A delicious and easy Broccoli Salad with mandarin oranges, red onions, bacon and a creamy tangy mayo dressing. A perfect side dish recipe.
If you’re looking for a delicious, flavourful and fresh side dish, this Broccoli Salad is perfect! This family favourite recipe makes appearances at many of our holiday dinners and barbecues.
About this Broccoli Salad:
This broccoli salad is a mixture of crunchy broccoli florets, sweet mandarin oranges, red onions, smoky bacon, sharp cheddar all tossed in a creamy tangy mayo dressing. And it is ABSOLUTELY delicious.
Perfect for potlucks, picnics and holiday dinners!
This Broccoli Salad is so versatile! It’s hearty enough to take to picnics, potlucks and bbq parties. But my favourite time to serve it is at holiday dinners, especially Easter…it’s amazing with ham and scalloped potatoes…mmmm. But it’s also perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas. The combo of sweet + crunchy makes it a perfect side dish to main meats like ham or turkey.
Broccoli Salad Recipe Tips:
- Broccoli: Use fresh broccoli florets, cut into small, bite-sized pieces. I used about 2 heads of broccoli to make this salad.
- Mandarins: You can use 1 – 2 fresh mandarins, or 1 – 284 mL can.
- Bacon: Tip! We love maple bacon in this salad!
- Cheese: I like to add shredded sharp cheddar cheese, but you can also cut it into small cubes. Use any of your favourite flavourful cheeses.
- Vinegar: I use regular white vinegar, but apple cider vinegar works well too!
- Mustard: Don’t have dry mustard? You can use regular prepared mustard, or if you like dijon mustard you can use that too.
- Can I serve this immediately? Yes! I do recommend letting the salad marinate for at least 30 minutes, but you can serve it immediately if you wish.
- Ingredient Options:
- If you like mushrooms, feel free to add 1 cup sliced mushrooms.
- If you don’t like raisins or dried cranberries, feel free to leave them out.
- Adding chopped apples or grapes is delicious too!
- Love nuts or seeds? You can add a couple tablespoons of chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts, or add sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
- Leftovers: Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for 1 – 2 days. The broccoli will lose it’s crispness, but the salad is still delicious…I actually really like it when it’s soft.
- Can I make this ahead of time? This salad is best served the day it is made. When it sits too long it does get a bit soggy.
What to serve with Broccoli Salad:
Recipe adapted from Best of Bridge
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I hope you enjoy this easy broccoli salad recipe as much as we do! Have a delicious day!
Please note, this post was originally published in 2014. I have since updated it with new images and helpful recipe tips!