Need an easy side dish? Make this Creamy Broccoli Salad! It’s full of fresh broccoli, red onion, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and bacon mixed in a creamy, delicious dressing. This classic is always a hit!
Hooray for summertime! My kids finished their last day of school last Thursday and today was the first day in the last week that I woke up to sunshine instead of foggy weather!
Here I am, acting like I’m excited for summer when I’m really not too thrilled. Summer means the crazy schedule is over (until football in August) but it also means my kids are home with me alllllllll day long.
Nope. I’m not one of those moms that sticks her kids in summer camps and all that jazz. I’d like to say I plan all these fun activities and that’s why I don’t do summer camp but the truth is, I’m too cheap! Those camps are like, $240 a week per kid! And I have FOUR! Yeah, no. That’s not happening.
But this is also a good thing because they’ll be able to help me in the kitchen more and maybe I’ll teach my oldest to take my food pictures for me. Or edit them. Or both! Ooh. I like the sound of that! That’s making me even more excited for the next couple of months!
But what also gets me excited for summer, is the food. I L-O-V-E barbecuing. I love anything grilled and I love summer side dishes and desserts. Today I’m sharing a family favorite recipe my mom used to make (and I’m betting you’ve made it or eaten it a time or two before too!) – Creamy Broccoli Salad.
My husband is a crazy fan of this salad and I’ve ofttimes had to hide it while it’s marinating in the fridge or else I’ll find the entire thing is gone when dinner time comes around. 😉 It’s such a creamy, crunchy, flavorful broccoli salad – you won’t be able to stop eating it. Honestly. It’s just that good!
Don’t take my word for it, try it out today! It may sound odd, broccoli with dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and bacon but do not be fooled. It’s the best flavor combo ever. I’ve tried lightening the recipe up a bit by using Truvia in place of sugar and using light mayo instead of regular. But I figure since it’s a BROCCOLI salad, it’s okay to have a little extra calories since it’s full of veggies, right?! Enjoy!
- 1 lb. fresh broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 small red onion, diced finely
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ¾ cup sunflower seed kernels
- 1 cup light mayonnaise
- ¼ cup Truvia Baking Blend (or ½ cup sugar)
- 2 tsp. white vinegar
- Toss broccoli with bacon, onion, cranberries and sunflower kernels.
- Whisk together mayo, sugar and vinegar. Toss dressing in with broccoli salad an hour or two before serving. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir before serving. Enjoy!