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Easy Classic Costco Broccoli Salad

This Costco Broccoli Salad is packed with flavor and healthy ingredients, making it a perfect summer dish. The crunchy broccoli perfectly pairs with salty bacon bits, sweet dried cranberries, while sunflower seeds add extra crunch.

broccoli in a white bowl

Whether you are hosting a summer barbecue, attending a potluck or looking for a tasty side dish for your dinner, this salad will be your new go-to recipe. It’s simple to prepare and the perfect make-ahead dish.

🤍Why you will love this recipe

  • It’s the perfect side dish that is filled with the perfect blend of flavors and textures!
  • It’s a healthy broccoli salad recipe and a great way to eat more broccoli which is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • Costco broccoli salad is an easy recipe that is versatile; see variations below.
a picture of ingredients needed to make costco broccoli salad

Here is what you will need

This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this easy broccoli salad recipe; scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and detailed instructions.

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🛒Ingredients

  • Fresh broccoli florets
  • Onion
  • Bacon
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Dried cranberries
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Mayonnaise
  • Greek yogurt

🥄Equipment

How to make Costco broccoli salad

Prepare the ingredients: Clean and chop the broccoli into small pieces. Cook the bacon and crumble it, chop the onions.

Make the homemade dressing: Whisk together the vinegar, mayonnaise and yogurt.

all of the ingredients in a salad bowl

STEP 1: Place broccoli, onions, dried cranberries, shredded cheese, and sunflower seeds into a large bowl.

STEP 2: Pour the dressing over the top of the salad. Gently toss to combine and serve.

pouring of dressing over the salad ingredients

Ingredient notes and substitutions

Dried cranberries – These add a sweet flavor to this salad, and can easily be replaced with an equal amount of raisins.

Sunflower seeds – Adding seeds enhances the texture and adds a nice crunch. Sunflower seeds can be substituted with an equal amount of pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds or sesame seeds.

Onion – Any variety of onions will work; I like to use sweet onion or red onion to add a little color to the salad.

Greek yogurt – Adds a little bit of a tangy flavor to the salad as well as extra protein. It can easily be swapped with sour cream or mayonnaise.

Cheddar cheese – Cheddar adds a little bite to the salad, and can be swapped with an equal amount your favorite cheese such as mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, parmesan cheese or blue cheese.

overhead view of broccoli salad

Serving Suggestions

This salad is delicious as a side salad with any of your favorite summer recipes, such as grilled seafood, burgers, chicken or pork.

It’s also a great recipe for a backyard barbecue with potato salad or macaroni salad and a zesty arugula salad.

Recipe variations

One of the great things about salads is their versatility. Here are some variations to inspire experimenting with different flavor profiles. Enjoy creating something new!

Make it a full meal – Make broccoli salad a full meal with a boost the protein content by adding grilled chicken, or shrimp.

Creamy ranch broccoli salad – Replace the dressing with your favorite ranch dressing.

Broccoli slaw salad – Replace the broccoli florets with broccoli slaw, which is made from broccoli stems for a unique twist on this copycat costco broccoli salad.

Make it vegetarian – Skip the bacon or use vegetarian bacon.

a close up picture of broccoli salad in a bowl

How to store leftover salad

This delicious salad tastes even better the next day, so don’t be afraid of leftovers. Broccoli salad can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Add a little mayonnaise or Greek yogurt if it seems dry.

💡Tips

  • If you don’t like the texture of raw broccoli, lightly boil the florets for a minute or two to soften them.
  • To prevent over dressing, gradually add dressing and toss. Add more as necessary.
  • If you plan to have leftovers, set aside a small amount of dressing to use on the leftover broccoli salad.
  • Shortcut tip! Use pre-washed and cut broccoli florets that are available in most grocery stores.
Can I make broccoli salad ahead of time?

Absolutely! In fact, this salad tastes much better after the flavors have had a chance to meld together. You can prepare this salad a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator.

Can I use frozen broccoli to make Costco broccoli salad?

While fresh is best, you can use frozen broccoli. Boil the frozen florets for a minute or two, and thoroughly dry and cool before adding to the salad. Keep in mind that the flavor of frozen broccoli will have ai different flavor and texture than fresh.

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Costco Broccoli Salad Recipe

Anne
An easy salad recipe packed with flavor and perfect for your entertaining!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 148 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Broccoli Florets
  • 1/4 cup Onion Chopped
  • 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese Shredded
  • 2 slices Cooked Bacon Crumbled
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the ingredients: Clean and chop the broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Cook the bacon and crumble it, chop the onions.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients ( 1/4 cup Mayonnaise, 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt, 1 1/2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar) together in a small bowl or jar.
  • Place 2 cups Broccoli Florets, 1/4 cup Onion, 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds, 1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese. 2 slices Cooked Bacon into a mixing bowl.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients, and stir to combine.

Notes

Store leftover broccoli salad in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Greek yogurt can be substituted with mayonnaise for a dressing made with all mayonnaise.
See the article above for recipe tips, variations and more!

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcalCarbohydrates: 9.1gProtein: 8.6gFat: 9.4gSaturated Fat: 2.6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.6gMonounsaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 667mg
Keyword Costco Broccoli Salad
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