Best 5 Broccoli Salad Recipes

Photo by: Armando Rafael Moutela ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved 2014, Cooking Channel, LLC All Rights Reserved

Armando Rafael Moutela, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved 2014, Cooking Channel, LLC All Rights Reserved

With Memorial Day just a few days away, the time is now to start planning your holiday weekend menu. No matter if you'll be hosting a neighborhood celebration or simply enjoying a cookout with your family, you'll likely be firing up the barbecue for the first time this season and breaking it in with smoky grilled chicken, cheesy hamburgers and all-American hot dogs. When it comes to side dishes, however, think beyond such classics as pasta and potato salads, and try a vegetable-based option instead. Broccoli salad is easy to make in a hurry, and it's a crowd-pleasing addition to potluck picnics; the secret to most recipes is letting the fresh flavor of broccoli shine and only enhancing it with complementary ingredients. Check out Food Network's top-five broccoli salad recipes below to find traditional and dressed-up takes on this go-to favorite.

5. Broccoli and Mozzarella Salad — Made with just a handful of ingredients, Sandra's five-minute dish is a next-level take on the caprese salad. Her version calls for frozen broccoli florets, mini mozzarella balls and juicy cherry tomatoes.

4. The Neelys' Broccoli Salad — "This is a way of getting away from just the traditional salads," Pat says of his five-star creation, mixed with decadent bacon and crisp red onions.

3. Fresh Broccoli Salad — Alton's broccoli-tomato salad is dressed with a simple lemon-mustard vinaigrette instead of a mayonnaise-laced topping, making it a better-for-you version of classic preparations. Click the play button on the video below to watch Alton make it.

2. Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad — Ready to eat in only 25 minutes, the centerpiece ingredients of Melissa's top-rated salad — broccoli and cauliflower — are enjoyed raw, so the dish is a cinch to prepare.

1. Trisha's Broccoli Salad — Trisha's big-batch salad serves up to 10 people, so it's a best bet if you're entertaining a crowd. She combines blanched broccoli with an array of textures, like crisp bacon, chewy raisins and crunchy sunflower kernels, before chilling it for an hour so the flavors can marry.

Fresh Chopped Broccoli Salad 02:22

Alton's Chopped Broccoli Salad is quick, healthy, flavorful and fresh.
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