Crunchy Broccoli Salad Recipe
- 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
- 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.
3/4 cup: 121 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 233mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.
Reviews for Crunchy Broccoli Salad
"I followed the recipe with the exception of using balsamic vinegar and bacon bits. I'm not a big fan of raw broccoli, but this recipe is really good and I'll be making it again for sure."
"I was very leery of the raw broccoli and almost decided to steam it a little first, but I'm glad I didn't. I made this recipe as indicated and we really liked it. Even the kids cleaned their plates without complaint."
"I like a red onion in this and chopped walnuts instead of sunflower seeds..."
"Awesome! It’s one we use ofton."
"Great light broccoli salad compared to the heavy mayo ones out there. Very refreshing for summertime."
"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!"
"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 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."
"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."
"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!"
"I use a similar recipe but use cider vinegar and raisins as well as red onion instead of green. My favorite"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Served this for Easter dinner this year and it was a HUGE hit...GREAT FLAVOR...Will definitely be making this again."
"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!"
"Love this salad. A nice change to the usual mayo dressing types. No changes needed here!"
"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!"
"This salad was instantly adopted as a favorite at our house and my companion has requested it be served on a weekly basis."
"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!"
"Yummy! Light and fresh flavor; sweet and salty. I did substitute turkey bacon."
"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."
"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 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)."
"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."
"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"
"It's one of my families favorite salads for summer."
"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.."
"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."
"Very yummy...a great use of broccoli"
"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."
"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 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."
"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."
"i thought it was amazing"
"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!!"
"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."
"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!!"
"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."
"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."
"Have used this recipe for several years....one of the best!"
"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:)"
"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.""
"use fresh cranberries bit sour, but better for you"
"I have been making a very similar version of this recipe for 20 years - it is so delicious. I will try this version soon!"
"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."
"very good crunchy"
"I've made this salad before, and sometimes use raisins instead of cranberries. I find it best made 2 hours prior to serving."
"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."
"I would replace Cranberries with cauliflower"
"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."
"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"
"I have been making this for years and my family loves it. :)"
"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."
"I love this broccoli salad recipe. It is even better after a night in the refrigerator marinating."
"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."
"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."
"Awesome, fast & easy!!"
"We LOVE this recipe. It tastes so good. We are happy just eating it alone and without anything else. It is so good."
"Light & sweet and so yummy. Even the family members not so crazy about brocolli -loved it!"
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"This recipe is amazing! I have made it numerous times. It's really good days after you make it."
"great salad. Tastes as good as traditional one made with mayo. Will definitely make again."