Salads and Sides/ Vegetarian Recipes

Crunchy Broccoli, Raisins, and Walnut Salad

Crunchy Broccoli, Raisins and Walnut Salad ~ is one refreshing and colorful salad you’ll want to put on your list of salads this summer.  This is the salad you’ll want to make over and over again because it’s loaded with fresh vegetables as it offers a superb flavor and a nice crunch with every bite.

This salad is simply tossed with fresh chopped broccoli, fresh chopped cabbage, raisins, dried cranberries and walnuts with a sweet, Dijon vinaigrette. Then topped with crispy bacon just before it’s served.  It was so amazing, we all couldn’t stop eating it.

This fresh crunchy broccoli salad happens to be my take on a salad that I would often buy at our local deli.  The gentleman behind the counter was rude and reluctant to giving up his secret dressing (he reminded me of a bull dog).  Regardless, I tried to duplicate his salad, and with only a few attempts, I was able to come pretty close to the taste of that wonderful tasting dressing.

This salad will make a great choice to bring to any BBQ or any friends gathering this summer because it’s one that will definitely not wilt nor get soggy; in fact, it will remain fresh and crispy up to 3 days.

Crunchy Broccoli, Raisins and Walnut Salad is relatively easy to make. You only need a few minutes to chop the broccoli and cabbage. Once it’s ready and tossed all together, you’ll need to allow the salad to marinate for an hour or two before serving.  A vegetable salad that is refreshing, satisfying and healthy at the same time, is a win-win for everyone!
We promise, this will be a summer salad that will never disappoint either.  Everyone truly loves it!
Give it a try and let us know!  Have a great day!

Crunchy Broccoli, Raisins and Walnut Salad

  • 1 lb. fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. table salt
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 small head white cabbage-thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup organic dried cranberries
  • 5 slices of bacon

1.  Clean and rinse broccoli. Cut broccoli florets from stems, and separate florets into small bite-size pieces. Peel away tough outer layer of stems. Finely chop stems.

2.  Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, mustard, both vinegar, salt, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl.  Add broccoli, cabbage, raisins, cranberries, red onion and walnuts; stir to coat.

3.  Cover and chill for two hours.

4.  In the meantime, cover a paper plate with a paper towel and place bacon on the plate, then place another paper towel on top to cover the bacon.  Cook bacon in the microwave for 4.5 minutes.

5.  Remove and crumble the bacon into small pieces.  Set aside.  When ready to serve, toss in the bacon pieces, reserve a few pieces to garnish on top.  Serve.

Yields: 8 servings

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Hello Friends!  Hope you all had a lovely Easter this past weekend. The weather is beautiful here in Charleston and we are having a great time with a house full of guests these past few weeks. We will be back with more recipes next week. In the meantime, have a great weekend!

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19 Comments

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    June 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    this sounds absolutely wonderful – I'm always in the market for a great broccoli salad – great flavors – bookmarked!
    Mary x

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    annaliz
    June 23, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Thank you Mary! Hope the summer brings you more happy cooking!

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    Val
    June 23, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    This is a perfect Summer salad. I love all the texture in it.

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      annaliz
      June 24, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      Hey Val, glad to hear from you! Enjoy the salad, see you soon!

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    Roz Corieri Paige
    June 23, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Anna and Liz,

    (I deleted my first comments because it was full of typos! Sorry . . . it wasn't spam I promise!)

    I bet your salad is hands down better than the grocer who wouldn't share the recipe! It looks outstanding and these crunchy, everything fresh in the dish, is my kind of summer salad! Cannot WAIT to try this out! Happy summer to both of you!

    xo
    Roz

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      annaliz
      June 24, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      That's OK Roz, I too sometimes have a lot of typos, and that's because my brain is faster than my fingers when typing! lol….
      Have a wonderful summer as well!

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    Dan from Platter Talk
    June 19, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Once again the two of you have created something that could not look or sound any better! Broccoli, raisins, walnuts? What is not to love about this beautiful little salad?! Wonderful post.

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      annaliz
      June 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks Dan! You are so sweet. Have a great week!

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    Ciao Chow Linda
    June 19, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. This salad looks great. I always love it when I'm served t, but never make iy. That has to change, now that you've reminded me how much I love it.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 11, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I love everything in this salad! It is so pretty too – what a great combination of flavors, textures and colors! Have a great weekend!

    • Reply
      annaliz
      June 11, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you Tricia! This salad is a winner and gets raves reviews every time we serve it!

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    michaelswoodcraft
    June 11, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    ooh yea, this is the perfect broccoli salad any time of year!! 🙂 I love this broccoli salad, we make this one all the time and it is my favorite! Looks delicious and I love your photographs!!

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      annaliz
      June 11, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Thank you Michael. So glad you love this salad as much as we do!
      Have a great weekend!

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    Anthony | MyInflatablePoly.com
    June 18, 2015 at 12:25 am

    That is a perfect summer salad,so colorful and fresh.

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      annaliz
      June 18, 2015 at 2:30 am

      Thank you Anthony! Welcome, it's nice to meet you! We hope you enjoy our recipes. Thanks for stopping by.

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    June 19, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    It does sound wonderful! I'm a huge fan of cabbage and broccoli so I would love it! The dressing sounds delicious too.

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    annaliz
    June 19, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks Sue! This salad is so amazing, we know you are going to love it! Enjoy!

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    Mandolin Slicer
    September 5, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    This looks fantastic. I help out at an organic farm and have ready access to lots of fresh veggies….can't wait to make this.

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    annaliz
    September 5, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Hello MS! It's so nice to meet you and welcome to our recipe blog!
    We hope you will enjoy this salad as much as we do! Thanks for stopping by!

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