Mom’s Broccoli Salad

by | Mar 13, 2021 | Gluten Free, Nut Free, Recipes, Salads

I don’t remember having much broccoli around when I was a kid, so I never had a chance to hate it..

I think my mom started making this salad when I was a teenager, and it quickly became a hit in our family – I love the crunchiness of fresh broccoli (crunchy is my favourite texture in food..!) and the combination of mustard, balsamic and maple in the dressing is just a celebration in your mouth! 

This salad is quick to put together, but if you have some patience, let it sit in the fridge for a while – it will make it even better!


Prep time: 10 minutes
Wait time: 1-2 hours
Serves 2-4

Nut free Gluten free

(Nut free optional)



  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup pistachios, walnuts, or pecans (use pumpkin seeds for a nut free option)


In a medium sized container with a lid, place maple, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mustard, salt, pepper and minced garlic.

Whisk together.

Add broccoli florets, green onions and dried cranberries.

Close the lid and give the container a good shake.

Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving, shaking the container periodically.

To serve, top with pistachios, walnuts, pecans, or pumpkin seeds.

You can keep this salad simple, or add some other veggies or fruit – like radish, red cabbage, carrot matchsticks, cucumber, fresh green peas, green apple, etc.


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