This is the BEST broccoli salad ever! I love that it never gets soggy, you can make it in advance and the salad doesn’t wilt like most green salads. And the salad gets better as it marinates in the dressing and other flavors! This salad is full of broccoli crowns, broccoli slaw, chopped sweet apple, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, green onions, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, and a lightened up creamy dressing.
How far in advance can I make this broccoli salad?
I love salads year-round, but I especially love them during the summer. This salad is my go-to salad for barbecues and potlucks. One thing I really love about this salad is that you can make it in advance! No wilted lettuce and it really does get better as it sits. In fact, I love to let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour before serving it. The different textures in this salad, the crispy, soft, chewy, ugh it’s all so good!
I wouldn’t make this salad more than a day in advance simply because the apple starts to brown a little bit, but even with slightly brown apples this light and creamy broccoli salad will taste delicious for days!
How many people will this broccoli salad serve?
This salad is designed to serve a crowd, so it’s perfect for taking to a barbecue or potluck! It’ll serve about 12-16 people.
If you’re making it just for your family you may want cut the recipe in half or third the recipe. Please note, in the photos shown ⅔ of the recipe, as I was making it for a smaller group.
How is this dressing lighter than traditional broccoli salad dressings?
Most classic broccoli salad recipes call for tons of mayonnaise and sugar. I’ve lightened up this dressing with part plain Greek yogurt and part light mayo, and honey, but I promise you won’t miss the extra mayonnaise and sugar.
You might also like these other potluck favorites:
- Apple Cilantro Lime Coleslaw
- Lemon Tarragon Pasta Salad
- Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad
- Jalapeno Potato Salad
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The Best Broccoli Salad
- 12 cups broccoli crowns chopped
- 3 cups broccoli slaw
- 1 medium apple about 1 cup, diced
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup shelled sunflower seeds
- ½ cup green onions thinly sliced
- 8 slices of bacon cooked until crispy and crumbled
- 1 ¼ cup cheddar cut into small cubes
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt I like Fage 0% fat
- ½ cup mayonnaise I used light
- 5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 7 tablespoons honey
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- In a very large bowl toss together all of the salad ingredients. Set aside.
- In a medium size bowl, whisk together all of the salad dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour over top of the salad and toss until salad is completely coated in dressing.
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Originally posted August 11, 2018
Loving the sound of this salad. Can't wait to try it,
Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook
I haven’t tried broccoli in salad, but this looks like an amazing recipe to try! Thanks for sharing!
Looks so good!! I have a weakness for dried cranberries in salads😍
Alyssa & Marissa
This salad has the best of everything! We especially like the apples and dried cranberry. We are going to have to make this soon.
I am absolutely loving the colors of this salad! Will be making it later this week!
Alyssa & Marissa
This salad has the best of everything! We especially like the apples and dried cranberries idea. Going to have to make this soon.