My Husband's Broccoli-Nut Salad

October  4, 2022
3 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes about 6 cups
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

Test Kitchen Notes

WHO: Janeofmanytrade is a pastry chef with a green thumb and an adoring cat.
WHAT: A tangy-and-sweet side to be shared.
HOW: Dress broccoli, carrots, onion, and walnuts in a mayonnaise-and-honey vinaigrette. Toss and serve—it's even better the next day!
WHY WE LOVE IT: A simple make-ahead salad that transforms crunchy, creamy, tangy, and sweet into a well-balanced dish. Consider adding elbow macaroni to turn it into a pasta salad! —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 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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2 Reviews

Alene C. February 5, 2022
I'm pretty much addicted to this recipe. Have made it about three times now and just
finished making another recipe of candied walnuts because I'm making the salad again tonight. The dressing itself is a treasure.
trotchford October 23, 2020
I love this salad AND would add a bit of garlic to the dressing. We've made this 5+ times and can't get enough!