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The Best Ever Broccoli Salad with Dried Cranberries

I might as well go ahead and name this week Cassie Craves Week. So far I have posted Pretty Damn Amazing Biscuits with Sausage Gravy and Cowboy Burgers with Caramelized A1 Onions. Next up is the best Broccoli Salad that I have ever tasted.

Have you ever tried the broccoli salads from the grocery store? While they may be good, they sure are expensive. It is much more economical to make your own. It is fresher, tastes better and you can make much much more of it.

The only change I made was to add about 3/4 cup dried cranberries since I like a hint of sweetness. You could use raisins instead of cranberries if you'd like, or omit the dried fruit component entirely if you prefer. Enjoy!

The Best Ever Broccoli Salad with Dried Cranberries
Makes about 8-10 servings

  • 2 heads fresh broccoli (not frozen)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese (Don’t buy the pre-grated stuff for this; buy a block and grate it yourself. The texture is much better.)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of dried cranberries (However much you want, you can sub raisins as well)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sugar

1. Chop bacon into bite-sized pieces and cook to desired crispness. Drain on paper towels.

2. Chop broccoli florets into bite-size pieces. Combine broccoli, bacon, onions, cheddar cheese and dried cranberries in a large bowl.

3. In a separate bowl combine vinegar, sugar and mayonnaise. Pour over broccoli mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving (it’s best when made a day ahead).

Recipe slightly adapted from Cassie Craves. Sharing this recipe at the following fun link parties.


  1. You are making me blush this week!! :) I absolutely love this broccoli salad and I'm so glad you liked it too. I really like your addition of much more interesting and tart than the golden raisins I sometimes add!

    1. I REALLY appreciate that you don't mind me posting a few of your recipes this week. Thank you :)

  2. Mmmm always love discovering new salads

  3. Broccoli salad is one of my favorites! I can't wait to try your version! If you haven't already had a chance, I'd love for you to stop by and share it at the 100th Tuesday To Do Party over at The Blackberry Vine!

    The Blackberry Vine

  4. Can you use Miracle Whip instead?

    1. Hi Jennifer - I'm not sure how it would taste using Miracle Whip instead. Since MW is so sweet as is, I don't know if you'd want to add the sugar and vinegar to it. That is up to you and what you think is best. Please let me know how it turns out if you try it :)

  5. The broccoli is not cooked or steamed right?

  6. Made this last night, only change was I added a handful of baby spinach.
    Whole family loved it! Nice crunch, very tasty, will be making it again.
    And again. Thank You!

    1. Thank you for the feedback! I love hearing how dishes turned out. Happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed it.


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