Cranberry Almond Charred Broccoli Salad

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"Just in time to be quickly added to my Thanksgiving menu came this recipe via email from blogger Becky Hardin @ thecookierookiedotcom. Becky may not have started her "learn to cook journey" until after the age of 30, but IMO she made up for lost time w/lightening speed & my best proof of her expertise is this "perfect for Thanksgiving" side-dish salad. I'm in serious like w/this recipe. ENJOY!"

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (160.8 g)
  • Calories 214
  • Total Fat - 8.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 25 mg
  • Sodium - 864.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 10.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.9 g
  • Sugars - 3.1 g
  • Protein - 23.3 g
  • Calcium - 66.2 mg
  • Iron - 2.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Preheat oven to broil. Spread the diced broccoli over a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle w/oil & place under the broiler until slightly charred. Watch closely as it can burn quickly. Remove from oven & allow to cool.

Step 2

Place all ingredients EXCEPT bacon in a med-sized serving dish/bowl. Mix well & chill in the fridge 1-2 hrs or until ready to serve. Add crisp bacon just prior to serving.

TIP FROM BECKY: "If you prefer a milder onion flavor, soak it in cold water for 15 min & drain well B4 adding it to the salad. It takes the edge off!" (Added by Me - You can also make part of this salad using the milder onion flavor so it will be more kid-friendly if that's an issue.

NOTE #1 FROM ME: My preference is to plump the cranberries in water B4 adding them to the salad. I like texture, but this salad has lots of texture. I also feel the salad will be more flavorful w/the cranberries plumped.

NOTE #2 FROM ME: I've made more than my share of broccoli salads in my cooking lifetime & ALL of them were better if made a day ahead of intent to serve = Your choice.

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I made this exactly as written (not something I can often state!) and it was wonderful. Picky DGD skipped it (her loss) but all the adults thought it was great. I'm glad I "plumped" the craisins! Made for your Super Bowl win 2017

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(17 Feb 2017)

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We love broccoli salad and this salad was really delicious with addition of the charred broccoli (although I didn't char it too much - lightly browned). Loved all the ingredients; especially the bacon, almonds and cranberries. The dressing was delish as well. Will definitely make this salad again.

(25 Nov 2016)