Mandarin Broccoli Salad

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Mandarin Broccoli Salad is both sweet and tangy with lots of crunch. This colorful salad makes a great addition to a cookout or potluck and can be made ahead of time for ease and convenience.

Mandarin Broccoli Salad in a blue serving bowl.

 

In fact, it should be made at least an hour ahewad of time so it has time to chill and the flavors can blend a little bit. So refreshing on a hot day!

This easy side salad is a combination of fresh broccoli florets, canned mandarin oranges, red onion, craisins, and toasted pecans or almonds all tossed together in a simple dressing made from mayonnaise, sugar, and apple cider vinegar.

Broccoli Mandarin Salad- close-up in a blue serving bowl.

 

Tips For Making Mandarin Broccoli Salad:

  • Mix the nuts in just before serving so they don’t get soggy.
  • Will keep in the refrigerator for a day or two. The broccoli pieces get a little less crisp as time goes by, but it is still delicious. After 2 days the broccoli will get limp and the dressing will be watery.
  • As is, this recipe is a great vegetarian side, but bacon can be added for extra flavor and saltiness.
  • Raisins can be used instead of Craisins.
  • Cut the broccoli into small bite-sized pieces. It’s much easier to eat than if you leave the florets larger in size.
  • Add a little black pepper if you wish.
  • I don’t like to make this dish spicy. I think it tastes better just sweet and tangy but you can add apinch or two of cayenne pepper if you want a little heat.

Mandarin Broccoli Salad in a serving bowl with fresh broccoli in background.

 

Try These Other Side Dishes and Salads That Are Perfect for Potlucks:

Mandarin Broccoli Salad in a blue serving bowl.

Mandarin Broccoli Salad

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli salad, vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 256kcal
Mandarin Broccoli Salad is both sweet and tangy with lots of crunch. This colorful salad makes a great addition to a cookout or potluck and can be made ahead of time for ease and convenience.
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 5 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/3 cup Craisins
  • 1/2 cups toasted chopped pecans or sliced almonds

Instructions

  • Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar in a small bowl.
  • Combine broccoli, red onion, oranges, and craisins in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Add pecans or almonds just before serving.

Notes

Leftovers will keep for a day or two.

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcal

Mandarin Broccoli Salad in a blue serving bowl

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