This Broccoli Salad is an easy, crunchy, and lightly sweetened side salad that’s perfect for BBQs and more! Made with fresh broccoli, grapes, cheese, sunflower seeds, bacon, and a delightful dressing!
This Broccoli Salad is going to be an absolute hit with friends and family! It’s loaded with crunchy broccoli florets, salt bits of bacon, sweet red grapes, and so much more!
A few weeks ago at a family get-together, my mother-in-law whipped up this salad. Normally, I’m not a huge fan of broccoli slaws and salads because I always find them to have an unpleasant amount of mayo and vinegar.
I reluctantly tried a little bit… don’t want to upset the mother-in-law, amirite?
Well, needless to say… I went back for seconds and then another two bowls of this Broccoli Salad that night! It was sooooo good!
I asked her where she got the recipe and she said one of her best friends had been making it for years. Clearly, I’ve been missing out on this vintage recipe!
So what was it about this broccoli salad that made me actually like love it?
Yup, that’s right… this fresh salad has sugar in it and it completely changes the dynamic of the dressing… for the better!
It’s not sweet like a dessert, but it cuts the mayo and vinegar perfectly and pairs nicely with the saltiness of the bacon. Add the crunch of the broccoli and a few extra bits of deliciousness and this salad is a real winner!
How To Make It
This is a really simple recipe to make, simply cut broccoli crowns into small florets and add to a large bowl along with the bacon pieces, sunflower seeds, cheddar cheese, and grapes to the mix.
In a small bowl, whisk together mayo and red wine vinegar and add it and the sugar to the broccoli mixture and toss until evenly coated.
Let chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
Do I Need to Blanch the Broccoli in this Salad?
I don’t, but you can, if you do, make sure to let broccoli cool before mixing it with other ingredients.
How Do You Blanch Broccoli?
Once your pot of water begins to boil, carefully place the cut broccoli into the boiling water. Begin counting blanching time once the water returns to a boil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
I loved that I could make this salad up in less than 20 minutes and I didn’t have to cook anything as you do with pasta and potato salads.
So, it might be late in the season, but I urge you to make an excuse to whip up this broccoli salad and serve it alongside some BBQ Chicken!
You won’t regret it and your friends and family will be begging for the simple and sweet recipe!
Is Broccoli Salad Good For You?
I’m no dietician, but I would say that while it’s not bad for you, it’s not a lean side dish. If you want to lighten this dish up, try an apple cider vinegar and an olive oil mayonnaise, and probably skip the sugar (sad, I know).
More Summer Inspired Recipes!
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad
- Sangria Slushies
- Antipasti Pasta Salad
- Spaghetti Salad
- Strawberry Daiquiri
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- 2 broccoli crowns
- 1 3- ounce package pre-cooked bacon pieces*
- 1/2 cup dry roasted sunflower seeds
- 1 8- ounce block cheddar cheese diced
- 1 cup red grapes chopped
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- Clean and cut broccoli crowns into small florets and add to large bowl.
- Add the bacon pieces, sunflower seeds, cheddar cheese, and grapes to the mix.
- In a small bowl, whisk together mayo and red wine vinegar.
- Add dressing and sugar to the broccoli mix and toss until evenly coated.
- Let chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
- You can cook your bacon up fresh if you prefer, use about 1/2 cup of bacon pieces.
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Comments & Reviews
Such an easy peasy veggie recipe! Love it!
This salad looks amazing. Who’da thought that sugar in the dressig would make such a difference!
Linda Douglas says
Love the sound of this sweet broccoli salad , will give this a try ….
I know, I thought I was going to have to cook it and when she gave me the recipe I was surprised that I didn’t. It softens up a bit with the dressing and it’s so good!
Kathrin @ Ginger, Lemon & Spice says
I need to try this!! I can’t really imagine what raw broccoli tastes like, but I’m willing to try 😉
It truly MAKES the salad! I’m so glad you stopped by and found a new recipe to try! Enjoy!
Michelle @ The Complete Savorist says
Looking over your blog I saw the words sweet and broccoli salad and I knew I found a happy place to be. I love broccoli salads. But the sweet is such a fantastic touch. YUMMY. Thank you for sharing.
This looks great! I looove broccoli salad!