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The Battle of the Broccoli Salad: The Top 5 Broccoli Salads on the Web

When it comes to eating salad, you always want to change it up. Not speaking in terms of buying the usual mixed salad bag from the grocery store.

Instead, why not take out the lettuce and kale all together and try something new?

In a discovery among the salad world, testing out different types of salad, settling on one ingredient that is simply amazing, broccoli. Here are the top five broccoli salad recipes from good to fantastic via star rating.

The Broccoli Salad from Spend with Pennies  

 

What first caught my eye with this recipe was at the beginning of the article it shared that this recipe is also great if you were to add honey glazed chicken. I love honey, and I love chicken! So let’s give it a go. First trying the recipe on its own (without the added chicken) here’s what it calls for:

  • Servings: 8 Prep servings
  • Calories: 317
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces broccoli
  • 1/3 cup red onion
  • cranberries dried ½ cup
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds ¼ cup
  • ½ cup bacon bits
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt & pepper

Instructions:

  1. Pour the cider vinegar, sugar, mayonnaise, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk it together.
  2. In a larger bowl, mix together the dressing:  combine broccoli, onion, cranberries, bacon bites and sunflower seeds, then pour over the mixture in step one.
  3. Refrigerate for an hour before serving

When going back to try this same recipe and adding in the honey glazed chicken that was shredded up and tossed around, the star rating would stay the same. The sugar in the recipe seemed as if it were to fit, however, the taste of the sugar was present. With the taste of the sugar and the honey glazed chicken, overall the salad had a sweet taste to it instead of something a little more savory, and filling. A great way to try this without the sweet taste would be to add in the chicken and forget about the honey glaze topping altogether.

The Broccoli Salad From The Food Network 

Confession time, the pictures from The Food Network made this recipe so enticing, clicking on it to grab the recipe was inevitable. When I look at anything from The Food Network, it makes me feel as if I could be in a episode of Chopped. Here’s what this recipe calls for:

  • Servings: 10 servings
  • Calories: ?
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces of bacon
  • Salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 5 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels

Instructions:

  1. Heat up skillet over medium heat, after cutting the bacon into smaller pieces place it into hot skillet and cook until crisp.
  2. Add broccoli into a pot of boiling water that includes salt. Once the broccoli is a beautiful shade of green and softened, drain well under cold water.
  3. In a large mixing bowl add in the mayonnaise, vinegar, onion, sugar and raisins. Give it a good toss around for a few seconds and then add in the broccoli and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Once ready to serve, add in the bacon and sunflower kernels.

This recipe of the broccoli salad brought a lot of flavor and it looked gorgeous plated. However, I would’ve liked to know more about the nutritional value and the calories I was about to consume.

On another note, not knowing what type of onion to use, red or white was a little confusing. Deciding to use a white onion, I’m not sure the flavors were correct.

Another thing to keep in mind is the amount of time you had to wait before sitting down to enjoy this salad.

This recipe also called for sugar, however it wasn’t as sweet as was expected, the bacon offset the sugar in a great way. If waiting over an hour to eat a salad is no problem, this recipe is highly recommended.

The Fresh Broccoli Salad from All Recipes 

 

When the word fresh comes into play when speaking about recipes, it’s foreseeable that the freshest ingredients will be used.

Stumbling upon this recipe for the Fresh Broccoli Salad made my head turn when reading that it involves fruits, vegetables, and meat.

  • Servings: 9 servings
  • Calories: 374
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Reay in: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion
  • 2 heads of fresh broccoli
  • ½ pound bacon
  • ¾ cups raisins
  • 3/4 cup almond sliced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Heat a medium sized skilled over medium heat and place the cut bacon into the pan, cooking until brown.
  2. Taking the broccoli and cutting into bite sized pieces, cut the red onion into thin slices. Combine them both with the raisins and almonds.
  3. Time to make the dressing: in a larger bowl mix the mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar until smooth. Once finished, mix the salad and chill before serving.

The almonds in this recipe is what set it aside. Throwing in some toasted almonds was a nice surprise to the flavors and it brought in a different feeling towards the salad. The plating of it was beautiful and the portion size was spot on. The white wine vinegar left a lingering taste on the broccoli heads.

The Greek Yogurt Broccoli Salad From Kroll’s Korner   

Searching for a recipe that brings in a lot of flavor and leaves out all the sugar was tough. Coming across Kroll’s Korner discovering the Greek yogurt dressing, which cuts your sugar intake down dramatically it leaves plenty of room for other fun flavors to come into play.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups chopped raw broccoli
  • 1/2 cup non-fat plain Green yogurt
  • ¼ cup light mayo
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • ½ red onion

Instructions:

  1. First of all wash and chop up the broccoli and set it aside for later.
  2. Grab a medium mixing bowl and combine the yogurt, mayo, vinegar, sugar, raisins and nuts.
  3. Take your washed broccoli and place it into the dressing mixture and toss until ever piece of broccoli is covered.
  4. Chill and then serve.

There was plenty of room in this recipe that allowed for creativity and other options.

One thing that was notable with this recipe was that you could choose any nut that you fancy. It didn’t have to be walnuts, instead try almonds or pistachios. You also can take out the sugar and mayo completely and use solely Greek yogurt.

The author of the piece mentions that if you do that, you’ll cut your sugar intake, leaving the calories for one serving to be 90 calories.

The Bacon Broccoli Salad From The Low Carb Life 

Surprised to see how low the caloric intake is on this recipe. Especially seeing that it calls for dairy and bacon, yet, it’s one the lowest calorie salads on the list.

  • Serving size: 10 servings
  • Calories: 233 calories
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cut into small cubes
  • 8 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced almonds
  • 8 slices bacon
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning mix
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Grab a large mixing bowl and add in the broccoli, cheddar, onion, almonds and bacon. Stir it.
  2. In a smaller mixing bowl add in the mayo, sour cream, ranch seasoning and vinegar.
  3. Take the dressing and pour it over the broccoli salad.
  4. Serve immediately.

After tasting this salad, still surprised by the calories and the inclusion of dairy. Overall it was a great tasting salad. Felt a little heavy because of the sour cream and the cheese, but it did its job.

It leaves you feeling full and well satisfied.

If you’re looking for a salad that can substitute for a meal and not as a side, this one needs to be added to your recipe book at home.

A Few More Things to Consider When Preparing Broccoli Salads

When it comes to making a salad of any kind, the internet is a never-ending pit of recipes.

Broccoli salads seem to always be a hit for the summer and one of the highest searched on the internet. Passing through the top five recipes, keep in mind that changing out what doesn’t work for you is recommended in all these pieces.

If you’re lactose intolerant but want so badly to try number five, Therefore take out the cheese and sour cream and replace it with a vegan substitute. If you don’t eat pork, you don’t have to have the bacon in there, switch it out for chicken or turkey, or toss the meat altogether.

The most amazing thing about the kitchen is that it’s your domain.

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