Kid Friendly Side Dishes

Best Broccoli Salad

This broccoli salad is the best broccoli salad for picnics and parties! It is an easy side dish with tons of flavor that everyone will be begging for the recipe!
Let’s just say I am tired. The last week has been an utter whirlwind. Thursday we drove 800 miles to Iowa. Friday we ran around and had appointments (the bank, Joel’s new job, preschool visits…) Then Saturday, Sunday and Monday we looked at 30 houses. Thirty! We even tried to buy three, but didn’t get any of them. One was sold 30 minutes before we put our offer in, one we counter offered and counter offered but couldn’t agree with the seller so we walked away, and one we lost to a bidding war of 11 people (this house was only on the market like 24 hours!). Needless to say, yesterday we came back to Ohio still homeless, but with a new found appreciation for realtors (ours is definitely earning his pay with us, haha) and realizing how picky we actually are. After living in 5 rentals, we really know what is important to us (big back yard, formal dining room, finished basement) and what we are willing to compromise on (for instance, I could really care less about granite counters or a gorgeous tiled bath – we can always update those later, anyway). So, the hunt goes on!
Oh, and one more thing. Seriously, people. Dirty used q-tips, dried leaves on the floor  and scratches and dents on ever wall will not sell your home. Just saying. 🙂

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Best Broccoli Salad (The Gingered Whisk)
I have never been that interested in broccoli salad before. It’s a potluck/picnic type of dish, and sure I grab a scoop at a potluck here or there, but I’ve never really been that excited about it. Until we were having a potluck birthday dinner at a friend’s house and her husband asked if I could make a broccoli salad. I spent a while looking at different recipes (did you know there are approximately 342 different ways to make broccoli salad?!) before I finally settled on this one. I boy am I sure glad I did. This. Stuff. Is. Delicious. The dressing starts out kind of dry, so you need to let it rest in the fridge for a bit, but by the time its ready to eat its marinated to perfection.
Best Broccoli Salad (The Gingered Whisk)
Best Broccoli Salad

Best Broccoli Salad

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

This broccoli salad is the best broccoli salad for picnics and parties! It is an easy side dish with tons of flavor that everyone will be begging for the recipe!


  • 8 cups broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into thin bite sized slices
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 TBSP red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, toss together the broccoli, red onion, cooked bacon, dried cranberries and sliced almonds.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the dressing to the broccoli mixture and toss to coat.
  4. It will seem dry at first, that's ok! Cover and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 401 Total Fat: 23.3g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 26g Cholesterol: 2.8mg Sodium: 167.7mg Carbohydrates: 46.4g Fiber: 10g Sugar: 35g Protein: 7.4g

1 Comment

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    April 18, 2014 at 4:19 AM

    OMG there is bacon in this salad?!! I'm so making it now!

    I feel you on the frustrating house hunting – we looked at SO MANY disappointing, dingy, gross places before finding ours! Sending you good karma for the next round of hunting – surely 3 "no's" means there's a "yes" in the near future!

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