The Best Broccoli Salad Recipe (and a $50 giveaway)

The Best Broccoli Salad You'll Ever Eat

I love broccoli. I love it raw, baked, drenched in cheese, and splashed with balsamic vinegar. I’ve never met a broccoli dish I didn’t like.

When Joe and I were thinking about adding a vegetable dish to our beloved Thanksgiving feast, we both thought of broccoli, but neither of us had a recipe in mind.

Suddenly, it was the night before our feast, and we still hadn’t decided on a recipe. I took matters into my own hands.

I was glad to have a couple of bags of Beneforté® broccoli. It’s washed, cut (in bite-sized pieces), and ready to use, so I opened the bag and dumped it into a bowl to make my favorite broccoli salad recipe.

My broccoli salad was the biggest hit of the meal. There were only 3 or 4 little broccoli pieces left over, not even a bowlful.

I was sad about that. I wanted to have it for breakfast the next day.

There wasn’t enough left over for breakfast.

4.3 from 14 reviews
The Best Broccoli Salad You'll Ever Eat
  • The Best Broccoli Salad You'll Ever Eat
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 1 pound Beneforté broccoli
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons Nakano rice wine vinegar, garlic flavor (that's a little more than ⅓ cup)
  • 1 large clove garlic (or 2 small ones)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 cups low fat mayonnaise (I wouldn't recommend Miracle Whip in this recipe.)
  1. Cook bacon over medium high heat. Drain it well and pat dry to remove as much of the grease as possible. Crumble the dried bacon and set it aside.
  2. Pour half of the Beneforté broccoli into a large mixing bowl. Add to it a large handful of golden raisins (my sister says that's a cup but I think it's more than that) and a large handful of walnuts. The Best Broccoli Salad You'll Ever Eat
  3. Add the crumbled bacon and two big handfuls of shredded cheddar cheese. Don't worry about mixing it up yet. The Best Broccoli Salad You'll Ever Eat
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together rice wine vinegar, garlic, sugar, and mayo. The Best Broccoli Salad You'll Ever Eat
  5. Pour the dressing over the broccoli and toss it well. Make sure it's all blended and well-coated.
  6. Refrigerate the salad for a couple of hours or overnight, to let the flavors blend.

This recipe came out so well that I made it again for our second Thanksgiving with Old Grandma, and this time, doubled the recipe. It lasted a little longer, but not much.

As I mentioned above, I made my broccoli salad with Beneforté from the Eat Smart brand. They recommend eating Beneforté broccoli uncooked or lightly steamed (to preserve more of the nutrients), so broccoli salad was a perfect way to use it!

Beneforté is a naturally better broccoli that is the result of a ten-year process of  cross-pollination and selection.

Are you wondering what makes it naturally better? I was.

Beneforté combines the best characteristics of commercial broccoli with a wild variety found in Southern Italy that has a unique, increased ability to produce the phytonutrient glucoraphanin. Beneforte contains 2-3 times more of this nutrient than other varieties of broccoli. Glucoraphanin naturally boosts the body’s level of antioxidants enzymes, protecting you against environmental pollutants and free radicals.

You can learn more at Eat Smart Beneforté.

Win a $50 Sam’s Club gift card!

Beneforté broccoli is available nationwide at Sam’s Club and select grocery stores, so Beneforté is providing a $50 Sam’s Club gift card to one lucky Feels Like Home reader!

To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment stating your favorite broccoli recipe. You can leave the link to it if you’d like.

Sweepstakes Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

This sweepstakes is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

This sweepstakes runs from 12/10 – 12/17/12.

Good luck!

Compensation, giveaway prize, and product samples were received to share my honest opinion as a Beneforté Broccoli Ambassador.

© 2012, Tara Ziegmont. All rights reserved.


  1. Ashley W says

    would love to try the beneforte broccoli! my kids and I can’t wait to try this broccoli salad recipe

  2. Chavonne H says

    I had an amazing Broccoli Casserole for Thanksgiving that a friend made. It contained Velveeta Cheese and Bread Crumbs with Broccoli of course, it was insanely delicious!! and I hope she makes it again for Christmas. I could eat that every single day!!

  3. Sue C. says

    Your recipe sounds and looks delish! Our family likes to keep broccoli simple, just steamed with a little cheese sauce.

  4. Kay C says

    I don’t have a recipe for it. But I like cabbage and broccoli bake…with some cream of anything soup and melt cheese over the top. Salt and pepper to taste. Or just love broccoli raw with dip.

  5. Victoria Carlson says

    Favorite brocolli recipe is sauteing brocolli, potatoes, minced garlic and basil! Sooo good!

  6. Monica says

    Longhorn Steakhouse makes the best broccoli!! i do not know what they put in it but it is so good!

  7. Joseph Stowell says

    My favorite broccoli recipe is a frittata with broccoli, ham, mushrooms, and feta cheese. Yum!

  8. Wendy Kroy says

    I used to love the broccoli and sun dried tomato penne at California Pizza Kitchen years and years ago.

  9. Nichola says

    Roasted Broccoli- Preheat oven to 425, coat chopped fresh brocolli with olive oil. Add chopped Garlic, roast for 20-25 minutes. Top with parmesan and lemon juice. YUM!

  10. Teresa R. says

    My favorite recipe for broccoli is a broccoli and beef stir fry I found on Mel’s kitchen cafe blog. Thanks for this great giveaway.

  11. Mary DeBorde says

    My daughter LOVES broccoli, so I’m giving her your recipe! Thank you so much
    for sharing, plus this sweet giveaway <3

    My favorite broccoli dish is simple but tasty:
    Warm up about 1/2 cup of sweet & sour sauce in a med sized saucepan.
    Add to this about 2 cups diced broccoli or just the *flowerettes*.
    Throw in a fistful of finely chopped almonds or cashews.
    Warm and stir the above.

    THEN, thinly spread whipped cream cheese over the contents of a box of rice crackers.
    Pour the warmed broccoli mixture into 4 guest/serving bowls and arrange several of the rice crackers around the outside of each serving bowl.

    Optional: Serve with sticky rice instead of/or in addition to rice crackers
    Feeds 4

    Happy Holidays <3
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

  12. Crystal F says

    I’d never even heard of broccoli salad until this past Friday night. My hubby tried it for the first time and we have been looking for recipes for it every since so thanks for the great recipe.

    The only time I normally eat broccoli is raw with ranch dressing. I’m not a fan of cooked broccoli. thank you!

  13. Amy Green says

    Mine is a rice bowl I make, with layers: cooked, frozen broccoli on the bottom, melted cheese slice, white or premium, rice, shredded turkey or chicken lunch meat, topped off with another melted cheese slice!

  14. joseph gersch jr says

    i love broccolli, turkey, pasta and chicken with cream of mushrooom soup baked as a casserole

  15. Rachael E says

    I love a good stir fry with extra broccoli. My favorite is when you use tofu instead of meat with a little bit of spicy stir fry sauce. It’s amazing!

  16. Louis says

    broccoli and cheese soup with toast
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com