Creamy Broccoli and Cucumber Salad

Creamy Broccoli and Cucumber Salad – this creamy, crunchy salad is so full of flavor and a great addition to the lunchbox, a picnic or a barbeque for Labor Day weekend or anytime.

Creamy Broccoli and Cucumber Salad

I’ve shared many of my family’s favorite summer salads including my Bacon Arugula Tomato and White Bean Pasta Salad, Two Bean Salad with Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette, Creamy Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Olives and Raisins and most recently my Caprese Pasta Salad. Today, I have another favorite, this delicious Creamy Broccoli and Cucumber Salad.

Crunchy broccoli and cucumbers along with some red onions are tossed in a creamy dressing, garlic gives it a nice kick and honey adds a touch of sweetness; raisins and sunflower seeds provide additional sweetness and crunch. Altogether, this salad is so delicious and full of flavor. Even people who are not fans of broccoli, raw or otherwise, love this salad, it is that good.


Creamy Broccoli and Cucumber Salad

This Creamy Broccoli and Cucumber Salad is so versatile and I’ve made many variations of it over the years, depending on what I have in the refrigerator.

I’ve made this salad with half broccoli and half cauliflower, I’ve left out the sunflower seeds and/or raisins, I’ve used celery instead of cucumber and green onions instead of red onion — all versions are delicious.

Creamy Broccoli and Cucumber Salad

In South Hero, VT, one of the Champlain Islands where we have our lake house, there is a wonderful vineyard called Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery. During the summer the vineyard has a concert series, each Thursday evening they have a different band and they open up the grounds to the public for picnicking.

The concerts are a lot of fun for both kids and adults and are very popular, and people bring the most elaborate picnics. This Creamy Broccoli and Cucumber Salad is a regular at our concert picnics and is always a big hit with whichever guests we have staying with us at the time.

Creamy Broccoli and Cucumber Salad

This delicious Creamy Broccoli and Cucumber Salad is a wonderful dish for picnics or in the lunchbox. This creamy, crunchy salad is also a great accompaniment to all sorts of grilled entrees and is the perfect addition to your next barbeque this Labor Day weekend or anytime.

Does your family have a favorite broccoli salad recipe? Let me know in the comments below!

Creamy Broccoli and Cucumber Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 6 - 8 servings

Creamy Broccoli and Cucumber Salad

Creamy Broccoli and Cucumber Salad - this creamy, crunchy salad is so full of flavor and a great addition to the lunchbox, a picnic or a barbeque for Labor Day weekend or anytime.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups broccoli florets and chopped tender insides of broccoli stems (from about 3 broccoli crowns)
  • 2 cups chopped cucumber (about 1-inch chunks)
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (regular or light)
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • additional salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add broccoli, cucumber, red onion, raisins and sunflower seeds to a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, garlic, honey and 1 teaspoon salt to make a dressing.
  3. Pour dressing over broccoli and cucumber mixture, toss to combine.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Refrigerate salad for at least 4 hours before serving.
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23 comments

  1. Erlene says:

    Interesting combo with the broccoli and cucumbers. My kids love broccoli and I think the addition of cucumbers will be a nice change from just plain broccoli salad.

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