Crunchy Broccoli Raisin Salad

12 Sep

serve crunchy broccoli raisin salad

What’s tangy, crunchy, and sweet, all at the same time?  What makes kids want to munch on those little green trees that are so nutritious?  Answer: Broccoli Raisin Salad!  Well, okay, you may have to omit the onions if you’re serving to children… and sprinkle bacon-bits on top…

ingredients for broccoli raisin salad

chop broccoli florets

1. Toss into a big bowl:

  • 1 bunch of broccoli, cut into florets, about 3 cups chopped (you can blanch first if you prefer)
  • ½ cup of raisins (brown or yellow or both)
  • ½ cup of sunflower seeds (plain preferred; or can use roasted, or salted)
  • chop red onion

    ½ cup chopped red onions


add raisins to the salad

2. Whisk all dressing ingredients together until sugar is dissolved, then taste it:

  • squeeze lemon into mayo

    1 cup mayonnaise (homemade is best)

  • 2 Tablespoon lemon juice (or balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, or distilled white vinegar)
  • 1/3 cup honey (or ¼ cup sugar or ½ cup powdered sugar)
  • Cracked peppercorn

add honey & whisk dressing


3. Pour dressing over broccoli mix.

pour dressing onto salad

4. Toss until everything is coated.

5. Top with bacon-bits or crumbled turkey bacon, if desired.

Let it sit and marinate for at least 15 minutes; then stir again to re-toss the dressing & nuts at the bottom.

Use nuts and raisins that are as fresh as possible, otherwise they give the dressing a bad flavor.

Best if made fresh; but if you have to make it ahead of time, stir in the nuts just before serving; otherwise they may get soggy.  You can refrigerate; but be sure to let it sit out for about 30 minutes & then re-toss before serving.

save broccoli stems

Double the recipe when serving to a crowd.

Tip:  Save the broccoli stems (softer stems near the florets) in a ziploc bag.  Put them in the freezer for broccoli soup or chowder later!

Broccoli raisin salad is a fun recipe that is always a big hit at potlucks, picnics, and family BBQs.  It’s from my uncle, who got it from my sister-in-law’s dad so I guess it’s a family recipe, but not too much of a secret!  Which is a great thing because now I can share it with you…  This is just too yummy to keep secret!!

crunchy broccoli raisin salad


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