Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad | Amanda's Cookin'

Broccoli salad has been around a long time. I remember eating variations of it at office birthday parties and for special get togethers. Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables, raw or cooked, it’s in my top ten. While I’ve made a Broccoli Slaw before, I’ve never actually made a broccoli salad, until this weekend.

Broccoli Salad | Amanda's Cookin'

It’s time again for The Secret Recipe Club. This month my assignment was to visit the lovely Vanderbilt Wife blog and find something to make.

Broccoli Salad | Amanda's Cookin'

We’ve had a very busy past few weeks. My oldest son was ill and we spent a lot of time devoted to that, and then this past weekend my daughter graduated from high school. I needed something I could throw together fast but would please the masses. We were having a small gathering after the graduation ceremony with family and friends and I had several dishes planned. I found Gayle’s Broccoli Salad on Jessie’s blog and knew it was just the thing!

Broccoli Salad | Amanda's Cookin'

I made a couple minor changes, adjusting the amount of mayonnaise and adding in some mustard. I also added some cracked pepper and dried dill, changed out the type of cheese and used Tarragon vinegar instead of white. This is such an easy recipe and totally a crowd winner, everyone loved it! Thanks Jessie for a great recipe to add to my collection!

Broccoli Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6

Serving Size: 1

Broccoli Salad


  • 1/2 lb. bacon
  • 1/2 cup Garlic and Onion Jack cheese, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced fine
  • 1 head broccoli, 2 cups or more
  • Dressing
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons brown spicy mustard
  • 4 teaspoons Tarragon vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Dice bacon, cook and drain, set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients.
  3. Cut broccoli into bite-size pieces and place into a large bowl. Add onion, cheese and bacon, toss. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat well.
  4. Store covered in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


  1. says

    Those changes look awesome, Amanda! Yum! I am not a big fan of mustard in cold salads like this … but given that my recipe today was roasted broccoli with lemon and mustard, I do like that combo!


  2. says

    Congrats on your daughter’s graduation. I adore broccoli salad and am always looking for tweeks and new versions so I’m keeping this recipe to try.

  3. says

    I loooooove broccoli salad, and this one sounds like a real winner… especially with the garlic and onion jack cheese. (I didn’t even know such a thing existed, but now that I do, I must have it!) The dried dill and tarragon vinegar sound like wonderful additions, too.
    Congrats on your daughter’s graduation, BTW. You must be so proud!

  4. says

    Congrats on your daughter’s graduation and I hope your son is feeling better! I have had broccoli salad often but the flavors here are very different to me. Looks delicious!

  5. says

    I love broccoli salad, sometimes I just eat a big serving as a meal! I add raisins to mine and sunflower seeds. Yours looks really nice and fresh!

  6. says

    I’m presently addicted to broccoli salad with cheddar and dried cranberries… I may have to branch out with my flavor combinations after seeing this! Great pick! Hope your son is feeling better and CONGRATS to the graduate!

  7. says

    Isn’t tarragon wonderful? I’ve only started using it in the last year or two, and I’m finding more and more uses for it. Congrats on your daughter’s graduation!


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