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Festive Broccoli Salad for Every Occasion

Updated on June 17, 2015

A Popular Salad for All Occasions

This is one of our favorite salads for both causal family meals and holiday celebrations.
This is one of our favorite salads for both causal family meals and holiday celebrations. | Source

This Crunchy Broccoli Salad Has Become a Favorite for All Seasons

Broccoli never tasted better than in this quick and easy salad..

I have adapted this recipe from one I tried at Trader Joe's a few years ago, and we've been enjoying it ever since. Some ingredients can only be found packaged at Trader Joe's, but if you don't have one near you, I'll tell you how to substitute for a comparable result. 

This broccoli salad is equally good served with ham or turkey. It also nicely complements a quiche. It can be made a day ahead so you can just pull it out  the day the day you want to serve it and put it on the table -- no last minute fuss. It's something most guests will enjoy eating guiltlessly, since it's packed with nutrients and flavor. The only fat is in the nuts and olive oil (good fat) and the little bit of mayonnaise.

Once you try this, I'm sure it will become one of your favorite recipes, too. Because it's so easy to make, we don't wait for holidays to serve it. We have it often whenever broccoli is in season.

All illustrations are pictures I took, unless they are products for sale.

One More Thing to be Thankful For

This salad is healthy for all blood types.

We recently started eating according to blood type as explained in Dr. Peter D'Adamo's Eat Right for Your Type plan for optimum health. I was happy to see that with a change in the dressing (to get rid of the mayonnaise) this salad is compatible with all blood types. The recipe for the new dressing I invented can be found at Broccoli Salad for All Blood Types.

The new Tofu Ginger Salad Dressing is usable as is for Types O, A, and AB. A simple fix is included for Type AB, which needs to avoid tofu. The ginger adds just a touch of zip to it, but not enough to be hot. I can't tolerate hot, but I like this.

Ingredients for Festive Broccoli Salad

Assemble ingredients for broccoli salad before beginning preparations
Assemble ingredients for broccoli salad before beginning preparations | Source

Ingredients you will need for your broccoli salad

  • 4 cups of fresh broccoli, cleaned and cut into bite-sized pieces. Frozen just won't cut it.
  • 1 cup of Trader Joe's Golden Berry Blend. If there is no Trader Joe's near you, you'll have to make your own. You will need about equal parts of golden raisins (dark will also do, but won't look as pretty), dried cherries, dried cranberries, and dried blueberries. The ingredients on the label are in the following order, which indicates their proportion to each other: sweetened dried cranberries, golden raisins, sweetened dried wild blueberries, and sweetened dried cherries. I can buy the sweetened dried blueberries at Costco. In a pinch, you can combine whichever of these ingredients you can get your hands on, but the cranberries really add a taste that makes this unique.
  • 1 cup dry toasted slivered almonds. You can buy these packaged at Trader Joe's or you can make your own. My sister-in-law made this for Christmas dinner and she used cashews instead of almonds, and that was also very good.
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • For Dressing:

    2 tablespoons each mayonnaise, liquid honey (not creamed), cider vinegar, and olive oil.

    Directions are after the module on broccoli t-shirts.

Now let's make this easy broccoli salad. - Be sure to click on each picture to see the written directions.

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Put the dry ingredients -- chopped broccoli, dried fruits, chopped red onions, and slivered almonds into a bowl.Mix the ingredients in the bowl so that they are well combined.Pour the mayonnaise and honey into a measuring cup and whisk until combined.Add vinegar and olive oil and whisk again until all ingredients are smoothly mixed.Pour dressing over salad and mix until all ingredients are moistened with the dressing. If you like, put into an festive serving dish and store in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours. It's even better if it sits until the next day. If you are in
Put the dry ingredients -- chopped broccoli, dried fruits, chopped red onions, and slivered almonds into a bowl.
Put the dry ingredients -- chopped broccoli, dried fruits, chopped red onions, and slivered almonds into a bowl.
Mix the ingredients in the bowl so that they are well combined.
Mix the ingredients in the bowl so that they are well combined.
Pour the mayonnaise and honey into a measuring cup and whisk until combined.
Pour the mayonnaise and honey into a measuring cup and whisk until combined.
Add vinegar and olive oil and whisk again until all ingredients are smoothly mixed.
Add vinegar and olive oil and whisk again until all ingredients are smoothly mixed.
Pour dressing over salad and mix until all ingredients are moistened with the dressing. If you like, put into an festive serving dish and store in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours. It's even better if it sits until the next day. If you are in
Pour dressing over salad and mix until all ingredients are moistened with the dressing. If you like, put into an festive serving dish and store in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours. It's even better if it sits until the next day. If you are in

Everyone needs a good set of wire whisks.

Norpro Balloon Wire Whisk Set of 3 Stainless Steel Stir/Mix/Beat 6" /8"/ 10"
Norpro Balloon Wire Whisk Set of 3 Stainless Steel Stir/Mix/Beat 6" /8"/ 10"

I say you need a set because different sizes do different jobs. I find I use my smallest size for whisking salad dressings, such as the one for the broccoli salad, and I use the larger ones for larger volumes in larger containers. I used the large one in the quart measuring cup when I made my Serbian Musaka. I find my whisks are one of my handiest kitchen tools. They give the same results as a mixer for small quantities of liquids that need to be completely blended into a smooth final product. If you don't have a multi-sized set of whisks, you are missing out on a great convenience that would make your job in the kitchen a lot easier.

 

I hope you enjoy making this broccoli salad. - Please let me know you were here.

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    • BarbRad profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      22 months ago from Templeton, CA

      It's one of our favorite salads, and pretty enough to serve on holidays.

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      Peg Cole 

      22 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      This really looks tasty and nutritious. I love the taste of golden raisins and blueberries. I'd never have thought to add them to a broccoli salad but it sounds like a delicious combination.

    • KristijanSenjko profile image

      KristijanSenjko 

      6 years ago

      One of the most healthiest food , love it

    • CherylsArt profile image

      Cheryl Paton 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Looks tasty!

    • Nancy Hardin profile image

      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This recipe sounds delicious...I DO love broccoli, and I'm always looking for ways to fix it so my family will eat it. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      JohnMichael2 

      6 years ago

      this sound yummy ... I'm going to make it on Sunday

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I enjoyed this salad at a lovely Thanksgiving table, and now plan to bring it to my July 4th festivities. It is unusual, and delicousl. Thank you for your careful attention to detail in creating the instructions.

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      ohcaroline 

      7 years ago

      I had my first serving of broccoli salad this week and I really enjoyed it. It's quite similar to yours...thanks for the recipe.

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      tssfacts 

      7 years ago

      This looks really easy and simple to make. I like broccoli and especially like them in salads.

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      Vicki Green 

      7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      This looks like a great recipe - I'm going to give it a try.

    • ZenandChic profile image

      Patricia 

      8 years ago

      Sounds and looks good. I love broccoli! Blessed by an angel!

    • CastleRoyLisa profile image

      Lisa 

      8 years ago from Rhode Island

      Looks wonderfully yummy I am going to give it a try thank you.

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Looks yummy! This is a dish I haven't seen served for the holidays...maybe it is time!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Your version of this recipe looks and sounds great! Thanks for sharing it.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Yummy. This sounds wonderful. A great Broccoli Salad recipe and I plan to try it. Lensrolling to my Broccoli-Sausage-Rice Casserole.

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      WindyWintersHubs 

      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Tasty Broccoli Recipe. I love all the dried fruit you added. Featured and lensrolling to: Top 10 Green Veggies – MyFavorites :)

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