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Fresh Broccoli/Mandarin Salad

I write a food column for our local newspaper, and I consider myself a pretty good judge of recipes. But I'll admit I was surprised by this one—I didn't think the usual ingredients would go together as well as they do. —Connie Blommers, Pella, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • SALAD:
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets, 1-inch cuts
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced in 1/8-inch-thick rings
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins


  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and mustard. Combine vinegar and water. Stir into sugar mixture until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg and yolk; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in mayonnaise and butter. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Chill.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine the broccoli, mushrooms, onion, oranges, bacon, almonds and raisins. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Store in refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 227 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • contrarywife
    Dec 15, 2017

    Fabulous salad I've been making for years for special dinners and holidays.

  • bidisc
    Mar 15, 2017

    Love this recipe, it disappears quickly when I make it!

  • momof29
    Nov 21, 2012

    No comment left

  • kayesandra
    Sep 17, 2011

    This salad was DELICIOUS!! The different combination of ingredients was outstanding...the yummy custard dressing really made it. I made the recipe as written & wouldn't change a thing. Thanks, Connie.

  • Phyllis-curtis
    Sep 12, 2011

    Doubled the recipe for my church group. Several wanted the recipe. I will definately make this again. The ingredients work really well together. I will leave out the mushrooms as I don't find they add anything.

  • conniej82
    Sep 10, 2011

    I used about half of the dressing when I tossed it together. Too sweet for my husband but not for me. Served it with grilled talipia.

  • getavilla
    Sep 6, 2011

    I've made similar broccoli salads but none with the yummy custard dressing and mandarin slices. Excellent recipe and this will be another of my favorites from Taste of Home. p.s. I didn't have a red onion but used a Georgia Vildalia onion instead.

  • sstetzel
    Sep 6, 2011

    Ground mustard is a spice, powder form.

  • campisigal
    Sep 6, 2011

    Quick question? When it calls for 1 tsp. of ground mustard, is that mustard powder or actual mustard from a jar?

  • mlongridge
    Sep 6, 2011

    I made this recipe as written and loved it! I know I'll be making this one again.