Our Favorite Broccoli Salad

This is my most asked for dish when we attend gatherings. It is a flavorful salad full of veggies.

Our Favorite Broccoli Salad is a tasty combination of savory and sweet.  The smoky bacon is a wonderful complement to the nutty broccoli and whatever fruit you decide to add.

Broccoli Bacon Salad, Flower Patch Farmhouse.com

I have made this recipe a thousand times in many variations.
But this one is really our favorite.Broccoli Salad Great Summer Eatin'

It is filled with all sorts of yummy goodness.
My photos do not do it justice.
It seems my Lightroom has overexposed everything…anyone else have this issue??Broccoli Salad makin, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.comThis salad is so easy to make and great all year round, not just in summer.
Now that I have tempted you to give it a whirl here is the recipe.

Our Favorite Broccoli Salad, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

One thing I have found with this recipe is you can swap out ingredients to get a variety of flavors.
Adjust the amounts in the dressing if you like it a bit drier.
It is a very forgiving salad.

Happy Salad Making!

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Yield: 6 servings

Favorite Broccoli Salad

Favorite Broccoli Salad
A new take on an old favorite. Broccoli Salad is delicious with it sweet dressing and savory bacon. Ingredients.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 6 - 8 cups broccoli florets
    • 3 to 4 green onions diced (you can also use red onion instead but I prefer the green)
    • 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup dried cherries (the Kirkland Brand from Costco are the best)
    • 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seed kernels
    • 5-6 pieces of bacon cooked till very crisp then crumbled
    • 1 stalk of celery diced (optional)
    • Dressing:
    • 3/4 to 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 1/4 cup of sugar

    Instructions

      Cut broccoli into bite sized pieces, I like the bags of florets from Costco but some still need to be cut smaller. Add all the other veggies and ingredients to a very big bowl. You will need the room to stir the dressing on.

      Blend together dressing ingredients, make sure sugar is dissolved.

    I use my immersion blender but a whisk will get the job done too.

    Pour the blended dressing over all the veggies etc in blow.

    Really stir to coat all the broccoli, needs to be stirred as you serve it also.

    Cover and pop into the refrigerator for half an hour or more, it develops more flavor if let to sweat.

    (It can be eaten immediately also but it does enhance the flavor to set a bit)

    Notes

    Instead of cherries we have used raisins, dried cranberries, red seedless grapes or mandarin oranges for variety. You can also substitute pecans, walnuts or cashews for the sunflower seed kernels

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    21 Comments

    1. Wow that looks wonderful! and if you don’t mind me saying it I think your photo’s are beautiful! I have never been a craver of broccoli, but seeing this…your turning me into a convert!

      Have a great day!

    2. Wonderful! Great ingredients! Trying this! Thanks!

    3. Thanks for posting this recipe. We love Broccoli Salad and I’ve been meaning to make some. Now that you’ve reminded me and so graciously posted the recipe I can now make some!

    4. Hi Pamela, I came over to pin your recipe! It looks so delicious. I make a similar version of it, but I’ve never tried the dried cherries in it. We’re getting ready to plant our broccoli next week and I can’t wait to make this with some fresh broccoli from the garden!

    5. I make this same salad Pamela and we love it! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
      hugs,
      Jann

    6. This is my favorite broccoli salad recipe. I sometimes add diced avocado and/or frozen peas. The dressing is the best! An easy and good tasting salad. Thanks for sharing!

      1. The avocados and peas sound like a tasty addition. We tried adding sugar snap peas but they seemed to overpower it. At least the highly flavorful home grown ones did.

    7. This sounds fantastic! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
      Kathy

      1. Let me know how it turns out. What is nice about this recipe is it is so versatile.

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