Every potluck needs a good Broccoli Salad–and this one is the BEST. With cheddar cheese, red onion, bacon and a sweet tangy dressing, this is the perfect easy summertime side dish.
Why this Recipe is Best
- This broccoli salad recipe has crispy bacon and sunflower seeds! You’ll love the added salty savory flavor they add to the vegetables.
- It’s easy to make with fresh, simply ingredients.
- Brococli is par boiled then quickly cooled so it’s tender but not mushy.
- The dressing is the perfect blend of creamy, tangy and sweet!
There are a million and one broccoli salad recipes out there. But none quite so perfect as this one!
Sunflower seeds. Make sure to remove the shells.
Raisins. Dried cranberries would make a delicious substitute if you prefer.
Cheddar cheese. Mild, sharp and extra sharp cheddar are all tasty in broccoli salad. You choose!
Broccoli Salad Dressing
The thing that really ties together all the ingredients in this Broccoli Salad recipe is the sweet and tangy dressing.
Broccoli Salad dressing is made with just three ingredients:
- Apple cider vinegar
Don’t this easy dressing fool you, though – it is the perfect blend for bringing everything in salad together.
Tips and Tricks
There are two ways you can dress this salad: right before serving or a few hours in advance.
If you add the dressing ahead of time, it “softens” the veggies and gets a bit absorbed into the crevices of the broccoli florets. I love it this way!
For a crunchier broccoli salad, toss the salad with the dressing right before you’re ready to eat. It’s delicious no matter what.
You can substitute miracle whip or another low fat mayo if preferred, but I prefer the creamier taste of real mayonnaise here.
This salad should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy within 3 days.
This side dish can safely be out at room temperature for about 2 hours. After 2 hours, you should transfer it to the refrigerator to keep the mayonnaise and cheese from spoiling.
If you’re serving this outdoors in the summer, it may spoil more quickly. When in doubt, wait to place it on the table until right before meal time!
Fresh, colorful and delicious Broccoli Salad is an ideal side dish for any meal! With just a few minutes of prep time and easy to find ingredients, this is a recipe you’ll want to make over and over again.
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- Pistachio Fluff Salad
- Strawberry Pretzel Bars
- Cucumber Tomato Salad
- Chinese Coleslaw
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- 7 Layer Salad
- Sloppy Joes
- MORE Salads and Side Dishes!
The BEST Broccol Salad recipe is packed with broccoli, cheese, onions, and more! Perfect potluck recipe.