Broccoli Salad with Almonds

Broccoli Salad with Almonds is so easy to make, and it’s full of tangy flavors that make it perfect for cookouts, BBQs, and so much more. The next time you need a simple side dish to make that doesn’t require a lot of effort give this Broccoli Crunch Salad a try!

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This salad only requires a few simple ingredients like broccoli, almonds, red onion, and bacon. It’s then topped with a dressing made of mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar to give it a delightful flavor. The crunchy texture of the broccoli combined with the salty bacon and sweet red onion makes this salad hard to resist!

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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Broccoli Crunch Salad

  • This salad is a great way to add some nutrition and crunch to mealtime!
  • It’s full of fresh vegetables, protein-packed almonds, and bacon for extra flavor.
  • Plus, the sweet & tangy dressing ties it all together perfectly for a delicious side dish that everyone will love!

🛒Ingredients

shredded cheese, bell pepper, onions, bacon, salt and pepper, vinegar, almonds, mayo, brown sugar and broccoli

To make this broccoli crunch salad you will need a few simple ingredients, and all of these ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store. So, you don’t have to worry about making any special trips or spending extra time searching for those items.

  • mayonnaise
  • brown sugar
  • white vinegar
  • fresh broccoli
  • cooked bacon
  • red or yellow bell pepper
  • red onion
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sliced almonds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for quantities.

🔪 How to Make This Broccoli Crunch Salad

Making this broccoli salad is so easy! Just follow the steps below and you will have a creamy and taking broccoli crunch salad that your whole family will love in no time at all.

mayo, sugar, and vinegar being mixed in a glass mixing bowl with a sliver spoon

Step 1: Make the dressing

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, brown sugar, and vinegar. Cover the bowl and refrigerate while you complete the next steps.

broccoli, peppers, cheese, onions, and bacon in a blue mixing bowl

Step 2: Add the salad ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped broccoli, bacon, chopped bell pepper, chopped red onion, shredded cheddar cheese, and sliced almonds.

salad dressing being added to a blue bowl of vegetables and bacon

Step 3: Seasoning the dressing before tossing the salad

Remove the dressing from the refrigerator, stir well, and add salt and pepper to taste. And, then add the dressing to the broccoli salad and toss to combine.

finished broccoli salad in a blow mixing bowl with a wooden spoon

Step 4: Chill until ready to serve

Refrigerate the salad until serving.

📝Variations

Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Sweetness: Add dried cranberries or raisins for sweetness.
  • Heat: Add chopped jalapeños for a little kick.
  • Cheese: Substitute the cheddar cheese with Parmesan or blue cheese.
  • Veggies: Swap out broccoli for cauliflower, kale, or Brussels sprouts.

If you love making simple salads like one this, then you may also enjoy this Chick-fil-a Kale Crunch Salad recipe.

broccoli salad in a white bowl with a gold spoon with a white handle

🥄 Equipment

You will need a few simple kitchen tools to help you make this simple broccoli salad recipe. So, rather these tools and get ready to enjoy this sweet salad.

  • large bowl
  • small bowl
  • whisk

🥫 Storage

This broccoli salad with almonds is best enjoyed after a couple of hours of making it. However, you can store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

💭 Tips

To ensure that your broccoli crunch salad turns out perfectly, here are a few tips and tricks that you can follow:

  • Chop the vegetables into small pieces so they mix better.
  • Taste test the dressing before adding it to the salad to make sure it has the flavor that you are looking for.
  • Add extra flavor with a pinch of garlic powder, onion powder, or cumin for more flavor.
  • If you are not a fan of almonds, you can switch them out and use chopped pecans, pine nuts, or even sunflower seeds to make this crunchy salad.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

What to serve with broccoli salad?

This salad is great served with grilled chicken, steak, or even burgers. It also pairs well with a light soup like tomato bisque or roasted red pepper soup.

Can broccoli salad be made ahead of time?

Yes! You can make this salad up to 12 hours in advance and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

Should Broccoli Salad be served warm or cold?

This salad should be served cold!

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Broccoli Salad with Almonds

This Broccoli Salad with Almonds is a fresh and healthy side dish is coated in a sweet and tangy dressing that makes this fresh salad out of this world.
Prep Time10 minutes
Chill Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 251kcal

Equipment

  • large bowl
  • small bowl
  • Whisk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 6 cups fresh broccoli chopped
  • 8 strips bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 medium red or yellow bell pepper seeded and chopped
  • ½ red onion peeled and chopped
  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, brown sugar, and vinegar. Cover the bowl and refrigerate while you complete the next steps.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped broccoli, bacon, chopped bell pepper, chopped red onion, shredded cheddar cheese, and sliced almonds.
  • Remove the dressing from the refrigerator, stir well, and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the dressing to the broccoli salad and toss to combine.
  • Refrigerate the salad until serving.

Notes

Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 290mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 341IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg

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