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Grandma's Favorite Broccoli Salad

Updated May 03, 2023
Grandmas Favorite Broccoli Salad
Grandma's Favorite Broccoli Salad
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You are going to fall in love with Grandma's Favorite Broccoli Salad. This broccoli salad recipe is super delicious and insanely easy to make. It takes only a few ingredients to make this broccoli recipe, so you can easily make it when you're short on time. You simply toss, mix, and stir, then this easy recipe is complete. It really can't get much easier. This broccoli salad recipe would be perfect to make for a family-dinner side dish or a delicious potluck recipe. Everyone will go crazy for this amazing deli salad recipe. So, you should make this easy broccoli recipe as soon as possible.


Using a smoky flavor bacon allows the flavor to carry through the salad even in a smaller amount. You can also substitute 1 cup of cubed smoked ham or smoked turkey instead of the bacon.

The step of blanching the vegetables has two effects: 

1) It makes the salad more colorful as the peas and broccoli brighten in color from the blanching.   

2) The veggies' flavor is less pronounced after this brief cooking, making the salad more attractive to some people who don’t like the strong flavor of the “cabbage vegetables”.  

The vegetables need to be chilled before stirring in the mayo for food safety reasons.


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  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 pound fresh cauliflower
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli
  • 4 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup gluten free mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar, in 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Cut cauliflower and broccoli, chopping the stems and cutting flowerets into bite-size pieces.

  2. In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water and 1 tablespoon salt to boil. Drop peas into the water for 1 minute, then lift with a slotted spoon, or wire mesh sieve, and drain.

  3. In the same boiling water, boil cauliflower for 3 minutes, then lift out and drain, running under cold water to cool the vegetables.

  4. In the same boiling water, boil the broccoli about 2 minutes. Then, drain and cool the broccoli.

  5. In a small frying pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until browned and lightly crisp. Drain well on paper towels.

  6. When vegetables have cooled, toss with the dressing (gluten-free mayonnaise, yogurt/sour cream, sugar, and salt). Taste for seasoning. Add bacon and cheese, and stir gently until well mixed.

  7. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day before serving.

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My aunt used to make a similar recipe to this! This is one of my favorite potluck sides to bring!

Hello!br /Unfortunately not every mayonnaise is gluten free. Here is an article that will explain a little bit more about why this is http// br /As for the description, it has been fixed. Thanks for bringing the error to our attention! br /I hope you enjoy this yummy broccoli salad!!

Sounds delicious, though I would have to elimintae the sour cream and cheese due to my dairy allergy/ I am new to this branch of the familly (just found this by way of Allfreesewing) and I am puzzled on two accounts. 1) I was unaware that any normal mayo contained gluten, and 2) the description does not match the recipe - it says "It takes only four ingredients to make this broccoli recipe" yet I count a total of 9 ingredients in the recipe proper - a bit of hyperbole, perhaps? In any case, since I love both broccoli and caulitflower, and so do my housemates, I see this making an appearence in my kitchen very soon -)


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