Creamy Broccoli Slaw

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Creamy Broccoli Slaw is a crunchy, crispy, summer addition to any barbecue, picnic, or potluck!

Shredded broccoli is mixed with tart granny smith apples, chewy dried cranberries, and crunchy sunflower seeds tossed in a simple creamy dressing!

Serve this as a side, on top of pulled pork sandwiches, or even in a wrap or burger!

Creamy Broccoli Slaw with sunflower seeds

Ingredients for Broccoli Slaw

Why decide between a broccoli salad and a creamy coleslaw when you can have both? This easy broccoli slaw recipe combines shredded broccoli stalks with carrots and a bit of purple cabbage.

  • Broccoli Slaw: Broccoli coleslaw mix is sold at almost any grocery store near the bagged salads. You can also easily make your own with broccoli stems.
  • Fruits: shredded granny smith apples and dried cranberries add sweetness
  • Seeds: we love sunflower seeds but they can be replaced with blanched almonds or other nuts
  • Dressing: mayo, vinegar, and sugar

Variations

  • This broccoli slaw dressing is great with almost any kind of coleslaw mix.
  • Add sliced green onion or diced red onion if desired.
  • A teaspoon or two of Dijon mustard can be added to the dressing.
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To Make Broccoli Slaw

  1. Salad: Cut granny smith apple into julienne matchsticks or small dice (recipe below). Toss with lemon juice to keep them from browning.
  2. Dressing: For the broccoli slaw dressing, combine the dressing ingredients.
  3. Combine: Toss all ingredients with the dressing and refrigerate to allow the flavors to blend.

This broccoli slaw recipe is a great way to use up broccoli stems. You can also finely chop some of the broccoli florets and add them in.

  1. Rinse the stems and peel away the tough outer layer.
  2. Cut the stems into fine matchsticks (julienne) or shred them with the largest holes on a box grater or food processor. I prefer fine matchsticks in this recipe.
  3. Use in place of bagged slaw in the recipe below.
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To Store Broccoli Slaw

Creamy broccoli slaw will keep up to four days in the refrigerator. If it gets a little watery, drain it, add some extra sunflower seeds for crunch!

Serve It Next To…

Broccoli slaw is such a versatile salad all year long! Scoop over a bed of mixed green lettuce and top with croutons or add into a wrap with slices of cooked bacon or even over pulled pork! Add some creamy crunch to your favorite hamburger.

Serve alongside grilled sausages or as a side to hotdogs for a new twist on a summer barbecue!

More Favorite Coleslaw Recipes

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Broccoli Slaw

Shredded broccoli is mixed with Granny Smith apples, dried cranberries, and crunchy sunflower seeds in a simple creamy dressing!

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 0 minutes

Chill Time 1 hour

Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Servings 12 servings

  • Cut the apple in half and remove the seeds. Cut into fine matchsticks (julienne) and toss with lemon juice.

  • In a large bowl, add the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and celery seed. Whisk to combine.

  • Add the broccoli slaw, apple, cranberries, and sunflower seeds. Mix well and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  • Garnish with additional sunflower seeds if desired.

*Dressing: This salad is lightly dressed for lots of crunch and fresh flavor. The dressing can be doubled if desired.
To shred your own slaw: You can also finely chop some of the broccoli florets and add them in along with shredded carrot and/or cabbage.

  1. Rinse the stems and peel away the tough outer layer.
  2. Cut the stems into fine matchsticks (julienne) or shred them with the largest holes on a box grater or food processor. I prefer fine matchsticks in this recipe.
  3. Use in place of bagged slaw in the recipe below.

Store leftover salad in a covered container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Stir before reserving. 

4.96 from 95 votes

Calories: 161 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 317IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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