This easy Broccoli Grape Salad recipe makes the best party or picnic salad!
This simple recipe for broccoli salad with grapes is packed with colorful and crunchy broccoli, celery and onions, along with sunflower seeds, bacon and grapes! It’s all tossed together with a light and tangy dressing made with mayonnaise, vinegar and a bit of sugar. So for a fun and delicious summer side dish that will delight the senses, give this hearty and healthy broccoli salad a try. And the best part? It’s super easy to prep and can be ready in just minutes!
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A Fresh & Flavorful Salad
- This healthy and hearty salad, made with fresh broccoli, celery, onions, and grapes, pairs perfectly with the tangy dressing and salty bits of bacon.
- Make this time-saving salad up to a day in advance! It tastes best when all the flavors have a chance to blend!
- Serve as is or add it to a bed of mixed greens. Why not scoop some into a wrap for an energizing workday lunch!
- Similar to a popular Southern Living recipe that features the addition of pasta, this pasta-free version is low-carb and low-calorie, but still has all the flavor!
Ingredients & Variations
BROCCOLI: Choose fresh florets and strip away any broken leaves or bruised stems. Cauliflower can be used in place of, or along with, the broccoli for a new look. Even thinly sliced carrot coins would be a delicious and colorful addition to this salad.
GRAPES: Red or green grapes are perfect in this recipe, smaller ones can be kept whole and used as a garnish if desired. Mandarin orange segments or sliced water chestnuts are also fun to experiment with!
BACON: Cook bacon (refrigerate extra bacon grease for future stir-fries!), or use ready-made bacon bits. Make it an entrée salad with the addition of some diced ham, cooked shredded chicken, sliced summer sausage, or chopped salami.
NUTS: Any seeds or nuts will work! Walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, or slivered almonds will bring the crunch!
DRESSING: Any combination of creamy mayo (or Greek yogurt) and vinegar will add the right punch of flavor to broccoli grape salad. A dash of Dijon mustard, hot sauce or sriracha would all add a bit of zip!
How to Make Broccoli Grape Salad
- Shake dressing ingredients together in a mason jar (or whisk in a bowl).
- Add all ingredients, except bacon, to a large bowl.
- Toss salad, using half the dressing to start, then add more as desired.
- Sprinkle with bacon and serve.
Tips for the Best Broccoli Grape Salad
Cut broccoli florets into small, uniform sizes so that each piece gets coated with that delicious dressing!
Toast seeds or nuts in a dry saute pan until they are barely fragrant to intensify their flavor and make them extra crunchy!
Start out dressing the salad minimally and add more to taste, to prevent the salad from becoming soggy.
How to Store
Keep broccoli grape salad covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Stir before serving.
It’s not best to freeze broccoli grape salad because mayonnaise-based salads do not thaw well.
Other Hearty and Healthy Salads
- Iceberg Wedge Salad – so fresh and crisp.
- Cucumber Dill Salad – the perfect summer salad.
- Black Bean Corn Salad – incredible flavors in one dish.
- Chickpea Salad– easy and delicious.
Broccoli Grape Salad
- 3-4 bunches broccoli finely chopped, about 6 cups
- 2 cups grapes halved
- 1 cup celery finely chopped
- 6 green onions chopped
- ½ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
- ½ pound bacon cooked and crumbled
- 4 Tablespoons mayonnaise light (regular works too)
- 3 Tablespoons white vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- In a medium bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients until well combined. (Or add ingredients to a 1 cup mason jar and shake to combine.)
- In a large bowl, toss broccoli, grapes, celery, green onions, and sunflower seeds to combine.
- Add half of dressing, and toss to coat. Add more dressing as desired and toss to coat.
- Sprinkle with bacon and serve.
- Make sure broccoli florets are cut into small, uniform sizes. This will ensure each morsel will be coated with dressing.
- Saute seeds in a pan until fragrant to intensify their crunch and flavor.
- Use a small amount of dressing to begin, then add more as needed.
- Refrigerate salad in a covered container for up to 3 days.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.