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Broccoli Cranberry Salad

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Looking for an easy broccoli cranberry salad recipe? This classic side dish is made with broccoli, cranberries, red onion, bacon, and a creamy homemade dressing!

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Bursting with fresh flavors and delightful textures, this salad is the perfect combination of crunchy broccoli, tangy onions, sweet cranberries, nutty sunflower seeds, crispy bacon bits, and a tangy homemade dressing.

This is a perfect side dish along with bacon egg salad and Amish pasta salad or BLT pasta salad for a potluck, cookout, bbq, or a quick lunch. It’s a true crowd-pleaser that will have everyone coming back for seconds!

Why I love this recipe

  • it takes just minutes to prep and needs only an hour in the fridge for the flavors to blend so it’s an easy make-ahead dish
  • so many flavors and the combination of the creamy dressing with crispy veggies is perfection!

Ingredients

broccoli salad ingredients in glass bowls on countertop
  • broccoli
  • red onion
  • dries cranberries
  • sunflower seeds
  • bacon bits
  • mayonnaise
  • apple cider vinegar
  • sugar
  • salt and pepper

Step by Step

  1. Prepare the Dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayo, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper until smooth and well combined. Set aside while you prepare the salad ingredients.
  2. Combine the Salad Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, diced red onion, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits.
  3. Dress the Salad: Pour the prepared dressing over the salad ingredients in the large bowl. Using a spatula or spoon, gently toss everything together until the dressing evenly coats all the ingredients.
  4. Chill Before Serving: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and refrigerate the broccoli salad for at least one hour before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together and for the salad to chill, resulting in a refreshing and delicious dish.
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Tips for Best Results

  • chop the broccoli florets finely into bite-sized pieces
  • do not skip allowing the broccoli salad to chill, it need time for the tangy dressing flavors to blend
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Variations and add-ins

  • If you prefer a vegetarian version of this salad, you can omit the bacon bits or substitute them with crispy tofu or tempeh for a plant-based alternative.
  • add shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • substitute or add-in nuts: chopped pecans or walnuts, sliced almonds, or pepitas for extra crunch and nutty flavor
  • substitute raisins for the cranberries
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Storage

Store this classic broccoli salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Stir before serving.

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Broccoli Salad


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Description

Looking for an easy broccoli cranberry salad recipe? This classic side dish is made with broccoli, cranberries, red onion, bacon, and a creamy homemade dressing!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 cups broccoli, rinsed and dried well, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ⅓ cup red onion diced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup bacon bits

Instructions

  1. Whisk together dressing ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine broccoli, onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits. Pour the prepared dressing over and mix well to coat.
  3. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

Notes

Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: side
  • Method: none
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 298
  • Sugar: 12.4 g
  • Sodium: 512.4 mg
  • Fat: 24.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.2 g
  • Fiber: 3.5 g
  • Protein: 3.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 12.7 mg

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