This colorful, fresh broccoli salad looks like a lot of work to make, but it really doesn’t have that many ingredients and is pretty quick and easy to whip together. It’s the perfect side dish for any occasion, but toss with some shredded rotisserie chicken or shrimp and you have an entree salad in minutes.
Earthy broccoli, sweet dried cranberries, crunchy sunflower seeds and almonds, and sharp cheddar cheese make up the body of this hearty and healthy dish, which is then drizzled with a creamy lemon poppyseed dressing. The dressing recipe for this is similar to the broccoli salad dressing you’re used to with real mayonnaise, granulated sugar, poppyseeds, and red wine vinegar. The only difference really is a squirt of fresh lemon juice. In fact, you could really simplify things and buy prepared poppyseed salad dressing and add a splash of fresh lemon!
According to Chelsea, the cook behind Chelsea’s Messy Apron, the trick to making this extra delicious, is to chop your broccoli super small. Not only does that ensure you’ll get a bit of all the good ingredients in every bite, but all the nooks and crannies of the florets will really soak up that sweet and tangy dressing.
With spring on it’s way and summer fast approaching, a broccoli salad makes a bright addition to your backyard barbecue or picnic!
Head to Chelsea’s Messy Apron for this Lemon Poppyseed Broccoli Salad recipe.