Crunchy Broccoli Salad

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This Crunchy Broccoli Salad combines a variety of crunchy vegetables along with sweet raisins, dried cranberries, salty sunflower seeds, and a delicious creamy cider coleslaw dressing.  Whether enjoying as a side dish for dinner or a healthy lunch, this salad’s a winner!

A while ago I published a recipe for Curried Couscous Salad.  This broccoli salad has a similar story.  It was inspired by a salad I tried from the deli of a grocery store.  I enjoyed it enough that I brought some extra home to me to develop a copycat version.  I haven’t been able to stop eating it since.   I’m not kidding.  I made this batch and then made a TRIPLE batch of it a few days later!  And I’m still not tired of it!  Yes, it’s that good.  I’ve been trying to shed a couple of pounds I put on through some recent naughty indulgences and this has been the perfect diet food.  Just vegetables and seeds with only 2 tablespoons of honey for the entire batch.

But I had some competition.  Believe it or not, my 2 year old daughter LOVES this stuff.  Every time I dished up a bowl for me, she came and sat down beside me asking for more and more.  She ate most of my serving each time.  So now I know to dish up an extra bowl of it every time I have some.

I had my family sample the original deli version and my version without knowing which was which.  The vote was unanimous:  This one’s the clear the winner.  Fresher, more flavorful, and without any of the nasty chemicals and ingredients that often go even into “healthy” store-bought foods.

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This salad makes a wonderful side dish.  Serve it with anything you would normally serve coleslaw with or any number of chicken dishes, just for example.  It also makes a satisfying lunch as a larger serving.

Give it a try – you’ll love it!

Let’s get started!

Combine all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl or bottle and stir or shake until combined and the honey is completely dissolved.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

Broccoli Salad prep 1

Finely chop the broccoli.  Yes, you can use a food processor for chopping all the veggies.  I just like to chop it by hand – it’s therapeutic.

Broccoli Salad prep 2

Finely dice the celery and carrot.

Broccoli Salad prep 3

Finely dice the red onion.

Broccoli Salad prep 5

Measure out the raisins, dried cranberries, and toasted sunflower seeds.

Broccoli Salad prep 4

Place all the salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Broccoli Salad prep 6

Pour the dressing over it and stir to combine.

Broccoli Salad prep 7

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving, stirring once or twice.

Broccoli Salad prep 9

Enjoy!  This salad will keep in the refrigerator for at least 3 days.

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creamy crunchy broccoli salad recipe raisins cranberries nuts sunflower seeds

Crunchy Broccoli Salad

Kimberly Killebrew

Whether enjoying this as a side dish for dinner or as a healthy lunch, this Crunchy Broccoli Salad is a winner!

Print Recipe

5

from

9

votes

Prep Time

15

mins

Total Time

15

mins

Course

Salad, Side Dish

Cuisine

American

Servings

8

servings

Calories

269

kcal

Ingredients

  

  • 6

    cups

    finely chopped broccoli florets and stems

    (about 2 large broccoli crowns)

  • 1/2

    cup

    finely diced celery

  • 1/2

    cup

    finely diced carrot

  • 1/3

    cup

    finely diced red onion

  • 1/2

    cup

    raisins

  • 1/3

    cup

    dried cranberries

  • 1/3

    cup

    toasted sunflower seed kernels

  • For the Cider Coleslaw Dressing:

  • 3/4

    cup

    mayonnaise

  • 1

    tablespoon

    DIjon mustard

  • 2

    tablespoons

    honey

  • 1/4

    cup

    apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4

    teaspoon

    turmeric

  • 1/2

    teaspoon

    onion powder

  • 1/2

    teaspoon

    garlic powder

  • 1

    teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1

    teaspoon

    salt

Instructions

 

  • Combine the ingredients for the dressing in a bottle and shake to combine until the honey is completely dissolved. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  • Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl, pour the dressing over, and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving, stirring once or twice.

Nutrition

Calories:

269

kcal

|

Carbohydrates:

24

g

|

Protein:

4

g

|

Fat:

19

g

|

Saturated Fat:

3

g

|

Cholesterol:

9

mg

|

Sodium:

483

mg

|

Potassium:

384

mg

|

Fiber:

4

g

|

Sugar:

10

g

|

Vitamin A:

1804

IU

|

Vitamin C:

63

mg

|

Calcium:

47

mg

|

Iron:

1

mg

Keyword

Broccoli Salad

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