Broccoli Salad [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Broccoli Salad with Creamy Lemon Poppy Seed dressing is a cold side dish with loads of flavor, texture, and crunch. This easy salad recipe comes together in about 15 minutes, making it perfect for a quick lunch as well.

We love quick and easy side dishes that are a breeze to make. Sometimes when we entertain, we love concentrating on making a few side dishes and appetizers for everyone to nibble on.

Our Sweet Potato Casserole is highly popular, as well as our Corn Casserole. For a healthier option, check our perfectly Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

Broccoli Salad

Easy Broccoli Salad

Because broccoli is readily available year-round, easy side salads like this one are great to serve at any time of the year. Our recipe for Creamy Broccoli Salad uses a variety of vegetables and fruits, as well as two types of nuts. We use:

  • broccoli
  • onions
  • carrots
  • pomegranate arils
  • dried cranberries
  • sliced almonds, and
  • pecans

This makes it versatile enough to serve as a side dish or a meatless main dish. If you have a nut allergy, you can leave the nuts out. To make the dish healthier, we do not use cheese or refined sugar in the recipe. Again, feel free to add them if you wish.

Do you have to cook the broccoli for broccoli salad?

While some recipes do require boiling or blanching the broccoli, this recipe does not. By using raw broccoli, the salad is quick and easy to prepare. If you prefer broccoli to be softer, feel free to blanch it first.

Broccoli Salad

What dressing goes on creamy broccoli salad?

The dressing we make uses a few simple ingredients, with mayonnaise being the primary one. For food safety purposes, the broccoli salad should be refrigerated. In addition to mayonnaise, you will need 1 lemon, some honey, and poppy seeds for the dressing.

What do you need to make Homey Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing:

  • Mayo
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Honey
  • Poppy seeds

Can you make broccoli salad the day before?

This is definitely a make-ahead dish! However, the longer the dressing sits on the salad, the softer the ingredients will become. To keep everything crisp and crunchy, you may want to wait until just before serving to toss the salad with dressing.

Broccoli Salad

What does broccoli salad go with?

Because of the wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and nuts we use, this Creamy Broccoli Salad recipe is quite versatile. Enjoy it as a side dish or a vegetarian main dish. For a protein-packed meal, add some grilled chicken or fish. Consider adding some Oven Roasted Mahi Mahi.

Broccoli Salad Step-by-Step Video:

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Broccoli Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 15 mins


  • 4 cups  broccoli florets  (sliced)
  • 1/2  medium red onion  (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup  shredded carrot  (about 1 small carrot)
  • 3/4 cup  pomegranate arils 
  • 1/2 cup  dried cranberries 
  • 1/2 cup  pine nuts  (or almond slices, toasted)
  • 1/2 cup  pecan halves 


  • 1 cup  mayo 
  •  zest of 1 lemon 
  • 3 tablespoons  lemon juice 
  • 3 tablespoons  honey 
  • 1 tablespoon  poppy seeds 


  1. In a large bowl combine all the "Salad" ingredients.
  2. In a medium bowl, add all the "Dressing" ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Add dressing to the salad bowl and toss until fully combined.
  4. Serve cold and refrigerate any leftovers.
Calories: 500 Carbohydrates: 29 Protein: 5 Fat: 42 Saturated Fat: 5 Cholesterol: 15 Sodium: 259 Potassium: 380 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 21 Vitamin A: 400 Vitamin C: 59.8 Calcium: 65 Iron: 1.7
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That looks so good! I love a nice creamy dressing on a crispy, crunchy salad like this.



Love how colorful and healthy this salad looks! Would make a perfect lunch!



What an incredible salad! I really love the dressing too! Great appetizer idea.



Bring on the salad! I haven't had broccoli salad in ages. I love the variety of ingredients you used.



Oh this looks delicious!!!! I am going to add it to my meal plan! 



This look like my kind of gorgeous salad! I love how vibrant it is! Such a great lunch option.



I don't think I've ever had a broccoli salad before. I like most of the things you put in, so might have to try it!



this is a great side dish to have all year long!



I love a good broccoli salad and you have some new additions I haven't tried, like pomegranate seeds and pecans. Yum! I think I'll add bacon too.


Melanie Bauer

Ow wow looks so festive and fabulous! I have to put this on my menu, so excited to try this!



This salad has all the delicious and healthy ingredients that I love!



This salad looks so inviting and refreshing. I love all those delicious ingredients



This salad sounds amazing! Perfect for potlucks with just the right amount of crunch.



This is a great side dish! I have to make it!



You had me at lemon poppyseed dressing! This looks SO good!


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