Crunchy Broccoli Salad

Crunchy Broccoli Salad
Crunchy Broccoli Salad. Diana Rattray
  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Serves 8
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This broccoli salad is packed with flavor and crunch, with raisins, sunflower seeds, and a tangy slightly sweetened mayonnaise dressing. Frozen (thawed) peas make this version a little different from the classic broccoli salad. They add extra texture and flavor, but you may leave them out or use a peas and carrot combination instead.

Pine nuts, walnuts, slivered almonds, or toasted pecans can be used in this recipe instead of the sunflower seeds, and feel free to reduce the sugar or replace it with a sugar substitute. I add only a tablespoon or two of sugar and use light mayonnaise, and it's still delicious.

One person commented that it was a hit, but quite sweet. You might want to experiment with just 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar and add then taste before adding more. Another person suggested cooking the onions with the bacon, a good idea if your family isn't fond of raw onions.

This is an excellent dish to take along to a party or potluck, and the recipe is easily doubled or tripled. 

What You'll Need

  • 5 to 6 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon
  • 1/4 cup of red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of frozen peas, thawed
  • Dressing:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar (apple cider vinegar or white vinegar)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar, or to taste

How to Make It

  1. In a large bowl, combine the broccoli florets, raisins, sunflower seeds, crumbled bacon, chopped onion, and thawed frozen peas; toss to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl or large cup, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to mix well; chill thoroughly before serving.

Serves 4 to 6.

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  • Replace the sunflower seeds with pine nuts, walnuts, toasted chopped pecans, or slivered almonds. Toast the nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring, just until they are lightly browned and aromatic.
  • Add chopped fresh celery to the salad.
  • Add shredded raw carrot for some extra color and crunch.
  • Replace the raisins with dried cranberries or raisins.
  • To lighten the salad a bit, replace some of the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt and use less bacon.
  • Replace the sugar with a drop or two of a sugar-free sweetener such as liquid sucralose or stevia.
  • Add sliced hard-boiled eggs to the salad or garnish it with chopped hard-boiled eggs.

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