Best Ever Broccoli Salad

Don’t believe me? Just try it! This Best Ever Broccoli Salad recipe is bursting with flavor! Packed full of broccoli, bacon, grapes, almonds and more – every bite is delicious!

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I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to share my mom’s broccoli salad recipe here but the day has FINALLY come. We went over to our friend’s house this weekend for a barbecue and I was asked to bring dessert and a salad.

I immediately thought of this one. It’s always such a big hit and my mom brought this to almost every family gathering. It was requested ALL THE TIME.

Don't believe me? Just try it! This Best Ever Broccoli Salad recipe is bursting with flavor! Packed full of broccoli, bacon, grapes, almonds and more - every bite is delicious! | MomOnTimeout.com

Now, I have had SO many different types of broccoli salads over the years but this one is BY FAR my favorite. And don’t think it’s because I’m biased because it’s my mom’s :)

There are several key components that make this salad special. First, the fresh seedless grapes. They provide a pop of sweetness and juiciness to the salad that other salads made with dried fruit just can’t compare with.  The grapes are sliced in half and scattered throughout the salad so that every bite is accompanied with a pop of freshness.

Second, it’s the toasted slivered almonds that do it for me every time. I love the nutty, crunchiness the almonds add to the salad and I try to get one in every bite.

Don't believe me? Just try it! This Best Ever Broccoli Salad recipe is bursting with flavor! Packed full of broccoli, bacon, grapes, almonds and more - every bite is delicious! | MomOnTimeout.com

Truth time: My most vivid memories of this salad stem from the fact that my mom would burn at least one batch of the almonds while toasting them. I can remember hearing her shouting from the kitchen “Shoot!” and in another batch would go.

Word to the wise: DO NOT LEAVE THE KITCHEN WHILE TOASTING ALMONDS. They will burn.

Third. BACON. Bacon, bacon, and more bacon. I think it’s the bacon that converted my husband because for some reason “Broccoli Salad” didn’t sound that appealing to him all on it’s own. But then he found out about the bacon. Sold.

Don't believe me? Just try it! This Best Ever Broccoli Salad recipe is bursting with flavor! Packed full of broccoli, bacon, grapes, almonds and more - every bite is delicious! | MomOnTimeout.com

The sweet dressing is poured over all this awesomeness (made of light mayo, sugar, red wine vinegar, and celery seeds) and everything is tossed together.

Don't believe me? Just try it! This Best Ever Broccoli Salad recipe is bursting with flavor! Packed full of broccoli, bacon, grapes, almonds and more - every bite is delicious! | MomOnTimeout.com

There is a  pretty amazing fragrance that starts in right about now that generates a lot of interest. My mom used to bring the dressing separate from the salad and toss it together at the last minute. I would totally do that if I ever was that prepared and thought of it. But honestly, it’s perfect either way.

Don't believe me? Just try it! This Best Ever Broccoli Salad recipe is bursting with flavor! Packed full of broccoli, bacon, grapes, almonds and more - every bite is delicious! | MomOnTimeout.com

This salad is perfect year-round but is especially well-received at summer gatherings, picnics, potlucks, barbecues and more. But it’s also a staple for us during the holidays. What can I say? We just LOVE this broccoli salad!

If you love broccoli salad, I urge you to give this one a try! I know you’ll love it just as much as I do!

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Best Ever Broccoli Salad
 
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Don't believe me? Just try it! This Best Ever Broccoli Salad recipe is bursting with flavor! Packed full of broccoli, bacon, grapes, almonds and more - every bite is delicious!
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 10 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 2 heads of broccoli broken down into small florets
  • ¾ lb bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces
  • ½ cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1½ cups red seedless grapes, halved
Instructions
  1. Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, red wine vinegar, and celery seed in a small bowl. Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Combine broccoli, bacon, toasted almonds, green onions, celery and grapes in a large serving dish.
  3. (To toast almonds, place on a large baking sheet and bake at 350F for 3-5 minutes stirring in between. Do not walk away! They will burn easily. The almonds are toasted when they turn light brown.)
  4. Toss the dressing with the rest of the salad ingredients and stir.
  5. Dressing can be added at the last minute if desired.

Don't believe me? Just try it! This Best Ever Broccoli Salad recipe is bursting with flavor! Packed full of broccoli, bacon, grapes, almonds and more - every bite is delicious! | MomOnTimeout.com

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Comments

  1. I LOVE broccoli salad. I could eat that whole batch :) It’s all the crunch and textures and flavors in one and this one looks like a true winner! Pinned :)
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  2. Love the addition of grapes to your broccoli salad! Such a perfect summer side salad!
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  3. Broccoli salad is by far my favorite mayo-based salad! Yes for textures! I love the grapes, too–definitely saving that idea for the next potluck. Hooray!
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  4. I have a broccoli salad that is a lot like this, but with Craisins and walnuts instead of grapes and almonds. But your version sounds DIVINE, especially with that dressing!
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  5. This looks amazing. I definitely will be making this one night this week. Easy and delicious! I’m sold!
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  6. This salad looks so good! What a treat! I love the red grapes and the toasted almonds – I’m looking forward to trying this!

  7. I’m a huge broccoli fan, so I must try this! Pinning.
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  8. My eyes are feasting on this delectable salad! How vibrant and yummy!
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  9. Oh this does look amazing!!! Pinning to make for lunch and bring to all of our summer potlucks ;)
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  10. I want to make this the night before and serve next day….should I wait until serving time to put the dressing on. I’m excited about trying it as it has EVERY ingredient that I enjoy!

  11. Can I use regular mayo instead of light if that’s what I already have?

  12. I’m requested to make my version of broccoli salad at every event! In mine I use, broccoli (duh), raisins, sunflower seeds and cheddar cheese! The dressing is simply mayo and sugar to taste. It’s pretty good. I sometimes switch out the raisins for cranberries or the seeds for pecans but the original is always best! Can’t wait to try your version.

  13. This broccoli salad looks amazing and I love all the ingredients you included! I am always looking for more healthy and easy recipes. I featured it in my latest post, “Kick Start The New Year #3: 15 Healthy Lunches”!

  14. I can’t wait to try this, it’s all my faves in one dish! I’m cutting down on my mayo intake. Do you think I could make an avocado based dressing without losing out on the wonderful flavor of mayo? Thanks for sharing, pinned.

  15. Do you cook the broccoli? Or is it raw?

  16. I made your recipe yesterday. I liked the idea of adding grapes instead of raisins.

  17. ELIZABETH DOBSON says:

    This was seriously THE BEST. I am vegan, so I modified this. I used 1/2 C of Vegenaise and only 1 TBSP of coconut sugar. I subbed the red wine vinegar for orange muscat champagne vinegar from Trader Joes. I thought I was going to be sad without all the sugar, but it was EFFING DELICIOUS!!! Thank you for such a fantastic recipe!

  18. Sure it was requested salad at all the time with a 1/2 cup of sugar poured into it :D

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