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Broccoli-Cashew Salad Recipe

by elyn_ryn

This Broccoli-Cashew Salad Recipe with cashews and oranges is a tasty way to add a green vegetable to your diet. Leave off the bacon for a vegetarian salad.

Broccoli-Cashew Salad Recipe with its beautiful colors.

Make this Salad Year-Round

We eat broccoli salad year-round, even though I consider it a summer salad. But when nippy fall days start to roll around, I make broccoli salad at least once between Copycat Panera Broccoli Soup and Cheesy Broccoli Soup. The great thing about this salad is that it uses year-round-available ingredients but tastes fresh like a summer salad!

Tips for using Mandarin Oranges and Cashews

This salad is similar to my Broccoli Salad with Pecan, but it has cashews, dried cranberries, and mandarin oranges. It is a tasty salad, but I have two tips for adding oranges and cashews. One, drain the mandarin oranges very well. Use a strainer to let most of the juice drip off the oranges, and then pat them dry with a towel. Gently fold in the oranges when mixing so as not to break them. The oranges should keep their juice contained to prevent a runny salad!

The second tip is to add the cashews just before serving this salad because they can become soft after sitting in the dressing for a while. The cashews are best when they have a crunch to them.

Make a Vegetarian Salad

Occasionally, I leave off the bacon when I make broccoli salad to create a vegetarian salad. The first time a friend shared this broccoli salad recipe with me, she made a note that said add crispy fried bacon if desired. It was handwritten as an afterthought to the recipe, so I made this recipe as a vegetarian salad for a long time. If I am serving this salad to a group of people, I place the bacon in a small dish on the side and let guests add bacon to their salad if they prefer it.

Use a Clear Serving Dish

Serve this eye-catching salad in a see-through serving dish so you can see all its pretty colors. Enjoy!

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Broccoli-Cashew Salad
Broccoli salad with cashews, dried cranberries, bacon, mandarin oranges, and cheese
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Prep Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Drain the oranges in a strainer.
  2. Combine the mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, mustard, and paprika in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Wash and dry the broccoli. Break it into small florets and trim off the stalks.
  4. Combine the broccoli, cranberries, onion, bacon, and cheese in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss to mix.
  5. Just before serving, stir in the cashews. Pat the oranges dry with a paper towel and then fold them into the salad. Take care not to break the oranges to prevent the sauce from becoming runny.
Recipe Notes

Substitutions

You can substitute cheddar cheese for mozzarella cheese.

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