This Easy Broccoli Salad is simple to prepare, tasty and suitable for almost any occasion. The perfect make ahead salad that is great for picnics, potlucks or gatherings. Gluten Free, Easy.
Okay friends, let me just start by saying this Broccoli salad has always been a favorite in my family…
And I typically like serving it alongside potato salad for the perfect summer meal.
Even your pickiest eaters are going love this…
My daughter Samantha always requested this salad and she was never really much of a salad eater.. 😉
And if all that wasn’t enough to re-visit this recipe…
Then how about it was one of the very first recipes that appeared here on AFCJ...
So ya see why I wanted to share it again and give it the much needed makeover it deserved.
Especially since I’ve made a few tweaks to the original recipe and wanted to share a few tips after making it for years now…
So that you too could also enjoy the BEST broccoli salad recipe ever..
How to make Broccoli Salad:
You want to start by trimming broccoli florets into bite sized pieces, rinsing with cold water and then dry thoroughly.
Next finely dice the onion, shred the cheese and chop up fresh dill.
At this point you pretty much have everything you need for a tasty, easy broccoli salad other then the dressing..
Optional ADD in’s:
- Green or Black olives
- Cherry tomatoes
- Bell peppers
- Diced Apples
- Nuts or seeds
So you see you can make it to suit your families needs or likes…
Personally I like to keep it pretty simple…
And quite honestly the fresh dill weed is what really kicks it up a notch.
So I usually just stick to the basic original recipe ingredients which includes broccoli, onion and cheese.
So what changes did I make to the original recipe:
The original recipe used cubed cheddar cheese but I found I like it better shredded…
Although you can still do cubed if you prefer.
I also switched the red wine vinegar to white wine vinegar and I also seem to prefer that change.
Greek yogurt was used in my first broccoli salad but I switched it to sour cream and found it’s a little creamier and more flavorful.
But feel free to stick to any of the other ingredients… it’s really ALL good but please try and add fresh dill for optimal flavor.
Other summer salad recipes you may like…..
AND IF YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE PLEASE BE SURE TO LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW…..
I’d love to hear if you make this & how you like it. Plus please be sure to include a star rating.
Updated- originally posted October 2015
Until next time- xoxo
- 6 cups broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup red onion finely diced
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- handful of freshly chopped dill
- •salt & pepper to taste
- In large mixing bowl combine trimmed broccoli florets with diced red onions, and shredded cheddar cheese.
- In separate small mixing bowl add mayo, sour cream, white wine vinegar and combine well
- Stir in garlic powder, & fresh dill weed.
- Pour over broccoli florets, onions, and combine well
- Add salt & pepper to taste