Have you ever had trouble trying to think of new ways to eat vegetables?

Enter broccoli salad … this easy broccoli salad recipe with craisins is the perfect side dish for any meal.

Side note, my teenage kids love this broccoli cranberry salad as well, and it is a family favorite. In fact, they request it every time I buy fresh broccoli.

Try this beautiful salad recipe with crunchy texture with your family to see how they enjoy it.

Let’s get to it the recipe!

You will need fresh raw broccoli for this recipe. The key ingredient to classic broccoli salad to this beautiful, delicious side dish.

One of the best parts about this broccoli cranberry salad is that it is completely customizable. Some people enjoy adding bacon bits, pumpkin seeds, or maple syrup.

Broccoli Recipes Make a Great Addition to Meals 

Want to ramp up your veggie intake?  Try out some great broccoli recipes.  Broccoli florets chopped into small pieces are perfect for easy salad recipes. 

According to the USDA, 1/2 cup of broccoli raw is 15 calories and source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Calcium.

Some common ways to introduce broccoli are the following: 

Chopped broccoli recipes are a good idea for several meal time opportunities and main dishes.

More recipes with broccoli side dishes.

Here are some great times and pairings:

  • Perfect summer side dish
  • Party appetizer
  • Bring to a potluck dinner
  • Pair with barbecue 
  • Thanksgiving side dish
  • Christmas family meal
  • Easy weeknight vegetable broccoli mixture (my family’s favorite)
A broccoli salad recipe is also perfect for healthy meeting snacks.
broccoli salad recipe with craisins

Crunchy Broccoli Cranberry Salad Ingredients

The best part about this healthy broccoli salad mixture is that it is an easy recipe with simple ingredients.  Get ready for your new favorite broccoli salad recipe. 

Here are the ingredients to make the broccoli cranberry salad:

Fresh Broccoli

Of course the highlight of this great salad recipe is the fresh chopped broccoli.  Be sure to chop the broccoli into small pieces for best results.


Creamy mayonnaise brings the recipe together.  You can use your favorite kind of mayonnaise.  We use Blue Plate mayo at my house. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

The tangy dressing made by adding apple cider vinegar makes the best broccoli salad recipe. All it takes is a couple of tablespoons apple cider vinegar.

Dried Cranberries

Delicious dried sweet cranberries or craisins combined with the tangy dressing makes such a delicious flavor combination. It only takes about a 1/4 cup dried cranberries.

Sunflower Seeds

When you combine all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and add the crunchy sunflower seeds, you are creating a winning combination. 

Granulated Sugar

Just an optional hint of granulated sugar or maple syrup to balance the tangy with the sweet. 

Optional Ingredients

There are a few ingredients that you might commonly see in a broccoli salad recipe.  

  • Cooked chopped bacon bits
  • Finely chopped red onion 
  • Golden raisins instead of cranberries or craisins
  • Pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower seeds
  • Plain Greek yogurt in place of some of the mayo
  • Sliced almonds in place of sunflower seeds

Amazing Broccoli Slaw Salad with Cranberries

This broccoli slaw salad with cranberries is a winning combination and a great family friendly recipe.  The fresh crisp broccoli mixed in this broccoli cranberry salad is a great compliment to your meal.

How to Store Your Prepared Cranberry Broccoli Slaw?

The best way to store the cranberry broccoli slaw or broccoli salad is in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  In fact, sometimes the broccoli slaw is even better the next day.

Quick and Easy Broccoli Salad Recipe with Craisins

All you will need for this recipe is six ingredients.  Most of the time I keep mayo, apple cider vinegar, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds on hand.  Basically, when I want to make this salad, I just have to grab some fresh crunchy broccoli from the grocery store. 

Making this recipe is a snap, and best of all, it is a no-cook recipe.  All you will need to do is do a little chopping and mixing.  So grab a large bowl, a cutting board, and a knife, and get ready to make the best broccoli salad recipe with craisins.

Easy Broccoli Salad with Craisins Cranberry

The best easy broccoli salad with craisins dried cranberries that you will love. This recipe is a delicious side dish with a crunchy texture.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 186 kcal


  • 2 heads Fresh Broccoli chopped
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 tsp Granulated Sugar Optional


  • In a large bowl, begin by adding chopped broccoli.
  • Mix in the remaining ingredients until all ingredients are mixed and coated.


Calories: 186kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 140mgPotassium: 517mgFiber: 5gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 958IUVitamin C: 136mgCalcium: 77mgIron: 1mg
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