Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Broccoli Salad

I think broccoli is my favorite vegetable.  Well, no, I take that back.  I might like carrots a bit more, but broccoli is a close 2nd.  Have any of you tried the Broccoli Salad that you can buy in a kit at Costco?  If you haven’t, I can tell you that it is delicious.  However, I’m also going to tell you not to go buy it and to just make this recipe because it tastes exactly the same, if not better! :)

This Broccoli Salad is one of my new favorite side dishes, thanks to a blog that I visit frequently, Anne Strawberry.  I’ve made it about 3 times in the past month or so.  It is full of fresh broccoli, crunchy toppings and a sweet dressing, and it’s just delicious.  This Broccoli Salad is crunchy, sweet and savory all at the same time and it makes for a quick side dish.  I’ve made the original recipe below and then I’ve also made a few modifications to suit our tastes.  I don’t like a lot of dressing on my salads, so you’ll see below that I decreased the amounts a bit.





Ready to eat!

Broccoli Salad by Anne Strawberry


  • 4 - 6 cups chopped broccoli flowerets (I use 6 cups)
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ½ cup toasted sunflower seeds (1/3 cup - I tried using pecans once, but preferred the sunflower seeds)
  • 1/3 cup raisins (I use Craisins)
  • 8 strips cooked bacon, crumbled


  • 1 cup mayonnaise (3/4 cup - I use Light Mayo)
  • ½ cup sugar (1/3 cup)
  • 1 ½ T. apple cider vinegar (red wine works, too) (about 1 tbs)


  1. After making dressing, toss on salad and combine.
  2. Serve immediately.


  1. Love the new jelly bean background although I'm not so sure about the broccoli salad (not a broccoli fan unless it's drenched in cheese)! LOL my mom would love this though so I'm going to share it with her!

    BTW I saw that you left a comment on my Must Reads post today. I did read it but I had to delete that entire post and re-post it because it totally messed up my blog font and made it huge! I think I fixed it and I'm glad that I can help you find great books to read! :-)

    XOXO~ Renee

  2. i love broccoli salad! your recipe sounds great (i like your adjustments too). :)

  3. Oh, I've had this salad at potlucks and gatherings, but have never made it for myself - need too!

    Love the jelly beans:)

  4. Loving the jelly beans!!!

    My husband loves this salad...I never make it for him though! He always eats it at a friend's house...I am going to have to copy the recipe and make it once in a while for him since we moved!

  5. My Mom is totally crazy for Broccoli and she would love this! I definitely have to make it for her. Your new look is so cute! Love it.

  6. Sara this looks like a great salad. I am new to your blog and have spent some time trying to catch-up with your earlier posts. I really like your recipes and the tone of your blog. I'll be back often to see what you've been cooking. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. I'm a huge fan of broccoli salad--need to make this and try it with greek yogurt tho bc ryan hates mayo!

  8. This is one of my favorite salads on the salad bar! Thanks for sharing a recipe, I have to make this at home!

  9. I just happened upon your blog. Love this wonderful recipe... yum.

  10. I make a similar salad to this except I use grapes instead of raisins. It's the perfect dinner on a hot summer night!


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