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Broccoli Salad Recipe

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Try this Broccoli Salad Recipe for your next holiday or BBQ! We love this salad so much, we make it for meal prepping during the week instead of a regular salad!



  • 3 heads of broccoli, stems removed and cut into florets
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion, soaked in ice water for 5 minutes, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cooked diced bacon (about 5 strips of bacon)
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, raisins or craisins
  • 1/3 cup shaved parmesan cheese

For The Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon grated garlic (about 3 small cloves)
  • Good pinch of kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a few pinches of kosher salt and then add the broccoli florets. Bring the water back to a boil, quickly, over high heat. Once the water is back to a boil, let the broccoli cook for 1 minute, then drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Add the broccoli florets to a bowl of cold water with ice and let sit while you make the dressing.
  3. Add all of the dressing ingredients to a container or salad cruet. Shake well to emulsify the dressing.
  4. Drain the broccoli florets and place on a paper towel to dry. Add the red onion, bacon, almonds, pomegranate seeds and parmesan cheese to a large bowl. Add the blanched broccoli florets and along with the dressing and then toss to combine.
  5. Cover the broccoli salad with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

Once tossed with the dressing, the broccoli salad will keep for a day or two in the refrigerator. If you want to make this broccoli salad ahead of time, leave the dressing separate and then toss the salad an hour before serving.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American