts. I had to threaten my sons life that if I woke up in the morning and none was left he was dead meat!! LMAO!!!

  12. Tysh Brunner

    I make this with dried cranberries.  I’m going to try it with cheese and bacon for a switch up.  Also I use any kind of onion I have.  Green, yellow, Vidalia, whatever…  I do love red too!  I too like it to sit for a few hours before serving.  My husband loves this and is always a hit at family dinners or potlucks.  Yum!  

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