Let’s kick off 2018 with my favorite broccoli salad recipe! It’s crisp, crunchy and fresh, which is exactly what I’m craving this time of year. It’s also seriously addictive, thanks to the sweet-and-savory combination of freshly toasted sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and cheddar cheese.
I borrowed the honey-mustard vinaigrette from my Brussels sprout slaw, and it plays up raw broccoli’s best features. Who needs mayo when you have tangy, creamy honey-mustard dressing?
Standard potluck-issue broccoli salads include mayonnaise, sugar and bacon, and you won’t find any of those here. I included the usual cheddar cheese since Mara absolutely loved it that way.
The cheddar offers some creamy indulgence to the salad, which makes it a perfect transition food from rich holiday meals to healthier options. That said, I enjoyed the recipe sans cheese, if you’re craving a lighter salad.