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Crunchy Broccoli Salad Recipe

Crunchy Broccoli Salad Recipe

Growing up, I never liked broccoli, but I’m hooked on this salad’s light, sweet taste. It gives broccoli a whole new look.—Jessica Conrey, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:10 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 1 pound)
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels
  • 3 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine broccoli, green onions and cranberries. In a small bowl, whisk oil, vinegar and sugar until blended; drizzle over broccoli mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Sprinkle with sunflower kernels and bacon before serving. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 121 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 233 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

Reviews for Crunchy Broccoli Salad

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"Awesome! It’s one we use ofton."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2015

"This is a yummy salad! It is often my go to salad for summer time- I also make it in winter as it is so good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"Great light broccoli salad compared to the heavy mayo ones out there. Very refreshing for summertime."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2015

"Absolutely delicious! I made half the recipe (but went ahead and used the full dressing amount) and everyone loved the flavor combination. Even our youngest family member who NEVER eats broccoli tried it and ate an entire serving. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you for sharing it, Jessica!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2015

"I love broccoli salad; however, I find that blanching the broccoli a bit helps it digest better ad helps lessen some of the other broccoli effects."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2015

"My husband who "doesn't like broccoli" loves broccoli salad. This is a good way to serve good for you veggies. This one is different than the usual one w/mayonnaise, a nice change. Thank you."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014 Edited Jul. 18, 2015

"I upgraded my previous review to 5 stars...made it per the recipe with Rice Vinegar and green onions!!! Yummy! The first time I used red wine vinegar and red onions."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014

"I love this salad!! Be sure to find FRESH sunflower seeds, though. So many stores keep nuts for a long time and sunflowers are notorious for turning rancid and have a bitter taste - even if the package has not "expired". I've found shelled, unsalted pistachios to have a better flavor in this salad. Love using the naturally sweet rice vinegar, fresh bacon bits and diced red onion!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2014

"I use a similar recipe but use cider vinegar and raisins as well as red onion instead of green. My favorite"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 27, 2014

"This salad is AMAZING!! I use red wine vinegar insted of rice vinegar, mainly because that is the vinegar I always have on hand. The flavor is excellent and everyone seems to enjoy it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2014

"I have made this salad many times. It taste just like the store bought ones. When I make it I put sliced red onions in it so my picky husband can take them out. He just has never like raw onions. I also use bacon bits instead of bacon strips. It saves time and cleanup. Thank you Jessica for sharing this wonderful recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2013

"I took it to a bbq and it received many compliments. I followed the recipe exactly except I used a couple extra slices of bacon."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"Served this for Easter dinner this year and it was a HUGE hit...GREAT FLAVOR...Will definitely be making this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2013

"My husband and I both loved this, though my son (who's normally a broccoli fan) was not keen on the cranberries. I was happy to have leftovers for lunch this week!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"Love this salad. A nice change to the usual mayo dressing types. No changes needed here!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"My boyfriend has been trying to lighten up and eat healthier, but he does not like raw broccoli and I am not fond of it either. I blanched the broccoli for 2 minutes as a few people had recommended in previous comments and it was perfect. We both loved it! It was also easy to make and what little we had left tasted better the next day. Great light recipe!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"This salad was instantly adopted as a favorite at our house and my companion has requested it be served on a weekly basis."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2012

"I made this for Easter dinner 2012 and our guests kept calling me for the recipe. The rice vinegar gives the salad a very nice flavor. I would recommend this recipe over and over."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2012

"Good salad"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2012

"I tripled this recipe for a huge church meal this past Sunday. People who don't like broccoli even scarfed it down! I tripled the main ingredients, but I had to make five times the amount of dressing for it to be moist enough. Worked like a charm, and I had a few people asking for the recipe! Enjoy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 19, 2012

"Yummy! Light and fresh flavor; sweet and salty. I did substitute turkey bacon."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 3, 2012

"This wasn't bad, but it just didn't have as much flavor as another broccoli salad I make. This rating is more for me so I know not to try it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"Have now made this at least 5 times and it disappears in 2 days! My husband loves it as well as everyone I serve it to!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"My oil was a bit old and I didn't have any rice vinegar so I use Red Wine vinegar. It was pretty good. I always use real bacon bits instead of having to cook bacon.

I did blanch the broccoli and it was great. I felt like I needed to use the water for something afterwards so I made some mac n cheese for the kids for dinner. (I only halved the recipe of salad)."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"I made this with the following changes: olive and white vinegar (what I already had on hand) and one 3 green onions. I thought this was delicious and light. It had just the right sweetness and crunch. I will definitely made this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"Made for Easter dinner family get together. Most of it got eaten, but no applause. I may try this again with a basic slaw dressing"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"It's one of my families favorite salads for summer."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"Love this broccoli salad...I have made it several times and everyone loves it too. If you do not have cranberries use raisins they are a great substitute.."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"Very good, my husband really likes it too. I blanched the broc first. The favors really come together when you let sit in the frig overnight, before serving."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"Very yummy...a great use of broccoli"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"It was a good recipe and the veggies kept their crunch. I did use a little extra bacon, and blanched the veggies for a brief 15 seconds. This gave them the bright green appearance while still maintaining the integrity of a raw salad. Since I didn't have cranberries, I sprinkled the salad with a bleu cheese cranberry crumble before serving."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"Have made this one regularly for several years. Sometimes use red onion instead of green. We don't care for raisins mixed in so I sub. mandarin orange slices -- they're easy to peel and so worth the effort."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"My husband and I made this easy and delicious salad to go with our hamburgers on the grill!! We will definitely make it again. It is very easy and the leftovers stored well."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2012

"This is aholiday favorite for years. Usually has raisins but since I don't care for them I have used green grapes halved. - delicious. My family always thought grapes were the normal ingredient."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2012

"i thought it was amazing"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"To blanch means to bring water to a boil , should be just enough to cover your broccoli, I add a little salt to flavor the broccoli, and to cook in the water maybe 3 to 5 minutes. It will brighten the broccoli to a lovely green and soften it some so it is not so "raw / crunchy".  Don't cook it too long however or it can get soggy. Just long enough to be "crisp / tender "  especially for this salad.  But your not finished yet.  To stop the broccoli from becoming soggy because it is hot when you remove it from the boiling water, you must stop the cooking by plunging in an ice bath~  which is simply a bowl of water with ice cubes. When it feels cool to you then remove,  drain well and pat dry. Now you are ready to proceed with salad and your broccoli should be a beautiful green color. Have fun!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"Just remember if you are using truly fresh (not gassed from mass producing to kill worms) you need to do the blanching and plunge in ice water cause a worm is NOT good to eat and it happens and like a previous reviewer, its still crisp."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"I realize I am late to the game, but blanching really helps if, like me, you don't like raw broccoli. Don't blanch for longer than 2 min or it gets mushy. Also, I use homemade mayo instead of canola oil (although I use commercial if I take to a potluck) also use organic honey instead of sugar...don't think any of this changes the taste. Nice recipe!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"The only reason I am giving this one star but it is because Broccoli, cauliflower or any other cruciferous vegie should be blanched in boiling water for at least 3 minutes and immediately cooled. This type of vegie harbors any number of pathogens or bugs, worms and even infant snails and one should really blanch first any raw vegie.

Keep yourself healthy. Treatments for Parasites are not pleasent."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"I love this recipe...and like it with raisins as well. Does kiltyone have a stick up her back side or what? WHO blanches vegetables for a salad? NO ONE. This is a great spring recipe...fresh and alive tasting."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"Have used this recipe for several years....one of the best!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"One of my sure to please salads! I often add either seedless green grapes, cut in half or golden raisins...and I use a good cole slaw prepared dressing...saves lots of time and very yummy:)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"HAVEN'T MADE YET, BUT WILL, I GAVE IT 5 STARS BECAUSE I LIKE ALL INGREDIENTS LISTED, AND ALSO HAVE USED THAT "SLAW" BOTTLED DRESSING, ALTHOUGH IT ISN'T CHEAP.

I AM 65 AND LEARNING MY WAY AROUND THE KITCHEN, SO I AM WONDERING WHAT IT MEANS TO "BLANCH.""

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"use fresh cranberries bit sour, but better for you"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"I have been making a very similar version of this recipe for 20 years - it is so delicious. I will try this version soon!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"L:ove this recipe however, I don't like the big chuncks of the florets, so I buy the shredded broccoli in the bag, like the carrots. It is still crunchy but I like the presentation better."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"very good crunchy"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"I've made this salad before, and sometimes use raisins instead of cranberries. I find it best made 2 hours prior to serving."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"I took this to a work party where it literally was the only healthy dish at the party. THIS was more popular than brownies. It is yummy-yummy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"I would replace Cranberries with cauliflower"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"Family favorite for years. Hint if you're pressed for time or feeling lazy: Buy a jar of Marzetti Slaw Dressing (or the lite version of same) and use that for the dressing. Really can't tell the difference."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"I haven't tried this but plan to soon. I just wanted to comment that the American Dietetic Association believes that washing your broccoli in cool water is sufficient. Blanching is not necessary"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"I have been making this for years and my family loves it. :)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"You all seem to be forgetting that this salad should be made using only blanched broccoli or other vegetables. There are too many pathogens and other critters living in unblanced products. In todays world with all the recalls be sure and blanch your products at least three mins and then plunge into ice water so everything is still very crispy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"I love this broccoli salad recipe. It is even better after a night in the refrigerator marinating."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

"Excellent. I have made this twice now and it's a permanent recipe in our house. I did leave out the bacon and added extra cranberries. Very good dressing. Not overbearing."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"Very good. I used cider vinegar instead of rice, vidalia onion instead of green, and pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower. Didn't have the originals called for, and felt these were close subs. The dressing is just enough to cover thoroughly without drowining the broccoli. I'll make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2010

"Awesome, fast & easy!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"We LOVE this recipe. It tastes so good. We are happy just eating it alone and without anything else. It is so good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"Light & sweet and so yummy. Even the family members not so crazy about brocolli -loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 10, 2010

"Wow...this salad is so good. The tangy, sweet and salty taste works well together. Everyone wants me to make this dish at family gatherings."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 8, 2010

"FANTASTIC! I love the combination of the dressing with the cranberries with the saltiness of the almonds (I used sliced almonds instead of sunflower kernels). So good!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2010

"This was even better than I anticipated! I reduced the oil to 1 tablespoon and used real bacon bits. Next time I will try reducing the sugar and the seeds to lower the calories further. I can't wait to have my leftovers tonight!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2010

"I used regular vinegar with some sugar in it and it was amazing. it is better after it sits in refrigerator for a couple of days. would definetly make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2010

"This recipe is amazing! I have made it numerous times. It's really good days after you make it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2010

"great salad. Tastes as good as traditional one made with mayo. Will definitely make again."

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