Best Ever Broccoli Salad- I don’t often claim that a recipe is the “best ever”, so you better pay attention when I do! 😉 This Broccoli Salad really is the best recipe I have ever tried. And I’ve tried a lot.
Today is the first day of summer vacation at our house, and I am doing a happy dance! I am so glad to have no homework, no helping pack school lunches, (am I the only one who hates that job?) and the freedom to set our own schedule. Hooray for summer!
Summer at our house means lots of salad. I wish I could say that I get all the produce from our garden, but I am the worst gardener ever. So we just hit up farmer’s markets, and the produce section of our grocery store. This broccoli salad is my favorite way to eat raw broccoli! The salty bacon and sunflower seeds are a perfect balance to the tangy dressing. And it has plenty of crunch. I don’t like it swimming in sauce, so I use large bunches of broccoli. You can adjust it to your taste.
My boys aren’t fond of fresh broccoli, but I can get them to eat this. They don’t love it as much as I do, but they don’t complain. So that’s a win at our house.
Best Broccoli Salad
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 large bunches of broccoli, chopped in bite sized pieces
4-5 green onions, sliced (or 1/4 of a red onion)
1 cup Craisins or golden raisins
1 cup chopped celery
1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup toasted, salted sunflower seeds
Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk till smooth. Set aside. Place the chopped broccoli, onions, Craisins, and celery in a large bowl. Stir in the sauce. Chill for 10-30 minutes. (Or up to 2 hours.) Stir in the bacon and sunflower seeds right before serving.