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Savor a classic Broccoli Salad that is perfect for a light lunch or side dish. Hearty & delicious!

This fresh and flavorful single serving broccoli salad is loaded with plenty of fresh broccoli, bacon, dried cranberries, and a tangy dressing that will leave your taste buds craving more. If you’re craving a wholesome dish for yourself, this delightful salad is the perfect choice to brighten up your day and nourish your body.

Savor this delightful small batch broccoli salad, perfect as a crisp, rejuvenating lunch or as an ideal accompaniment to Broiled Chicken, Baked Salmon, or a classic hamburger.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Incredibly delicious: This broccoli salad is designed to provide you with a satisfying meal or side dish that is perfectly portioned for one person.
  • Versatile recipe: This salad is easy to customize and can be adapted to your tastes and preferences.
  • Quick and easy to prepare: This vegetable salad comes together quickly and is ideal for a busy lifestyle.
  • Recipe doubles well: Our recipe yields one generous serving of the best broccoli salad. If you’d like to make a second bowl or simply have some leftover, just double the ingredient amounts.
broccoli salad with shredded cheese, seeds, broccoli florets and dried fruit in a small bowl next to a beige napkin.

What Is A Broccoli Salad?

Broccoli salad is a delightful combination of fresh broccoli florets, mixed with other colorful vegetables, dried fruits, and sometimes nuts or seeds. It is typically tossed with a tangy and slightly sweet dressing, creating a refreshing and crunchy salad that’s both delicious and packed with nutrients.

Ingredients

broccoli salad ingredients on a kitchen counter.
  • Broccoli: Use fresh broccoli florets for the best texture and flavor. There is no need to blanch the broccoli first. Frozen broccoli is not recommended for this salad. If you’ve got extra broccoli, consider using it in Pasta Primavera, Vegetable Casserole, or Cashew Chicken.
  • Cheese: I prefer using shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Look for thick shredded cheese and stay away from the finely shredded variety. Extra cheese can be used in a Broccoli Casserole, Shrimp and Grits, or Baked Black Bean Tacos.
  • Dried cranberries: Or use raisins if preferred.
  • Bacon: I use 1 strip of cooked and chopped bacon. Pre-cooked bacon will save you time but make sure you are using real bacon pieces and not imitation flavored “bacon bits”. If you’ve got leftover bacon, consider freezing the bacon or using some in a German Potato Salad, Minestrone Soup, or Pasta Carbonara.
  • Sunflower seeds: This ingredient adds a delicious crunch to the salad. Extra sunflower seeds can be added to a small batch of Morning Glory Muffins.
  • Chopped red onions: Gives the salad extra crunch and flavor. Use any leftover onions in Chicken Shawarma, Steak Fajitas, or make a small batch of quick Pickled Onions.
  • Dressing ingredients: Mayonnaise, sour cream, white wine vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, and black pepper. For a lighter version, substitute the mayonnaise and/or sour cream with plain Greek yogurt or a mix of Greek yogurt and mayonnaise.

This is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why I used them. For the full recipe please scroll down to the recipe box at the bottom of the post.

Effortless Guide To Cutting Broccoli Florets

Prepping broccoli florets for your single serving broccoli salad couldn’t be easier; here’s a quick guide to help you get those bite-sized pieces perfect every time.

Slice off the broccoli crown near the stem, breaking it into large florets. Then, snip the stem of each floret to create bite-sized portions.

This simple method ensures you get the ideal broccoli pieces for your solo salad experience.

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How To Make Broccoli Salad

These step-by-step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make a small batch of broccoli salad. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Combine the broccoli florets, cheese, dried cranberries, cooked and crumbled bacon, onions, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
broccoli salad without dressing in a large bowl.
  1. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, white wine vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper.
broccoli salad dressing in a small bowl.
  1. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir well. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  2. Enjoy chilled!
broccoli salad with dressing in a large mixing bowl.

Expert Tips

  • Read through the entire recipe and the Ingredient Notes section of the post and gather your ingredients. This small broccoli salad comes together quickly so it’s a good idea to have everything ready before beginning.
  • Cut your broccoli small. Because this recipe calls for using fresh broccoli, you want to make sure the pieces are small enough to become fully coated and soften slightly with the dressing.
  • Adjust the dressing ingredients to suit your taste preferences, adding more vinegar for tanginess or more sugar for sweetness.
  • Let the salad chill. This salad is great right after it’s made, but it’s even better after an hour or more so that the flavors can develop.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I double this broccoli salad recipe?

Absolutely! This mini broccoli salad recipe yields one generous bowl of the best broccoli salad. If you’d like to make a second bowl, just double the ingredient amounts.

Can I make broccoli salad in advance?

Yes. You can prepare the salad up to 3 days in advance. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy it.

Can I add other ingredients to this broccoli salad recipe?

Yes! Feel free to add other vegetables, fruits, nuts, or seeds to customize your salad.

How can I lighten broccoli salad?

Keep in mind that broccoli salad with bacon and cheese is meant to be an indulgent side dish and is not a health food. To lighten the salad, replace some or all of the sour cream or mayonnaise with plain Greek yogurt, eliminate the cheese, and add more vegetables.

a small bowl of broccoli bacon salad with a fork on the side of the bowl.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

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Broccoli Salad For One

5 from 4 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Savor a single serving, classic Broccoli Salad filled with fresh vegetables and a tangy-sweet dressing! A quick, versatile recipe perfect for a light lunch or side dish. Hearty & delicious!

Equipment

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • ¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (If possible, use thick shredded cheese)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 strip bacon , cooked and chopped in ¼-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons chopped red onions
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

For the dressing

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Combine the broccoli florets, cheese, dried cranberries, cooked and crumbled bacon, onions, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
  • In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, white wine vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and stir well. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Enjoy chilled!

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Read through the entire recipe and the Ingredient Notes section of the post and gather your ingredients. This small broccoli salad comes together quickly so it’s a good idea to have everything ready before beginning.
  • Cut your broccoli small. Because this recipe calls for using fresh broccoli, you want to make sure the pieces are small enough to become fully coated and soften slightly with the dressing.
  • Adjust the dressing ingredients to suit your taste preferences, adding more vinegar for tanginess or more sugar for sweetness.
  • Let the salad chill. This salad is great right after it’s made, but it’s even better after an hour or more so that the flavors can develop.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 855kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 78g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 31g, Monounsaturated Fat: 19g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 76mg, Sodium: 960mg, Potassium: 586mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 1055IU, Vitamin C: 84mg, Calcium: 298mg, Iron: 2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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3 Comments

  1. Really very good! I added more raisins to make it sweeter. Love how you have recipes available for leftover ingredients.
    Thank you so much.

  2. The crunch of the celery, the bite of sweet with a little chew of the cranberry an=ll dressed in a lovely dressing that is not overly sweet. YUM!