Salads

Broccoli Craisin Salad

This amazing Broccoli Salad recipe includes broccoli, raisins, coleslaw, craisins and bacon. It’s sweet and sour, crunchy and so very delicious – perfect for a side dish salad or as a potluck salad.

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I’m happy to share one of my favourite vegetable side salads, it really is the best broccoli salad out there. If you are looking for another great salad recipe to try, you simply must try this Taco Salad, this garden-fresh pasta salad, or the amazing BLT Pasta Salad!

This classic broccoli salad with craisens recipe is an all time favourite of mine. It was given to me at a school potluck. When you taste a great recipe, you ask for it. Needless to say it was a crowd pleaser, because when I went back for seconds, it was gone.

See the trend here? You can really get some great salad recipes when going to gatherings, it’s like a collection of everyones much-loved dishes. It’s how I got this Ramen Noodle Salad recipe!

I make this easy broccoli salad year-round.. Not only can you put it together very quickly, but during the summer months I crave meals that don’t require heating up the house. You know, something that nourishes yet also cools you down?

Yet, this is also the best Christmas Broccoli Salad, a perfect side salad for the holiday season and for Christmas dinner. Not only do the colours of the fresh broccoli florets and craisens fit the season, the taste is worthy of joining a holiday meal.

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This cold broccoli salad recipe is crunchy, and full of flavours thanks to the dressing, raisins, craisins and sunflower seeds. If you aren’t aware, craisens are a brand of dried cranberries. You can also use raisens in a pinch, yet I don’t skip out on using cried cranberries.

This delicious broccoli salad has the best creamy dressing. I add some coleslaw salad into mine as well, and it just completes it!


How to Make Broccoli Salad

While the fill recipe is below in the recipe card, here are the salad ingredients you’ll need:

  • fresh broccoli
  • bag prepared Coleslaw
  • golden raisins
  • craisins (they are a brand of dried cranberries, or use raisens in a pinch)
  • roasted and salted sunflower seeds
  • bacon, cooked and chopped
  • mayonaise
  • white sugar
  • apple cider vinegar

To Make: Combine Broccoli, coleslaw, craisins, raisins and crumbled bacon into a large mixing bowl. In a separate small bowl, mix together the tangy dressing ingredients, and pour over the broccoli mixture.

Toss well to evenly coat and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Right before serving, add the sunflower seeds and toss again to evenly mix. You can serve this salad right in the large bowl you made it in.

As you can see, this is an easy recipe to make the best broccoli salad recipe, you’ll love the little crunch and the little time it takes to make.

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To Store: Place this salad into an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Unlike most salads, this one is almost better the day after – which is why it needs to be chilled for at least 2 hours before eating. I adore the crunchy broccoli, bacon bits, and the creamy homemade dressing. It’s also the best salad recipe for enjoying the next day as well.

So, you can make this in the morning before you head out for some fun – and this delicious side dish is ready and waiting for you! All you have to do is toss in the broccoli salad dressing.

I know the summer is all about macaroni salad and potato salad, yet this could easily replace them for being different and loaded with taste.


Tips to make this fresh broccoli salad recipe:

  • When I half this favorite broccoli salad recipe, it feeds our family for one meal. Make the entire portion for entertaining or to ensure you have leftovers. It makes for a great side dish to accompany so main mains.
  • Precise measurements isn’t required, so add more or less of the ingredients, as desired. 
  • You can also add the following optional ingredients, to make this recipe your own: chopped red onion, shredded cheddar cheese,

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Broccoli Craisin Salad

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
resting time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

This amazing Broccoli Craisin Salad recipe includes broccoli, raisins, cole slaw, craisins and bacon. It’s sweet and sour, crunchy and so very delicious – perfect for a side dish salad or as a potluck salad.

Ingredients

FOR THE SALAD

  • 4 heads broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 bag prepared Coleslaw {more or less if desired}
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1 cup roasted and salted sunflower seeds
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped

FOR THE DRESSING

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Mix Broccoli, coleslaw, craisins, raisins and crumbled bacon in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients and pour over the broccoli mixture.
  3. Toss well to evenly coat and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  4. Right before serving, add the sunflower seeds and toss again to evenly mix.
  5. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 755Saturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 569mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 13gSugar: 32gProtein: 20g

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48 Comments

  1. That sounds like a perfect summer salad to me. I love Craisins and I bet adding them to a salad gives it a nice little tang.

  2. It’s a rare salad that tastes as good as or even better on day two. You pretty much sold me with that line.

  3. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I will definitely have to make this. Love broccoli ♥

  4. This sounds delish! I wouldn’t have thought to put all of this together!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  5. This looks beautiful and delicious! What a great salad it would be to take to a gathering 🙂

  6. Oh yum! This looks fantastic! I just added the ingredients I need to my grocery list! Making this tomorrow! 😀 Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. I love that you added sunflower seeds… a salad like this is awesome, especially with the extra crunch! thanks for sharing

  8. I’ve made this salad before and think it is absolutely delicious! My kids are not huge fans though.

  9. Mmmm this salad is just what I need to put together with a nice BBQ’d steak tonight for supper! Thanks for sharing this recipe with all of us!

  10. That looks amazing! I loev broccoli but have never tried it in a salad. I’m gonna pick these ingredients up and make it soon

  11. This sounds like a great summer recipe to serve with our barbecues. Broccoli is so healthy for people to eat and this is just another great way to get my husband to eat it.

  12. I have to say that I have a love affair with craisins! They are amazing to add to everything from stuffing to salads and even homemade cereal bars

  13. I make a similar one but throw in some cooked pasta as well, and I agree it tastes so much better after it sits!

  14. This sounds delicious and I was telling my son about it for a BBQ we were having and his reply was “it sounds great Mom but how about adding some bacon”. It actually might be good , but I;m not sure how healthy it would be?

  15. Looks perfect and I can guarantee no one else will be bringing it! It is also great for kids that tend to like something sweet in their salads. It can be a struggle to bring salads when you have to travel a bit to get to your destination. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. I have bookmarked this salad and am going out to get the ingredients. I love the idea that it is good the next day.

  17. Yum! This sounds like a very delicious combination 🙂 Thank you for sharing it with us!

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