One of my all time favorite salads is broccoli salad. I love how when paired with dried cranberries and onions, it makes a delicious dish. What I don't like about most broccoli salads is when it is mixed with a heavy mayo based dressing. Because of this, I was determined to come up with that same great flavor but paired with a delicious light and sweet vinaigrette. Broccoli Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette is just that. It brings out more flavor you love while maintaining the integrity of the broccoli salad. Broccoli Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette is sure to be a new favorite.
Quick and Easy
This meal is beyond quick and easy. All ingredients are easily chopped and tossed in a bowl. The vinaigrette uses simple ingredients and once mixed together, you simply pour and mix over the top of your broccoli salad.
An added bonus, this broccoli salad is healthier than most mayo based broccoli salads. But, in my opinion, more delicious.
How to make Broccoli Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette
Making this Broccoli Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette will take you all of 15 minutes to throw together. That right there, is a win in my book.
Your first step is to take a a head of broccoli and chop it into bite size pieces. Depending on your preferences, you can choose to cut up the broccoli stem or not. You should have roughly 3 cups of chopped broccoli. If your head is small, you may need more than one.
Place your chopped broccoli pieces into a medium size serving bowl.
Next chop a small red onion, or half of a medium onion into bite size pieces. About 1/3 cup. Dump this into your medium serving bowl as well.
Next add your bacon bits, dried cranberries, and slivered almonds to the bowl. Toss altogether to make sure they are all evenly mixed.
I love this simple vinaigrette. It is so delicious, and made from ingredients that are easily on hand.
Simply put olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, and honey in a small bowl. Whisk together until smooth.
Don't be thrown off with the idea of putting mustard in your vinaigrette. It pairs perfectly with the vinegar and sweet flavor of honey. You won't notice an over powering flavor of mustard at all!
Tips and Tricks
You can substitute slivered almonds for pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.
Wait until serving to pour dressing over the salad. This will help keep the vegetables fresh.
On the contrary, some like when the dressing marinates with the broccoli salad before serving. Try adding the dressing 30 minutes before serving to get this effect.
I love using bacon bits. As delicious as fresh chopped up bacon is, there is a certain ease to having a bag of bacon bits in the refrigerator. It's one less step and makes things a little faster. Feel free to make your own bacon though if preferred.
Storing Broccoli Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette
This salad stores well for 1-2 days after making. Like stated before, if not serving right away, you can wait to put the vinaigrette on to help keep the broccoli salad fresh.
If the vinaigrette is already on, the salad will still be delicious stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
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