Easy Broccoli Salad Recipe

It’s hard to beat homemade broccoli salad. This delicious side dish is filled with fresh crisp broccoli, bacon, red onion, sharp Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and almonds. This is the perfect dish to bring to a potluck or picnic.

broccoli salad in a large white bowl

I love going to potlucks because you normally get to try everyone’s best dish. This broccoli salad is perfect to bring to a summer picnic or even a potluck.

Everyone has their favorite coleslaw or even potato salad, but not everyone has a broccoli salad. Best of all this dish is quick and easy to put together. You don’t even need to cook this recipe.

Ingredients for Broccoli Salad

Here’s what you need:

  • A large broccoli crown or you can buy the regular broccoli and cut off the stalk. You can save the stalk for a salad or even some homemade broccoli cheddar soup.
  • Red onion. A white onion will work in a pinch if that is what you have on hand.
  • Fresh tomatoes. I have used cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, or even Roma tomatoes for this recipe.
  • Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Raisins
  • Slivered almonds
  • Mayonnaise – if you can use Duke’s or Hellman’s the flavor is really good in these two brands.
  • White vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Salt and pepper

broccoli salad ingredients

How to Make Broccoli Salad

1. Place broccoli, cooked bacon, onions, almonds, raisins, and cheese in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.

broccoli salad ingredients in a mixing bowl

2. Mix together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.

3. Pour dressing over broccoli mixture.

4. Add tomatoes and gently stir to combine.

5. Serve immediately or cover salad and store in the refrigerator overnight.

While perfectly tasty when just made, the flavors to get better the longer you allow this salad to rest before serving.

If you cut want to cut the sugar from this you may want to add some Splenda in its place. I personally do like this with raisins. As I am not a fan of raisins, you can omit those as well.

You may want to read how to pick out fresh broccoli

Possible Variations In This Easy Broccoli Salad

I hope you give this fresh broccoli salad a try. I make mine with almonds, but I think cashews would work equally as well. The nuts add a nice crispness to this salad that I know you will enjoy.

I think you could also easily add some sliced cucumber or even some chopped red bell pepper for a nice flavor.

I hope you enjoy this broccoli salad recipe, I think you will find it a great addition to your picnic or potluck recipes.

broccoli salad in a serving bowl with small bowls and forks beside it

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broccoli salad in a large white bowl

Easy Homemade Broccoli Salad

Broccoli salad is an easy and tasty side dish that requires no cooking.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Broccoli Salad
Servings: 12
Calories: 372kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds broccoli
  • 1/2 pound bacon cooked crisp
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onions
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup raisins optional
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes or cherry or grape tomatoes

Instructions

  • Wash broccoli and pat dry. Cut off the broccoli flowers, leaving the stems aside. You can save the stems for use with a different recipe. Place broccoli in a large bowl. Crumble crisp bacon and add to bowl. Add chopped red onions, raisins if desired, shredded cheese, and stir. In a small bowl combine mayonnaise, white vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir the dressing together and drizzle over broccoli. Add tomatoes last and gently mix in the tomatoes. Cover salad and store overnight. You can serve immediately if you desire, better flavors result the longer you let the salad rest.

Nutrition

Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 499mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 690IU | Vitamin C: 69.2mg | Calcium: 196mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you for being so kind about giving this recipe a try. I know we all have veggies that we can’t stand. Mine is green bell peppers.

  1. jennikolaus

    Broccoli Salad is the best and my boys will actually eat it! I love your version, it sounds amazing!

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