Crunchy Broccoli Raisins Walnut Salad

Crunchy Broccoli Raisins nd Walnut Salad, by 2sistersrecipes.com

Crunchy Broccoli Raisins Walnut Salad is one refreshing and colorful salad you’ll want to put on your list of salads to make this year!  And one you’ll want to make over and over again because it’s loaded with fresh vegetables and has a superb flavor and a wonderful crunch with every bite.

Our Crunchy Broccoli Raisins and Walnut 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.  YUM!

It was so amazing, we all couldn’t stop eating it.

Crunchy Broccoli Raisins and Walnut Salad by 2sistersrecipes.com

Inspired by a nearby deli, this crunchy broccoli salad happens to be my take on a salad I would often buy at our local delicatessen.  The gentleman behind the counter was rude and reluctant to give up his secret dressing (he reminded me of a bulldog).

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 and full-flavor dressing.

A cold, crisp, and fresh-tasting salad like this one will make a great choice to bring to any BBQ or any friend gathering during the summer because it’s one that will definitely not wilt, nor get soggy.

In fact, it will remain fresh and crispy for up to 2 days.

Crunchy Broccoli Raisins 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 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!

If you want to try another one of our faves, try our Baby Arugula Watermelon Granola SaladIt too is refreshing, colorful, and delicious!

We promise this crunchy broccoli, raisins, and walnut salad will be a summer salad that will never disappoint either.  Everyone truly loves it!

Give it a try and let us know!

ENJOY!!

A Few Great TIPS!

  • If you plan to make this salad for the holidays or for a dinner party, you can make it one day in advance.  But hold the vinaigrette until you are ready to serve the salad.  

  • Also, we provided a quick VIDEO below on ‘How to Clean Fresh Broccoli’ properly. 

  • It’s best to prepare the vinaigrette in advance, store it in a small mason jar, and chill it until you are ready to use it. This will ensure the salad will be perfect the day you serve it. 

*Full recipe card at the bottom of this post! 

Ingredients for 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 the 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 one to 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 to 5 minutes.

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

Yields: 8 servings

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Crunchy Broccoli Raisins and Walnut Salad by 2sistersrecipes.com

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Yield: 8 servings

Crunchy Broccoli Raisins and Walnut Salad

Crunchy Broccoli Raisins  and Walnut Salad

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.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Clean and rinse broccoli. Cut broccoli florets from stems, and separate florets into small bite-size pieces. Peel away the 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 one to 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 to 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.
  6. Yields: 8 servings

Notes

If you are planning to make the salad one day in advance, you can do so, but do not dress the salad until your are ready to serve it. Prepare the vinaigrette and store it in the fridge until you are ready to use it. This will ensure the salad will be fresh and crunchy when serving.

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Happy and Healthy Living! 🙂

xo Anna and Liz

                                 

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18 Comments

  1. 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!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    1. 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!