Broccoli Salad Recipe

My favorite broccoli salad recipe is always the most recent one I have made.  They are never the same as I always try something different each time I make it.

Broccoli salad recipeBasic Broccoli Salad

You either like broccoli or you don't. Some people who don't sometimes find what they really don't like is cooked broccoli.

Put it in a salad raw with some sweet dressing and other goodies and just watch them gobble it up!

The basic recipe starts with broccoli, onions, celery,  sometimes some crispy bacon and a  dressing.

I like to add all sorts of vegetables,  nuts, seeds, fruits and cheeses, combined with a simple creamy or oil & vinegar dressing.

Here is a good one to start with...

Basic Broccoli Salad Recipe


1-2 heads broccoli
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup sunflower seeds
6 slices bacon
1/2 cup sliced olives
pepper to taste


3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp. wine,cider or sushi vinegar
1/4 tsp. each salt & pepper
Optional-1-2 tsp. sugar


Fry bacon until crispy, drain grease and set aside.

Cut up broccoli tops into bite-sized pieces, leaving just a little stem. Cut up enough for about 4 cups of flowerettes.

Give the leftover stem to your kitchen helper...

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Mix the dressing with a whisk, fork, electric mixer or simply put the ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake.

Add chopped vegetables,  seeds and olives.  Crumble the cooked bacon and add it as well.

Add dressing, toss salad, cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.  Toss again before serving

 Broccoli Salad Recipe Optional Ingredients:  

Here are a few alternatives for dressings:

Mayonnaise- Yogurt, Sour Cream, or any creamy store bought dressing.

Vinegar- Wine, Cider or Sushi vinegar are the best.  Plain white also works but may have more of a bite than the others. Small amounts of  Fruit Juices can also be added for more flavour.

Sugar- You may want to add sugar to your dressing,  or possibly some other sweetener.

Stevia -a natural sweetener is a good alternative.  A good article on this can be found at www.quick-weightloss-solutions, a site about healthy eating.  

Xylitol-is a sweetener which is called a "sugar alcohol".  The main benefit of this is that it doesn't drive up insulin levels like sugar does.  More info on this is here:

Other Ingredients Ideas:

1-Vegetables- Carrots, Celery,  Cucumber,  Mushrooms, Olives,  Onions, Peas, Peppers, Radish, Shallots,  Tomatoes.

2-Fruits- Apple, Avocado, Berries, Grapes, Pear, Raisins and any other dried fruit.

3-Nuts- Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, Hazelnuts.

4-Seeds- Sunflower, Pumpkin, Poppy, Sesame.

5-Cheese- Too many to list but any kind you have will do.

More Broccoli Salad Recipe Pages....

Broccoli Apple Salad  -A nice crunchy salad with pecans and a creamy or oil & vinegar dressing...

Broccoli Bacon Salads-Crispy smoky bacon with tasty dressings, 1 with cheese as well...

Broccoli Cauliflower Salads-Lots of goodness here, 2 different salads with great dressings and other ingredients...

Broccoli Cashew Salad-One recipe with bacon & raisins, one with sprouts & mandarin oranges...

Broccoli Cranberry Salad-Made with dried cranberries or whole berry sauce from the can, you can add a little turkey to make it a leftover turkey sandwich alternative...

Broccoli Grape Salad -Fresh grapes, almonds & bacon with a creamy mayo/mustard dressing...

Broccoli Salad with Raisins-2 versions, one with creamy dressing, one with oil & vinegar...

Broccoli Walnut Salad-One standard recipe and a "Waldorf Style" with apples, grapes and celery...

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