Fresh Broccoli Salad with Lemon Recipe
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Fresh Broccoli Salad with Lemon Recipe

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The slightly sweet flavor of this salad's dressing is a great contrast to the rich bacon. You can swap in cauliflower for the broccoli if you prefer. —Janet Roth, Tempe, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 14 cups small broccoli florets (about 2-1/4 pounds)
  • 12 ounces fresh mushrooms, stems removed, chopped
  • 16 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • Lemon wedges, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 222 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 520 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 8 g protein.


  1. Place the first eight ingredients in a blender; cover and process until smooth.
  2. In a large bowl, combine broccoli, mushrooms, bacon, raisins and onion. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. If desired, serve with lemon wedges. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup each).
Originally published as Fresh Broccoli Salad with Lemon in Taste of Home June/July 2014

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Reviewed Jul. 31, 2015

"It was a nice taste change form other broccoli salads, but though it was just average."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

"My husband and I loved this salad. We did substitute dried cranberries for the raisins. We plan on using the sauce for other dishes. It was perfect for our family reunion picnic."

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2014

"I made this for a potluck and got rave reviews! I've made other broccoli salads before, but the addition of mushrooms and cream cheese in the dressing bumped this one ahead of the others for me. I used regular mayonnaise instead of reduced-fat, and I used an immersion blender to combine the dressing ingredients.

The amount of dressing was perfect for the amount of dry ingredients, but since my largest bowl was barely big enough, I mixed the ingredients and dressing together in smaller batches first, which coated everything evenly. You will need a pretty large bowl for this one!"

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2014

"I have made similar recipes of this broccoli salad. I liked this recipe's addition of mushrooms and lemon, but I did not care for the mustard."

Reviewed Jun. 5, 2014

"I have several recipes for this type of salad, but I like the addition of mushrooms (extra fiber) and lemon juice. I did not have cream cheese so subbed extra mayo (regular mayo instead of reduced-fat; reduced-fat mayo has a "sweet" taste and I felt regular mayo would counteract that). The salad seemed "dry" so I made a mini batch of dressing and after it was folded in, the salad tasted great. This recipe is right up there with the others, possibly better!"

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