Creamy Broccoli Salad Recipe

Pecans And Dried Cranberries Make It Unique

Creamy Broccoli Salad Recipe

This salad was inspired by a co-worker who brought it to work a few weeks ago. I love the crunchy raw broccoli with the bite of red onion, crunchy pecans, and sweet dried cranberries. I didn't use a lot of measurements in this salad, because I think it is pretty much a no brainer-just throw the broccoli in a salad bowl, add a little onion, then a handful or two of each of the nuts and cranberries. Try this in your kid's lunch box, with Easter dinner, or for tomorrow's dinner!

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2 crowns of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets

1/2 red onion, minced

handful of dried cranberries

handful of pecans, chopped


1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp sugar

lemon, zested

  Mix the dressing ingredients together in a bowl. Zest the lemon into it, then cut in half and squeeze the juice from one of the halves into the bowl. Stir well.

  In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients and toss with the dressing. I never add it all right away, but rather add some, mix, and then see if I need more. You may not need all the dressing, or if you like things with more sauce, you just might.

Makes about 4 servings

Love broccoli? Try this super easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup or my recipe for scrumptious Broccoli Bacon Salad!


She may go by the name Scatteredmom online, but Karen really is anything but scattered when it comes to the kitchen.  Churning out tasty treats within view of the Georgia Strait on Canada's west coast, Karen will hand you an organized weekly meal plan or teach you how to make meals from scratch.  As Mom to a teenage boy, she knows exactly what it takes to keep kids full and happy-which has really come in handy with her job as the Food Editor at Yummy Mummy Club.

A strong supporter of Food Revolution who has been endorsed by Jamie Oliver himself, by day Karen can be found working as a special education teaching assistant, running a kitchen and showing teenagers how to cook nutritious meals for themselves.  By night, when she's not chatting on Twitter and answering cooking questions,  she writes her popular blog Notes From the Cookie Jar, or posting mouthwatering recipes over at Chasing Tomatoes.  Not afraid to give her opinion and passionate about community, Karen spoke at Blissdom Canada 2010 and her writing has been published in Canadian Living magazine, as well as in various online publications. 

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