Deli Style Broccoli Cheddar Salad

Deli Style Broccoli Cheddar Salad is just like the broccoli salad you can get at the deli, but super simple to make at home!

Deli Style Broccoli Cheddar Salad is filled with fresh broccoli and other mix-in’s then tossed in a creamy dressing.

Deli Style Broccoli Cheddar Salad is just like the broccoli salad you can get at the deli, but super simple to make at home!pinterestDeli Style Broccoli Cheddar Salad is super quick and easy to make, yet tastes like it came from the deli!

My husband is a huge fan of broccoli salad. In fact, when we lived in Canada, there was a deli in our small town that served sandwiches with your choice of a side dish. He would always choose the broccoli salad because it had shredded cheddar cheese in it.

Deli Style Broccoli Cheddar Salad is just like the broccoli salad you can get at the deli, but super simple to make at home!

I have another recipe on blog for a broccoli salad, that is similar to this one, but it doesn’t have the cheese.

So I had to make a copycat recipe of the one in that deli so my husband would be happy. He LOVED this one!

Deli Style Broccoli Cheddar Salad is just like the broccoli salad you can get at the deli, but super simple to make at home!

I loved this salad too. Broccoli salad is perfect for taking to any pot luck or bbq. It’s super quick to whip up, and always seems to be one of the more popular side dishes.

Here are some more mix-in ideas for this Deli Style Broccoli Cheddar Salad:

  • Mix in 2 cups fresh broccoli with 2 cups broccoli slaw instead of all broccoli
  • Try using chopped pecans or roasted cashews instead of sunflower seeds
  • Use golden raisins instead of dried cranberries
  • Cube your cheese rather than shred it
  • Add crispy chopped bacon to the salad

Deli Style Broccoli Cheddar Salad is just like the broccoli salad you can get at the deli, but super simple to make at home!

One of my biggest tricks with this broccoli salad has to do with those dried cranberries.

Rather than just toss them in (which you totally could), I soak them in hot water for about 10 minutes, then I drain them and add them in the salad. This brings a little more life back to the dried fruit and makes them more flavorful and juicy.

Deli Style Broccoli Cheddar Salad is just like the broccoli salad you can get at the deli, but super simple to make at home!

You’re definitely going to want to give this salad a try!

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Deli Style Broccoli Cheddar Salad

Deli Style Broccoli Cheddar Salad is filled with fresh broccoli and other mix-in’s then tossed in a creamy dressing.

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 30 min.
  • Total Time: 30 min.
  • Yield: serves 6 to 8 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
  • 4 cups chopped broccoli florets, bite size pieces
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 large purple onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup roasted sunflower seeds

For the Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (you can also use white wine vinegar or rice vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine the 1 cup of dried cranberries with 2 cups of hot water (I just use the hot water from my sink). Let the cranberries sit for 10 minutes so they begin to plump back up. Drain and add to a large bowl.
  2. Add the broccoli, cheese, onion and sunflower seeds to the large bowl and toss to combine.

For the dressing:

  1. Whisk together the mayo, apple cider vinegar and sugar until smooth and sugar is dissolved. Pour dressing over broccoli mixture and toss to coat. Keep in fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Notes

Soaking the dried cranberries is an optional step, but is highly recommended.

Keywords: deli style, broccoli, cheddar cheese, salad

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Deli Style Broccoli Cheddar Salad is just like the broccoli salad you can get at the deli, but super simple to make at home!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
4 Responses
    1. Patty Mason

      I parboil my broccoli before I chop it. I hold 3 heads of broccoli by the stems and dunk the heads in boiling water for 10 seconds and then plunge them into ice water. I drain thoroughly and then cut into florets.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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