My Husband's Broccoli-Nut Salad

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Author Notes: Broccoli-nut salad is a Southern potluck staple. Raw broccoli florets are combined with grated carrots, diced red onions, and candied walnuts then tossed with a slightly tangy and sweet dressing. Some folks add bacon bits, others add dried cranberries or raisins, and then there are those that mix in salted peanuts, but we like ours with candied walnuts. However you like it, it's the perfect summer meal served outdoors. While you can always make your own candied walnuts, we picked up a bag on our last trip to Trader Joe's.janeofmanytrade

Food52 Review: Wow this is one action packed salad! While I live in the south, I'm not familiar with broccoli nut salad. However, I will be on the lookout for it at any and all future gatherings. The candied walnuts are incredible (don't skimp on them) and give the dish a modern feel. All the vibrant colors create such an inviting appearance. It's a wild ride of crunchy, creamy, tangy, and sweet and ends up being perfectly well-balanced. I was tempted to toss in some cooked elbow macaroni to turn it into a pasta salad!Stephanie Anderson

Makes about 6 cups

  • 4 cups broccoli florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 carrots, peeled then grated
  • 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped candied walnuts
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons wildflower honey
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, plus more as desired
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  1. In a mixing bowl, toss together the broccoli, carrot, onion, and walnuts. Set aside while you prepare the dressing.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, honey, and vinegar. Taste the dressing. If it is a little too sweet for you, add another tablespoon of vinegar. Add the salt, combine, and pour over the vegetables and walnuts.
  3. Toss the salad until the vegetables are well coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Before serving, toss the salad once again and serve it chilled.

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