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Broccoli Salad

This easy Broccoli Salad is loaded with vegan bacon, cranberries, almonds, onions and a classic combination that everyone will love. All is mixed in a creamy dressing that alone will make this Broccoli Salad recipe a winner. A great salad that is ready in around 15 minutes and so satisfying.

Top view of the served Broccoli Salad.

You can be sure this creamy Broccoli Salad will be your favorite in no time.

Just like my Big Mac Salad, the Corn Salad, the Hawaiian Macaroni Salad or my Pea Salad, it will prove salads can be great and amazing like any dish.

Ingredients for the Broccoli Salad assembled on a wooden board.

Do I need to cook the broccoli for this Broccoli Salad?

I know many recipes use raw broccoli. I’m personally not a big fan of it and prefer the broccoli to be steamed or cooked, at least blanched.

You can absolutely use it as it is, but I steamed the broccoli before making the salad.

Side by side view of vegan bacon being fried.

Why this is the best Broccoli Salad 

The textures: broccoli, sun flowers seeds and almonds make a pretty good texture and of course add flavor.

The sweetness: cranberries are amazing in many things and this salad is no exception.

Red onion: these onions add a great flavor and color.

Side by side view of making the dressing with vegan mayo and mustard.

What you need for this recipe

  • Broccoli
  • Vegan cheddar
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds

 

  • Olive oil
  • Vegan bacon
  • Cranberries
  • Onions

Top view of a large bowl with all ingredients of the Broccoli Salad.

What’s in this Salad Dressing

For me the dressing is always the best about any salad.

I tell you a often make more dressing than I need, because I love to spoon the extra dressing.

For this one you need vegan mayo, vinegar, garlic, and mustard.

View of the mixed Broccoli Salad in a large bowl.

How to make Broccoli Salad

To make the dressing, combine vegan mayo with mustard, vinegar, garlic in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt plus pepper.

Heat olive oil in a pan. Add the vegan bacon stripes and fry them crispy for 4 minutes. Set aside.

For the salad: combine broccoli, cranberries, sunflower seeds, almonds, onions, vegan bacon, cheddar and a pinch salt and pepper. Mix with the prepared dressing until everything is combined.

Broccoli Salad in a serving bowl.

Tips and tricks

As I mentioned before I’m not a raw broccoli fan, so I steamed it before for 8 minutes in the microwave. But you can absolutely just blanche it for 2 minutes.

Instead of cranberries you can use dried apricots or raisins, if you like.

For a Keto Broccoli Salad leave out the cranberries, enjoy.

Collage of two pictures of the Broccoli Salad with recipe title text.

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Cheers, Florian.

Top view of the served Broccoli Salad.

Broccoli Salad

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This easy Broccoli Salad is loaded with vegan bacon, cranberries, almonds, onions and a classic combination that everyone will love. All is mixed in a creamy dressing that alone will make this Broccoli Salad recipe a winner. A great salad that is ready in around 15 minutes and so satisfying.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs broccoli florets
  • 7 oz vegan bacon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup almonds, flaked
  • 3/4 cup cranberries
  • 5 oz vegan cheddar, cubed
  • 1/3 cup red onions, chopped
  • salt, pepper to taste

For the dressing:

  • 1 cup vegan mayo
  • 3 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • salt, pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. To make the dressing, combine vegan mayo with mustard, vinegar, garlic in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt plus pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add the vegan bacon stripes and fry them crispy for 4 minutes. Set aside.
  3. For the salad: combine broccoli, cranberries, sunflower seeds, almonds, onions, vegan bacon, cheddar and a pinch salt and pepper. Mix with the prepared dressing until everything is combined.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 129mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 10g
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