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!
Sweet Broccoli Salad Recipe
I know, I know, we’re a little past the point in the year when you guys are eager for salads and fresh side dishes. But better to be a little late to the party than not show up at all without a word. If you’re like me, though, you’re still squeezing the last bit out of summer and planning those last few barbecues. This past weekend was one such event for us and I just had to bring this new-to-me recipe to the party!
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, am I right?
Well, needless to say… I went back for seconds and then another two bowls while I caught up on Outlander 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.
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!
I loved that I could make this salad up in less than 20 minutes and I didn’t have to cook anything like 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!
More Summer-inspired Recipes!
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad
- Sangria Slushies
- Antipasti Pasta Salad
- Strawberry Daiquiri
What’s In The Dressing For Broccoli Salad?
A mix of vinegar, sugar, and mayonnaise.
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.
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).
Watch How to Make Broccoli Salad in the Video!
- 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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Post Updated: March 31, 2017