Broccoli Salad


I went to the farmer’s market in my neighborhood the other day and they had beautiful heads of broccoli.  I bought one and then searched for something to do with it.  In the past I’ve steamed it, boiled it, roasted it and turned it into soup, but I don’t have a go-to broccoli recipe, so I continued my search.   My search is over!   I made this recipe three times in four days and I’m going to make it again today.   I LOVE this broccoli salad.   I’m looking at the picture now, and I must say that the picture doesn’t really do this salad justice.   I think it tastes much better than it looks.   I brought a double batch of it to my book club meeting the other night and everyone had seconds or thirds.  

Broccoli is a great vegetable to eat for many reasons.   It’s loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, folic acid and soluble fiber.   It also contains a number of cancer-fighting nutrients with really long names that prevent many types of cancer.  You can read about them here.

This salad is on the sweet side, so if you don’t like sweet dressing on your salads, this one is not for you.  I think it makes a perfect lunch, and it has also made a perfect dinner for me this week.

Broccoli Salad
Adapted from recipe by Paula Deen

Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
1/4 cup sugar 
1 small box of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 
8 ounces grated sharp Cheddar cheese 
3/4 cup mayonnaise 
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion 
1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
6-8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled 
1 head broccoli 

Trim large leaves off broccoli. Remove tough stalks at end and wash broccoli thoroughly. Cut flowerets and stem (if you care to use the stem) into bite-size pieces. Place in a large bowl. Add crumbled bacon, onion, tomatoes, pecans and cheese. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients, stirring well. Add to broccoli mixture and toss gently.   Salt and pepper to taste.

Yield:  6 to 8 servings 

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6 comments to Broccoli Salad

  • January Stewart

    Hi Diane,

    I made this tonight, and it is SO GOOD. John loved it too. Thanks!

  • Can you add the print feature to this recipe?

  • Just made it for dinner. It was delicious. I used 2 heads of broccoli, and I didn’t think it was enough (maybe mine were usually small?–is there a measurement equivalent?), as there was too much dressing. I will add more broccoli next time. I will pour the dressing over the broccoli then add the additional ingredients. I will also reduce the amount of cheese and increase the pecans to 1 cup.

  • It’s a tasty salad, isn’t it? Glad you liked it.

    I just added a print link for you. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • Kit

    Hi Diane , I got this recipe from Carole Lutes many years ago and have been making it for years! It’s the best. Do you think Paula Deen got it from Carole? We had a great weekend in Sag Harbour with Carole and your uncle Dick and she raved about your website. I can see why! I’ll be a regular.

  • Hi Kit,

    Thanks for the kind comment about my blog. I didn’t know that Carole has been making this recipe for years. Paula must have gotten it from her!


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