Nutty Broccoli Salad

nutty broccoli salad recipe

Last week I had to harvest 7 broccoli crowns that were getting burnt in the sun. I have already used some in beef and broccoli, pasta salad, and added it to garden salads. I needed more ways to use the broccoli, so I decided to create a broccoli salad. I had printed out a recipe, but I lost it, so I was forced to come up with my own version. The good thing about making my own recipe is I used items that I already had on hand. I added cranberries,sunflower seeds, and pecans to my salad. If you decide to try this, please adapt it to what you already have available to you.

Dressings for Broccoli salad usually consist of mayonnaise and sugar. I added balsamic vinaigrette when creating the dressing for this salad. It adds a unique flavor that blends well with the other ingredients. If you are watching your calories, replace the mayonnaise with plain yogurt.

Nutty Broccoli Salad
Recipe type: Salad
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Serves: 8
Salad Ingredients:
  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • ½ cup cranberries
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 6 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • ¼ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette (I used Annie's Naturals because it is gluten free)
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon sugar
  1. Cook bacon.
  2. While the bacon is cooking, chop vegetables.
  3. Mix salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
  4. Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl, stir well.
  5. Pour dressing over salad, mix until thoroughly coated.
  6. Refrigerate at least 3 - 4 hours, until chilled.
  7. Serve cold.


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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. The Book Lady Online says:

    This looks so yummy! I'm always looking for more ways to serve broccoli. Can't wait to try this.

  2. I love broccoli salad! Cranberries and pecans are a little harder to come by here at a good price so I usually use raisins and just sunflower seeds and it works really well! I also like to toss in some shredded mozzarella (or Italian blend cheese).

    I -usually- use to bookmark good stuff that I come across online. You can use tags and tag groups to keep things organized… that said, I did NOT use it last week and had the same problem you did with not remembering where I found my inspiration *L*

  3. The Thrifty Countrywoman says:

    That sounds really good. Bet my husband would love it. He adds dried cranberries to everything!

  4. Thanks for the website Mub, I will give it a try. It would be great to have a place other than my desk where recipes and ideas were saved and organized.

  5. heartnsoulcooking says:

    I like this recipe. The pecans are a GREAT!!! addition. THANKS!!! Geri

  6. ButterYum says:

    Love balsamic… must give this recipe a try!

  7. That looks great. My broccoli plants are growing, but still not producing anything. I will archive this away (and hopefully remember where I put it) for when I can harvest some from my garden :)

  8. Sharinskishe says:

    This sounds delicious! I like that you improvised and used what you had on hand. This is what I do sometimes and really should do all the time.

    Thanks for posting with Food on Fridays. I love getting tips and learning from my fellow Bloggers.


  9. darnold23 says:

    Great idea! I hope you will join me at for Crock Pot Wednesdays. The details for that and the Mister Linky are already posted. The first giveaway item has been announced and you can expect the additional ones over the next few days. The date of the first event is August 5. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Oh my goodness….this looks so good. Thanks! :)

  11. Lisa Shatzer says:

    The first time I saw broccoli salad it scared me and I put a tiny bit on my plate. As soon as I took the first bite I fell in love and went back to the kitchen to get a bigger helping. I also begged our hostess for the recipe, which she kindly gave me. Now whenever I make it, people ask me for the recipe.

  12. Jennifer says:

    This looks super yummy

  13. annkroeker says:

    I love broccoli salad–I could eat an entire mixing bowl of it all by myself! I appreciate your creativity with this–freeing me to stray from the recipe if need be.

  14. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says:

    Hi Alea<
    Your rendition of the salad looks like a winner to me. I love all the nuts you have added. This recipe of yours is a keeper.

    About filing recipes from the internet. Here is how I do it. I'm an old fashioned gal and still like to have a recipe on paper as I work from it so I copy the recipe and paste it to a word document, then print a copy. You might laugh at this but here goes. I have a small filing cabinet and have 1 drawer dedicated to recipes filed under themes like salads or cakes. When I'm ready to cook I can pull the recipe and take it to the kitchen. Just like the little 3×5 card files our grandmothers and mothers used only BIGGER a whole sheet per recipe so I can actually read it!
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  15. I think that is a good idea! Since I don't have a lap top I have to print out recipes eventually. Even if I had a lap top, I don't know if I would want it in the splash zone. :-)

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