Broccoli Salad

Total Time:
15 min
Prep:
15 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 6 to 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup raisins, optional
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar, cut into very small chunks
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions

Trim off the large leaves from the broccoli stem. Remove the tough stalk at the end and wash broccoli head thoroughly. Cut the head into flowerets and the stem into bite-size pieces. Place in a large bowl. Add the crumbled bacon, onion, raisins if using, and cheese. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring well. Add to broccoli mixture and toss gently.


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Easy to make and tastes good.  Did not have tomatoes so I omitted them ,but was still very good.<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time I made this, and it's delish! I too blanched the broccoli for 30 seconds and shocked it in ice water, drained and made sure all the moisture was out by spinning in the salad spinner. I used roma tomatoes (seeds removed) instead of cherry tomatoes. I cut back on the sugar (I only used 2 tbsp), as well as the vinegar (I used 1 1/2 tbsp). I used shredded sharp cheddar and crumbled turkey bacon, and omitted the raisins. I will be making this again!<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best broccoli salad ever! Thanks, Paula!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ok, I have made this recipe now several times and have come up with the perfect combo for me. 1/2 the sugar (and I use Splenda) otherwise it's much too sweet. 3/4 of the vinegar, and 3/4 of the dressing (I don't like mine overly dressed). Also I go with half sharp and half mild cheddar. It's perfect!!!! I took this to a party and people kept asking who made the broccoli salad. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This salad was very delicious. The only change I made was cutting the mayo down to half and adding sour cream. My husband can't wait till I make this salad again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the very best broccoli salad recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a picnic with friends and everyone loved it! I omitted the bacon and the cheese, cut the dressing recipe in half and used half the sugar the recipe calls for. I did include the raisins. It was excellent and a bit healthier than the original. I will make it again and perhaps try it with crumbled turkey bacon..... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a quick Monday night dinner...it was a hit with both the adults and children. I mistakenly omitted the salt and pepper due to running back and forth from the kitchen to the computer, but it wasn't missed. I did shred the cheese and added a drizzle of agave to the mayo mix for a little more sweetness. Because I wasn't sure if everyone would like raw broccoli, I did blanch the broccoli and chilled it in an ice bath than put it in the salad spinner to remove the extra water. This is definitely a dish I would make again...great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an excellent recipe. Even my boys (13, 10, 7) like it ... with broccoli as the main ingredient; that's saying something. I didn't use salt or pepper and I didn't use the tomatoes, but this dish was fantastic. One of the best broccoli salads I've ever had. Very easy to put together, does require a bit of prep, but overall it doesn't take long. And the longer it marinates together before serving, the better it tastes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have a few people in my family that are not raisin fans so I substituted dried cranberries. Made it fantastic! I had an empty bowl at the end of the picnic! Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
skipped the raisins, used 1 large home grown tomato, small cubes, AWESOME!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This salad is delicious! I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I used twice the broccoli, half the sugar, added sunflower seeds and omitted the tomatoes. I am definitely taking this to my next potluck. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the BEST broccoli salad EVER! Paula, I miss you so much. Whenever I need a recipe I always look to you first. Thank you for adding so much joy and wonderful foods to our household and family/friend gatherings. God bless you! (I wonder if Food Network realizes how many viewers they lost when we lost you! Those dummies!) We love you, Paula! XOXO item not reviewed by moderator and published
Could not stop eating this broccoli salad!!!!! Followed the recipe, but did not use tomatoes. Best thing I've had in a loooooooong time!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm glad that Paula is back with a great recipe. You are the best item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best broccoli salad ever!had to triple it to take into the office and it was wiped out!! They are already asking me to make it again. I followed recipe exactly and tripled all ingredients. Saved some of the dressing aside to use on my garden salad. Love you Paula!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for our annual staff Christmas luncheon at work and it was such a big hit. The gals already asked me to make it for our next event. So delicious and easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
recipe was awesome but I thought it was too much cheese and dressing so I doubled the broccoli and kept everything else the same, it was very delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this salad!!! Every year for Thanksgiving, I make it for my family. I did halve the sugar, I know Paula Dean likes it sweet! I also shredded one carrot for a little color, since I used white cheese. Try it! You won't regret it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Shredded cheese instead of cubes, craisins instead of raisins, and omit the tomatoes. Out.of.this.world!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious will make this often and try all the variations item not reviewed by moderator and published
OH SO HEAVENLY....... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the most delicious broccoli salad ever. I omit the cheese and tomatoes, to suit my personal preferences. My other secret? reserve the bacon fat and add it to the dressing. I was introduced to broccoli salad by by mother in law, who makes a pretty good one. But my father in law says he likes mine better, and has sworn me to secrecy!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wife had broccoli salad at her work cafeteria one day. Asked me to whip up a batch for dinner the next night. Zeroed in on this recipe. The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 stars is that I decided to add a large dollop of sour cream to the dressing. Really improved the flavor (added savor, decreased sweetness. Paula should have added this (IMHO. I cannot keep my wife away from this after I make a batch. She usually consumes 1/4 of it before it hits the table. item not reviewed by moderator and published
outstanding! i always look to see if paula has a recipe before trying another ...thanks paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is soooo good. I get requests at every get together to make it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an awesome recipe (of course! It&amp;#39;s a Paula recipe!!. I also made this recipe without the tomatoes and raisins, and used red grapes and sunflower seeds. That&amp;#39;s excellent too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yet another EXCELLENT recipe from Paula Deen. Paula, you are my go-to-gal for recipes nearly daily for over a year now... and for sure, my looking-forward-to-watching cook show on television for over a year... you are my reason for tuning in to the food network channel... (also Ina G and Giada- quite the trio!. Hoping to see you again soon! This recipe is a favorite of my lunch guests; in fact, making it again today for the fourth of July and my dads 80th birthday party! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this salad as a complete side dish to store bought roasted chicken and it was delicious. A nice change from cole slaw, though it is similar. This is a keeper; I'll definitely make it again! Miss you, Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Anything with bacon is a hit in my family. This was perfect for a cookout because we don't like the usual cookout sides (baked beans, potato salad, etc. The dressing was awesome and my kids enjoyed dipping veggies into it. I added carrots, pepperoni and one small yellow pepper, NOT because it needed it but because it was there and I was on a chopping role. Paula doesn't need me to improve her dishes;- P.S. This dish is very pretty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! This looked good, but tasted fantastic! Saturday is pizza day when grandkids come over. I was looking for a healthy side and spotted this. We all love it. In fact the broccoli salad took precedence over seconds on pizza. I used Miracle Whip and instead of mixing in the raisins used golden raisins and glazed pecans as a garnish. Fabulous. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a "slap yo mama" salad. It's just that good. Add in how simple it is to make and you've got a home run. I subbed carrots for tomatoes for some extra crunch. This is my "go to" for "bring a dish" get togethers. Awesome! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy and sooo good!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a TEN star salad. A family favorite. I prefer golden raisins. Other than that, Perfect. Thankyou Paula : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my, this recipe was a delight!! If I could give it more than 5 stars I would!! I just made this using 1 package of the pre-cut, pre-washed broccoli florets, which I broke into small bite sized pieces, Real Bacon bits straight from the package, minced red onion that I chopped up very fine in my mini chopper, and shredded cheddar cheese. I left out the raisins and tomatoes and boy was this ever quick and easy to make and absolutely delicious! I will make this again and again. Thank you so much Paula! My mom and I both love you!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was such a delicious salad!!! Paula Deen never fails to amaze my taste buds! I didn't mix the dressing with the main ingredients, I allowed everyone to put as much as they wanted to. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is fantastic!!! Incredibly easy to make and always delicious. I often leave out the tomatoes, as my daughter isn't a big fan of them, but I make the rest exactly as written. Every time I bring this recipe to a potluck, I have at least 5 people ask me for the recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is actually 10 stars... My whole family lapped this up like there was no tomorrow. It was really delicious! I wouldn't change anything. Big hit with everyone!! Highly recommend for any picnics or cookouts! Will be making this all the time now! Thank you Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So Yummy! My teen daughter asked to send it with her for lunch one day. I used light mayo and greek yoghurt in place of the sour cream, and agave nectar in place of sugar, to lower calories/fat, but couldn't tell the difference. Also, I used about 1/2 c. shredded cheddar in place of cubes and doubled the cherry tomatoes. I didn't have bacon hand, so used some baco-bits, but should have omitted salt when I did that as was a bit salty due to the saltiness of back-bits. I will definitely make this for guests next time! What a great way to get veggies into my family! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. i doubled dressing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is another example of what a fine cook you are, Paula! I made this salad exactly as the recipe calls for and it turned out wonderful! Next time around I will make the following changes: 1 use shredded cheese 2 substitute cranberries for raisins 3 use half the amount of bacon 4 chop the broccoli into finer pieces 5 add sunflower seeds. Thanks again for coming through with another wonderful recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Um what? DELICIOUS! Great great greatness! I'm a pescatarin so I omitted the bacon, and I hate raisins so those were eliminated. Only used half the amount of sugar. Added cucumbers and hard boiled eggs. Used a mixture of shredded Parmesan and cheddar cheese. Used fresh diced Roma tomatoes instead of cherry. I well definitely continue to make this on a regular basis. THANK YOU PAULA item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe! I don't use the chunk cheddar, I use shredded cheddar cheese and I use dried cranberries instead of raisins, they give it a better flavor and no bacon. I have made it several times and people love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. I left out the onions and tomatoes (not a fan and put in turkey bacon (can't have pork but it was still very flavorful and delicious. I've been looking for a recipe that had veggies in it that my husband would actually enjoy and I've found it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my family for Easter weekend. I made 3 salads but this one was the favourite of everyone, it was all gone. I used half Gouda and half cheddar cheese. I steamed the broccoli and the chilled it before adding the rest of the ingredients, everyone said they preferred it to a raw salad. For health sake I halved the bacon, I chopped it into fine pieces before sautéing it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never used the tomatoes in this recipe but it is truly delicious!! I always always have to give the recipe!I recently made about 2 gallons of it for a baby shower I hosted! Even better the next day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious, Delicious, Delicious!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really easy and rave reviews from my church group (I used a little less dressing. : D item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was great, I used truvia in place of the sugar, and it was great even the next day (I didn't use as much truvia in the recipe as was called for of sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for a company pot luck, and i had many people ask me for the recipe... of course i gave it to them. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
every time i make this salad i have to give out copies of the recipe everyone just loves it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Such a yummy side dish; even the "veggie-haters" in my family love this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Omg this salad rocks! It's a great way to get your kids to love broccoli Bacon, cheese, mayo it's a no brainer!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this and brought it to a BBQ, it was a big hit! No leftovers, will be making again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best summer BBQ side dish! Taken it to several parties this year and it was the most requested recipe. So easy. One thing I changed, used 3-4 little packets of Splenda instead of sugar. Will try stevia next. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This Recipe was easy and so Delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, fresh and very tasty! Got rave reviews at a family dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The sauce was sweet and just perfect! It was a family hit : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I omitted the tomato and used dried cranberries instead of raisins. I didn't use any sugar, as the cranberries was enough sweetness for my taste. I only used 1/2 cup of mayo. The dressing can easily be adjusted to your liking. I used white wine vinegar instead of white and it was just marvelous. I'm making it again today and am super excited. Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This salad turned out great! I've made it 2 times each a little differently. I use 2 med. or 1 large/1 small head of broccoli and par cook it for about 3-5 min. so it still has crunch and bright green color. I've tried shredded cheese the 1st time and tiny cubes the next time. I prefer the cubes b/c the shredded cheese was difficult to incorporate through out the salad and there was a lot left at the bottom of the bowl. I left out the tomatoes as I don't care for them and added chopped red bell pepper for color/crunch/extra vitamin C. I like to cut back on the onion as well (about 1/3 C. I find that the full amount of mayo is not necessary. I like about 2/3 C. with the full amount of vinegar and only about a 1/8 C. of sugar. The raisins are great but dried cranberries would put it over the top. As other reviewers noted, nuts would make an excellent addition. Unfortunately, I didn't have any either times that I made this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
super easy, and super delicious. i made this for my family members, and it was a hit. all gone! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious.......I left out both the cheese and tomatoes........just wanted the basic broccoli salad. I did however add a handful of sunflower seeds which I do with carrot salad as well.....little more crunch. Plus, I threw the broccoli in the food processor to chop up finer.....we don't care for huge chunks of uncooked broccoli.Perfect amount of sauce depending on how much broccoli you use........."one head" is a little ambiguous so I just accommodated the sauce ratio - common sense. Served with "Five Spice Grilled Chicken with Hoisin-Maple Glaze". The salad was the perfect foil...........DEELISH! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really delicious! I subbed cranberries for raisins and used low-fat mayo. Could have used more broccoli and something crunchy (almonds? and the recipe made too much dressing but still really really tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ding Ding. We have a winner. My husband likes this rendition better than my mom's. I think I might too... shhhh... I only used half the dressing and added a tablespoon more of vinegar to give more of a kick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband was surprised that it tasted so good as he's not a fan of Paula's cooking style. I did reduce the amount of sugar. Will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My entire family loves this dish. I also lightened it up a bit by cutting back on the cheese and using 50/50 Greek yogurt/light mayo substitute. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! (turkey bacon &amp; light mayo item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not too much new to add to the already sparkling reviews. An outstanding summertime salad! I did take some suggestions and used the microwave bacon and shredded cheese. I also added the juice from half a lemon to the dressing and I liked the result. This recipe is great because I had a big bag of broccoli flowerets and I just added the rest of the ingredients until I liked the proportions. I loved the tomato...with the bacon and broccoli it's a little reminiscent of a BLT. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The perfect summertime side dish to almost anything! I leave out the raisins and tomatoes, and instead add dried cranberries and slivered almonds. Such a great combo of sweet, salty, tangy, crunchy, chewy goodness. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was amazing! So simple to do but so delicious. It gave a very fresh, clean taste that wasn't too heavy on the palate. Perfect for summer gatherings. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! This was a great salad. I made the recipe exactly as written and I'm glad I did because I wouldn't change anything. I made it to accompany my July 4th picnic and was it ever a great hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I use this recipe every time I make it- and only tweak just a bit to my liking: I use bacon pieces (like bacon bits but pieces- real ones, not imitation and instead of raisins since I don't really like them- the dried craisins! mmm! I also leave out tomatoes just becuase I don't like them- but the dressing is perfect and think the cheese is what makes it! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was so easy and tasty! I had to make it triple portion. I used 3 broccoli, but just double amount dressings &amp; still it was great. I am also not used to eat broccoli as raw, so boiled it for just about 3 min, this dish was a big hit. I am keeping the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This salad was soooo good it barly made it to the table!! I should have doubled the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've been making this salad for years, and everytime asked for the receipe. The only thing I do different, is omit the cheese and use red grapes (cut in half vs. the raisens. SOOOOO GOOD! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this salad and also my guest as well but I did it without raisins and used 1/2 fat-free mayo and 1/2 regular mayo. Thank you Paula for this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This salad was absolutely delicious! I made a few modifications, mainly to expedite prep-time. I used a bag of fresh broccoli flowerets. I also used a bag of shredded cheese, as well as the pre-cooked bacon that you microwave for 20 sec. This saved me a lot of time. I blanched the broccoli, as others suggested. I added chopped ham to the salad, and the ham took the flavor over the top! I mainly followed the recipe as instructed and I was very pleased with the end result. The raisins in it were scrumptious. The salad was fresh, crunchy, savory, and slightly sweet. It had layers and layers of flavor in every bite! The best part is that it was really easy to make. My husband loved it! He even suggested we take this dish to our next potluck because he was sure others would enjoy it as well. I had some leftovers for lunch the day after I made it, and it was even more delicious! I will definitely be making this broccoli salad again. Thanks so much Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Perfect for summer season. I bought two large heads of broccoli at my local farmer's market and I used one of them for this recipe. I love broccoli. I eat it raw every day. This is a fun way of eating it. I can't believe how easy it is to make this, either. I'm thinking of using that other broccoli head for this again. Thank you, Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great healthy alternative to a potato or pasta salad at a bbq or picnic. As others suggested, I did half greek yogurt/half mayo, halfed the dressing recipe and shredded the cheddar rather than dicing it. I will make this again for sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this on the 4th and my family loved it. Everyone wanted the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty. I blanched the broccoli and then chilled it so it was tender. As for the dressing, I used half mayo and half Greek yogurt. Next time I'll also make less of the dressing. It was delicious, but I generally don't like a lot of dressing. Oh and I did add a little lemon zest to the dressing which made it have a fresh taste. Definitely will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and yummy, my guests loved it. Blanched the broccoli for less than a minute and put it in iced water to stop the cooking. It leaves the broccoli perfectly crunchy without the raw flavor that I do not enjoy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make. My husband loved it. Cool side dish for the summer. Used shredded cheese because that's all I had at the time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I left out the raisins as the salad is perfect without them just the way it is. Everyone loves this salad and it's very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
DELISH!!! I only had white wine vinegar in my cupboards instead of the white vinegar..turned out awesome! Added some red and orange bell peppers..yumm! i will make this again for sure..not only in the summer ; item not reviewed by moderator and published
I suggest using 1/8th of a cup of Agave Nectar instead of sugar!!! I make this salad all the time. Huge hit with my family and friends. My 4 and 6 year olds beg me to make it and love it for leftovers too. My 6 year old loves it in her cold lunches. Mmmm, mmm, mmm! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for the July 4th. Everyone loved it. I left out the Tomatoes since my wife doesn't like them. As others suggested I used 1/2 Cup Mayo and 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt. I also used Shredded Cheddar instead of the chunks. Will definitely be making again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a party and received several compliments. To lighten it up, I used another reviewers suggestion and used half mayo/half plain greek yogurt. Everything else I kept the same. item not reviewed by moderator and published
MMMMmmmm! I just finished making this and snuck a bite before I put it in the fridge to marinate. Just the right balance of sweet and sour with the dressing. I will be making this again, and again: item not reviewed by moderator and published
I deleted the tomatoes and added a 14 oz can of mandarin oranges instead. OMG....this was the perfect addition and gave it an ASIAN twist. Note- when you buy the can of mandarins, buy the ones in their own juices and not in syrup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is always a hit! Sometimes I add a sprinkle of sunflower seeds and some frozen peas to the mix. It's definitely a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a family reunion this past weekend. It was delicious and everybody loved it! I know I will make this again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe which I've been making for years but I use dried cranberries, sliced almonds. The recipe doesn't call for tomatoes which I would leave out because I make enough for several days and the tomatoes will not keep well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was wonderful! I didn't have block cheese but I did have some shredded cheese, and I used apple smoked bacon...worked just as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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I made this last night for a friend get together and it was a hit! Will deffinately be making this again and again. Although I DD make some changes instead of using raisins cause I hate rasins I used black sea less grapes and half ed them and instead of using pork bacon I used turkey bacon:- I seriously love this salad. Lol item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my goodness this is delicious!!! I used half miracle whip and half plain yogurt cause it's what I had on hand and IT WAS A HIT!!! I also tripled the recipe for our get together and there was not one bit left!!! Simple and amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I left out the cheese and added sunflower seeds. Excellent salad, have been making this for years and it is always a request when I go to outings. For the person who commented on the sugar: it pretty much is a must to cut down on the tangy of the mayo and vinegar and bring balance to the flavors. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone loved this dish. There were NO leftovers every time it's made. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula Paula Paula - Sugar in an otherwise delicious and healthy salad? Why???????? It is unnecessary and much better without it. Would have given it 5 stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made this today and it's so good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Question: Should I use Hellman's or Miracle Whip for the Mayo called for in this recipe? I wish they would say as many people use theese interchangibly. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
In recipes, mayonnaise is always mayonnaise - a la Hellman's. Miracle Whip is sometimes called salad dressing. Hope that clears things up a little bit. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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