BROCCOLI GRAPE SALAD {Summer Salad!}

If you are looking for a beautiful and hearty salad as the centerpiece of your summer table, this Broccoli Grape Salad is the perfect choice. Crisp tender broccoli, juicy grapes, and smoky bacon in a light dressing.

overhead pic of bowl of broccoli grape salad

If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

Broccoli Grape Salad has a lot of ingredients, but it is as easy as it gets. Just put everything together and mix. I love to have this cold salad on the table because it is refreshing and just gorgeous to look at.

The shades of purple from the onion and grapes complement the shades of green so beautifully.

The variety of flavors in this broccoli salad with grapes is surprising; you have sweetness form the grapes and the woody flavor of the broccoli and seeds with the creaminess of the mayo and the tangy flavors of the vinegar.

Each bite is a harmony of all the flavors and textures combined in this cold broccoli salad recipe.

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BROCCOLI GRAPE SALAD INGREDIENTS

  • broccoli florets
  • red grapes
  • bacon
  • red onion
  • sunflower seeds
  • dressing

Broccoli – Make sure the florets are bite-sized for easier eating. I like to use mine raw but you can blanch them if you prefer. I have instructions for how to blanch broccoli later in the post.

Red Grapes – I like red grapes because they provide a color contrast to the green broccoli. If you can’t find red grapes (that are really purple) feel free to use green grapes. Just be sure they are seedless. No one likes to eat seeds in their salads.

Bacon – The bacon provides a crunchy texture and a smoky salty flavor to the salad. Feel free to cook your bacon using your favorite method (oven, pan fry, air fryer) and once it’s cooled and crisp, chop into smaller pieces.

Red Onion – I like the color contrast that red onion provides but it can have a strong flavor. Feel free to substitute the red onion for white or yellow onion, or even green onions.

Sunflower Seeds – You can really use any nut that you like for texture. I like the small size of the sunflower seeds but feel free to use almonds, walnuts, or pecans. For more flavor, toast the nuts before adding them to the salad.

Salad Dressing – The dressing for this salad is a simple mixture of mayo and vinegar. Feel free to substitute Greek yogurt or sour cream for the mayo and use red wine vinegar or white distilled vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is also an option.

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HOW TO MAKE BROCCOLI GRAPE SALAD

STEP ONE: Chop the broccoli into bite-sized florets, slice the grapes in half or quarters, chop the bacon, and dice the onion.

STEP TWO: Add the broccoli florets to a large bowl. Top with remaining ingredients.

STEP THREE: In a medium bowl, combine mayo, vinegar, and spices. Mix to combine.

STEP FOUR: Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat. Enjoy!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

three bowls of salad

DOES THE BROCCOLI NEED TO BE BLANCHED?

It is not necessary to blanch or cook the broccoli before using in this salad. I like the crunchy texture it provides. But feel free to blanch or roast it before you add it to the salad.

HOW TO BLANCH BROCCOLI

First: Bring a pot of water to a boil.

Second: Add the broccoli florets and cook for one minute.

Third: Remove the broccoli and cool down in a bowl of ice and cold water to stop the cooking.

This method allows the broccoli to keep it’s bright green color while having a fork tender texture that will hole up in the salad without being too soft.

fork of salad

CAN I MAKE IT AHEAD OF TIME?

This is a great salad to make ahead, and have the dressing ready when you serve. I like to put everything together and let it chill until right before I serve the salad and then pour the creamy dressing over and mix well.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE THE MAYO?

If you prefer to use a mayonnaise substitute like Miracle Whip or another product you can use that instead. If you don’t want to use any of those you could try using sour cream to replace the creamy texture and mix the dressing with it.

fork of salad

TIPS FOR NO LEFTOVERS

  • add toasted almonds or other nuts you like
  • more bacon, more bacon, more bacon (I sometimes use a bit of the bacon fat in my dressing!)
  • prep ahead and then mix with dressing before serving
  • make sure everything is bite-sized
  • blanch the broccoli for tender vegetables if needed
  • cut the grapes in half to lessen choking hazard
  • dried cranberries are a fun and tasty

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OTHER SALADS TO TRY

BROCCOLI GRAPE SALAD RECIPE

bowl of broccoli

Broccoli Grape Salad

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

Broccoli Grape Salad

  • 4 small heads broccoli (~3 pounds)
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes
  • 12 ounces bacon (cooked)
  • 2/3 cup red onion
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds

Broccoli Salad Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Instructions

    1. Chop the broccoli into bite-sized florets, slice the grapes in half or quarters, chop the bacon, and dice the onion.
    2. Add the broccoli florets to a large bowl. Top with remaining ingredients.
    3. In a medium bowl, combine mayo, vinegar, and spices. Mix to combine.
    4. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat. Enjoy!

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 391Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 991mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 14g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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