Broccoli Cashew Salad


I am down to my last week of pregnancy.  This last little part has seemed longer than the entire nine months!  I just can’t wait for this little girl to get here.  I got her crib today for her room and I can’t wait for my hubby to assemble it.  I also can’t wait to breathe like a normal person again and to not have huge and swollen elephant feet.  🙂

With Memorial Day coming up my family planned a big get together and barbecue.  I always love a delicious and fresh salad when we get together.  This salad was definitely amazing.  It had so many yummy textures and tastes combined.  I loved the crunch and flavor that the cashews added to this salad.  If you are looking for a delicious salad that combines fresh broccoli and yummy textures, you won’t be disappointed by this one!

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Broccoli Cashew Salad
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A delicious broccoli salad combined with yummy flavors and textures and cashews!
Serves: 8
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 pounds fresh broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup roasted cashews
  • ¼ red onion, finely chopped
  1. Cook and crumble the bacon. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, cider vinegar, and sugar. Whisk together until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add the broccoli, bacon, and cashews. Mix together until the salad is coated well in the mayonnaise mixture. Chill for 2 hours and let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Recipe Adapted from All Recipes


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  1. I love everything in this salad 😀

  2. Karen Dorfman says:

    This salad is absolutely delicious.. I have a party to attend this weekend and I will be serving this salad. The mayo in the salad threw me off, but what a great combination. I rate this recipe a 5 star for me

  3. This has always been one of my favorite salads to take to a family reunion or church homecoming. I sometimes substitute pecans for the cashews and I add craisins to the salad sometimes too. I also make the dressing first because sometimes it does take awhile to get the sugar to dissolve completely. When in a hurry, I have bought the broccoli florets already cut from the stalk (because again this can be time consuming). I also substituted the 2 packages of the real bacon bits instead of frying the bacon. I have had this salad in a restaurant and shredded cheese was added also.

  4. What can you use as a bacon substitute fur vegetarians?

  5. This looks awesome and I’m excited to try it but I’m a little nervous about adding 1/2 cup of sugar to a salad. Does it just help to balance out the bitter that broccoli can have? Has anyone tried it using a reduced amount of sugar? Also, wondering if I can use superfine bakers sugar? Thanks so much for any advice you can offer. The recipe really does look delicious and I’m looking forward to trying it. I think it’s something my husband would enjoy, as well.

  6. I made this years ago.. and the recipe I had has some cherry tomatoes in it.. also a little soy sauce in the dressing.. gave it an Oriental taste… I also found that you don’t want to put the nuts in early.. they get kinda soft or soggyish… But it is a great salad… just tweek it to your liking… love the ideas in the comments also…. Thanks..

    • Oh… don’t dump the broccoli stocks….. peel the thick outer part off and the stocks are the very best.. actually my favorite part of broccoli.. YUMMMMM ..

  7. I too am curious about a half cup of sugar. I think I will try it with a 1/4 at first.

  8. I tried this recipe with a reduced amount of mayonnaise and a reduced amount of sugar and it was delicious! I served the bacon bits on the side because my niece is vegetarian but she INHALED this salad! I used Best Foods Olive Oil mayonnaise and Fage 2% Greek yogurt to make 1/2 cup and used 1 generous teaspoon of sugar and 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. I added roasted, salted, shelled sunflower seeds along with the cashews and added a small handful of reduced sugar craisins, as well. This is a great recipe that is a that is incredibly versatile! Definitely one that will be going into our monthly menu rotation and high on the list for potlucks and community gatherings.

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