Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad Recipe

Broccoli plate of mixed greens is an exceptionally well known Spring/Summer side dish, and everybody as a rule has their own specific manner of making it.

My rendition utilizes dried cranberries, cut almonds, broiled sunflower seeds (in spite of the fact that pumpkin seeds would be yummy also), sharp cheddar solid shapes rather than destroyed cheddar, and is completely hurled together in a helped up rich citrus poppyseed dressing.

Each nibble of this broccoli plate of mixed greens will be loaded with incredible flavors and surfaces, which all commendation each other wonderfully!

Broccoli Salad

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Recipe by thechunkychef Course: SaladsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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So, how to make a broccoli salad if you don’t like raw broccoli? The solution — blanch the broccoli for 1 minute, or no more than two minutes.


  • 4 1/2 cups fresh broccoli, cut into small florets about 2 heads of broccoli

  • 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries (reduced sugar would work too)

  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

  • 1/3 cup roasted sunflower seeds

  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, cut into very small cubes (or shredded if you prefer)

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • zest of 1 small lemon

  • zest of 1/2 orange

  • 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed

  • 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds

  • pinch of black pepper


  • Bring a pot of water to boil. Chop broccoli into very small florets and set aside. Fill a large bowl with cold water and a cup of ice cubes.
  • Add a generous pinch of salt to boiling water and add broccoli. Boil for 20 seconds. Drain broccoli and transfer to prepared bowl with ice water. Let broccoli sit in cold water for a few minutes, until cool. Drain and lay broccoli out onto some paper towels to drain. Allow to continue air drying while you prepare other parts of the recipe.
  • Add finely chopped red onion to a small bowl of cold water and let sit 5 minutes, then drain. This takes some of the “bite” out of the raw onion.
  • To a small mixing bowl, add poppyseed dressing ingredients, then whisk together until smooth and combined. Set aside.
  • To a large mixing bowl, add dried broccoli florets, bacon, drained raw onion, cranberries, almonds, sunflower seeds, and cheddar cheese. Toss with citrus poppyseed dressing (start with about half the dressing, and increase to your liking).
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Toss and serve.


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