This Savory & Sweet Broccoli Salad is terrific for summer entertaining or potluck parties. This savory-sweet-crunchy combo has something for everyone!
You guys, I know there are tons of posts of broccoli salad recipes out there. I actually have three in my curated recipe box, and this is one of them. I got this from “Stephanie”…. and I’ve had it for so long I don’t even remember who Stephanie is at this point! LOL I know it was good though, and a little bit different from some of the others I’ve seen and made.
This savory & sweet broccoli salad is another good dish for sharing at spring and summer potlucks or dinner parties, because it’s made with a vinaigrette dressing instead of a mayonnaise-based dressing. It has a balance of sweet and salty flavors, and a delicious crunchy texture.
You definitely need to make this ahead and let the flavors meld together, but be warned! Don’t add the crunchy noodles until ready to serve or they’ll turn to mush! Serve this alongside juicy burgers, plank grilled salmon, or with your hot dog roast like I did here.
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Savory & Sweet Broccoli Salad
- 6 cups fresh broccoli spears
- 1/4 cup diced green onion
- 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
- 1/3 cup raisins
- Crunchy Chinese chow mein noodles
- sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup Newman’s Own Olive Oil & Vinegar dressing + 1 Tablespoon sugar (I’ve also used a prepared Raspberry Vinaigrette which is great too)
In a large bowl add broccoli, green onion, tomatoes, and raisins. Whisk together the dressing & sugar and pour over salad; stir to combine.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
When ready to serve, add crunchy noodles and sunflower seeds and give it a quick mix.
Makes about 6-8 servings
The marinating in the refrigerator gives the broccoli a chance to soften slightly, as well as helps plump up the raisins. The addition of the tomatoes is unexpected but gives that nice acidity and savory component. But my favorite part of this broccoli salad are the salty and crunchy elements provided by the seeds and chow mein noodles. Such a great combo!