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Crunchy Broccoli Salad

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


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
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.

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  • ms11145
    Mar 17, 2019

    Such a pretty salad. Love it. I left off the bacon since I am a vegetarian.

  • cmdaiber
    Mar 29, 2018

    I love this recipe. It is easy to make and tastes great! I plan to make it for Easter this year. It is a good replacement for all the heavy casserole dishes the family makes. What I love is the night before when I make it the broccoli turns REALLY bright green from the vinegar. It is a real eye popper when you take the lid off. So for the people in your family that are trying to be good and not eat the heavy stuff they will appreciate this salad. I do not change anything in this recipe. That being said I am curious how Stevia would work as the sugar replacement. It's only 2 Tablespoons though so does it really matter?

  • misscoffeepot
    Mar 6, 2017

    Light, refreshing- perfect for a summer side. Easy to leave off the bacon for a vegetarian.

  • mumsay
    Sep 24, 2016

    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.

  • juicyfruit007
    Mar 22, 2016

    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.

  • Chris-Dan
    Mar 1, 2016

    I like a red onion in this and chopped walnuts instead of sunflower seeds...

  • Parkhart
    Sep 30, 2015

    Awesome! It’s one we use ofton.

  • bellejake
    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!

  • lpeters86
    Jun 17, 2015

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

  • HondaRhonda
    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!