Broccoli Salad Recipe [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 12 reviews

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. This dish pairs perfectly with Grilled Salmon, Pork Chops, or Pork Loin

Broccoli Salad

Easy Healthy Broccoli Salad

Because broccoli is a quick dish that everyone always LOVES! Although this recipe is popular during summer times, you can really make it year-round. Made with fresh and colorful broccoli, carrots, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, pomegranate arils, and pecans all tossed in a creamy homemade dressing. 

This makes it versatile enough to serve as a side dish or a meatless main dish. Also, it is a perfect potluck and goes well with pretty much anything. To make the dish healthier, we do not use cheese or refined sugar in the recipe. You can also easily add and swap some of the ingredients. If you have extra veggies you need to use up, feel free to toss them in.

Zucchini, cucumber, cauliflower, celery, and many others are all great additions!  Again, feel free to add and rotate some of the veggies as you please. 

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 the Broccoli Salad Dressing?

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

How to Make Broccoli Salad?

This dish is probably one of the easiest salad to make. Apart from being healthy, it is super delicious and flavorful. It is one of our favorite salads!

  1. Start by making the dressing by simply whisking together the dressing ingredients. 
  2. Next, wash and cut the broccoli and the rest of the veggies and place them into a dish. 
  3. Pour the homemade dressing over the veggies and gently stir to combine. 
  4. Serve fresh!

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 serving it with some Oven Roasted Mahi Mahi or BBQ Pork Chops.

Recipe Tips:

  • Feel free to incorporate other veggies into this dish. Also, cut them into your favorite sizes. 
  • If you are a cheese lover, you can add some cubed cheddar cheese. 
  • For best taste, let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours. This way, the dressing combines with the veggies making it even more delicious!
  • Bacon can be added as well. 
  • This salad is very popular during summer gathering, picnics, potlucks, barbecues and pool parties. However, we really make it year-round as broccoli is always in season. So feel free to make it whenever you feel like it!

Watch recipe Step-by-Step Video:

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5 from 12 reviews
Broccoli Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 0 minutes Total time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 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 

Dressing:

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

Instructions

  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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Stacie

That looks so good! I love a nice creamy dressing on a crispy, crunchy salad like this.

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Sara

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

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Brianne

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

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Sherry

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

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reesa

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

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Amy

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

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Scott

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!

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Krista

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

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Emily

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.

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Melanie Bauer

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

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Abeer

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

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Jennifer

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

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Des

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

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Amy

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

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Kristin

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

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