We are smack dab in the middle of summer grilling season, and our stomachs are so happy for it! From an easy burger night supper to backyards filled with family and friends on the weekend, those propane tanks are getting a workout. Summertime favorites like potato salad and coleslaw are classics that we never grow tired of, but it is always fun to find new versions to keep it fresh too. Having classic dishes you know everyone will love, but with just enough of a new twist to keep them coming back for more will make you the summer host extraordinaire. This Broccoli Slaw tastes perfect with hot off the flame burgers, chicken, or pork, and will be the recipe everyone is asking for at the end of the night!
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Broccoli Slaw Recipe
This easy summer side dish comes together in almost no time, takes a little help from the store, and can be made ahead for less stress at dinner or party time. A shredded broccoli, carrot, and cabbage mix comes together with some added crunch from sliced almonds and sweetness from dried cranberries, then dressed with a tangy, creamy dressing — making for a salad filled with different textures and flavors in every bite.
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What Is In Broccoli Slaw
Normally broccoli slaw is a mix of shredded broccoli stems, various other veggies such as carrots or cabbage, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and pepper. There are many versions that add nuts, dried or fresh fruits, or even poppy seeds.
Broccoli slaw is different from broccoli salad in that the classic salad uses florets instead of the stalks and usually is combined with bacon, cheese, and sometimes onion. The dressings may seem very similar, but the end flavor is very different.
What Is The Difference Between Coleslaw and Broccoli Slaw?
Traditional coleslaw is made with shredded cabbage while broccoli slaw is made with shredded raw broccoli stalks. For this recipe, I used a packaged mix that also contains shredded red cabbage and carrot.
Is Raw Broccoli Slaw Good For You?
Absolutely! It actually has much more nutritional value than its cabbage cousin. Raw Broccoli Slaw is packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Since this recipe uses only about 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, it’s limited on calories as well.
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- broccoli slaw mix
- sliced almonds
- dried cranberries
- white vinegar
- lemon juice
- celery seeds
- salt and pepper
- mixing bowls
- spatula or wooden spoon
- measuring cups / spoons
- serving bowl
How To Make Broccoli Slaw
1. In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, celery seeds, salt, and pepper.
2. In a large bowl combine broccoli slaw mix, almonds, and cranberries. Toss well to combine.
3. For dressing over slaw mix and gently stir to coat well. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour until serving.
4. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with extra almonds and cranberries if desired.
Broccoli Slaw is a tasty, simple twist on a summertime classic side dish! It is sure to be a hit at your next cookout, or makes a terrific picnic take-along! No matter how you’re enjoying these warm months, I hope they include plenty of delicious food and time spent eating it with people you love.
How Long Does Broccoli Salad Last In The Fridge
If there are any leftovers, they will last in the fridge, covered, for about 3 days. Be sure to stir the slaw well before serving each time.
- Broccoli Slaw mix can be found in the produce section next to the other bagged salads.
- I would not swap whipped salad dressing for the mayo in this recipe.
- Golden raisins or dried cherries would be delicious too.
- Slivered almonds work instead of sliced.
- To mix the slaw, nuts and cranberries, sometimes your hands work best.
- If you’re setting this out for a party, be sure to stir it a few times in between servings so the nuts and berries don’t fall to the bottom.
- If serving to others, I always garnish with extra almonds so those with allergies know.
What To Serve Broccoli Slaw With
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- 2 (12-oz) bags broccoli slaw mix
- ½ cup + 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 cup sliced almonds, extra for garnish
- 1 cup dried cranberries, extra for garnish
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 tsp celery seeds
- salt and pepper
In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, celery seed, salt and pepper.
In a large bowl combine broccoli slaw mix, almonds and cranberries.
Mix well to combine.
Chill for at least an hour.
Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with extra almonds and cranberries.
Krista Marshall is the creator of Everyday Mom’s Meals and a full time stay at home mom. She lives in northern Indiana with her husband of 19 years and their two amazing and busy sons, age 17 and 5. Everyday Mom’s Meals is for everyone from the novice cook to the experienced home chef. Krista wants to get families around the table with simply made, delicious food. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter too!