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My Favorite Broccoli Salad Recipe

My favorite broccoli salad recipe has been updated with new pictures May 2016 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project, where I add new photos to already delicious recipes!Β 

Creamy crunchy sweet and salty, this broccoli salad is always a hit! Get the recipe on

Today is my ninth wedding anniversary and I’d like to share with you all the most romantic recipe of all… my favorite broccoli salad recipe. Broccoli is very romantic.

My favorite easy broccoli salad recipe!

Not really, actually it really isn’t at all, but it makes an amazing side dish to share with those you love. Or dinner for you, straight out of the bowl, when your sweetie is away. Not that I’m speaking from experience there. πŸ˜‰ And this is my favorite broccoli salad recipe, ever. I love it, and today is about love.

Creamy crunchy sweet and salty, this broccoli salad is always a hit! Get the recipe on

On a side note, If you’re curious as to how a food blogger celebrates a wedding anniversary, we are planning a night of Spanish tapas and delicious Paso Robles wine at home. Because the weekend Friday night restaurant rush in suburbia just doesn’t sound very exciting or special to be honest.

My favorite easy broccoli salad recipe!

But let’s talk broccoli now shall we? I know everyone has a broccoli salad recipe they’ve tried. Some are very heavy on the dressing, some have bacon, others are vinaigrette-based, but none have ever measured up to this one for me. This is my go-to, my personal favorite, one I make without even measuring ingredients most of the time because I know the flavor profile by heart. It’s just creamy enough, with crunchy broccoli bits, sweet dried cranberries, and toasted nuts. If you have a nut allergy (or don’t have any in the house), you can skip the nuts. But when I have them, I like to add them in.

My favorite easy broccoli salad recipe!

I look forward to warm weather every year so I can make this salad. It’s a great side for picnics and barbecues. We recently enjoyed it with some Kansas City ribs the Godfather made, and it was a very complimentary side dish. It’s a salad that takes just minutes to make, especially if you have pre-toasted nuts, and you can make it up to a day in advance. The firm vegetables keep the dressed salad from getting soggy. I usually assemble it a few hours before I plan to serve, and then send leftovers off to work the next day for lunch.

My favorite easy broccoli salad recipe!

We just couldn’t start summer without this recipe, and once you try it, I think it will be one of your favorite summer sides too!

Creamy crunchy sweet and salty, this broccoli salad is always a hit! Get the recipe on

My Favorite Broccoli Salad Recipe
My favorite easy broccoli salad recipe!
Recipe type: Salad
  • 5 cups chopped broccoli (florets and stems)
  • ⅓ c dried cranberries
  • ¾ c finely chopped sweet onion
  • ½ c toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds
  • ½ c mayonnaise
  • ¼ c milk
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice or white vinegar
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Wash and chop your broccoli into bite-sized pieces and place into a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Chop your onion and add to the bowl, then add the cranberries and toasted nuts. If the nuts haven't been toasted already, toast them by placing them on a skillet over medium low heat and stirring frequently for 3-5 minutes until they are nice and golden. Remove immediately from the heat (they burn easily).
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, milk, lemon juice, sugar, and salt until smooth.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat well.
  5. Let the salad rest in the refrigerator at least two hours to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. Serve chilled!


Creamy crunchy sweet and salty, this broccoli salad is always a hit! Get the recipe on


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  • Reply
    Whitney @ That Square Plate
    June 28, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I can see why this is your favorite! It looks and sounds amazing!! Happy anniversary!! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Byron Thomas
    June 28, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Lady! πŸ™‚
    I have to agree, broccoli is romantic. John.e loves broccoli, so I use broccoli as a main ingredient as much as I possibly can. It usually results in a kiss of appreciation. πŸ™‚ This salad looks delicious – and finally, a broccoli salad without bacon! Praise, Jesus!

  • Reply
    Sandra Cirilo
    May 26, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Dear Godmother,

    Help! Do you have any tips, favorite recipes for artichoke? My CSA has been including nice big artichokes in my box and I so far I have not being able to make one nice dish with them. It got to the point I started giving them away!

    • Reply
      Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      May 29, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Hi Sandra!!! We would just steam them and then L would throw them on the grill after brushing with a bit of olive oil. I know that’s not much help… what kind of dishes are you looking for and I can try to send you some links?

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