Broccoli Salad with Cashews and Raisins

by Andie Mitchell on October 5, 2011


You know how I adore broccoli. broccoli_salad-3

Even broccoli knows.


Metropolitan Market, the grocery shop just up the block from my homestead, turned me on to this tangy-sweet mixture. I was instantly smitten.

In fact, for a whole day and a half (just shy of 33 hours), I resisted roasting and overtly salting my broccoli as I usually do. Instead, I slathered florets in a creamy homemade dressing, let the flavors blend for more hours than I possessed patience, and then smiled my way through dinner.

The cashews add a warm richness while the raisins, well, you know as well as I do how sweet they can be.

Try it; I think you’ll be happy you did.


Broccoli Salad with Cashews, Raisins, and Red Onion


  • 3 crowns fresh broccoli, cut into small, bite-sized florets
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup cashews, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (preferably low or full fat) 
  • 3 tablespoons sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


  1. Toss broccoli, onion, raisins, and cashews in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, sugar, salt, and vinegar in a small bowl. Pour over broccoli and mix well to combine. Cover and chill the salad for at least 3 hours before eating.

Makes an absolute boatload.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes October 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

This looks soo good. Broccoli can get old real fast… this looks like a delicious new way to have it! Your pictures of it are beautiful.


Wendy October 6, 2011 at 12:57 am

Hi Andie – I haven’t visited your site in a while and wow what a feast you have on offer. This broccoli salad sounds divine – it is also nice if you add bits of crunchy bacon and pine nuts also go well with it.

Will definately try this version.


johnny October 6, 2011 at 3:08 am

Love broccoli and this looks like a real keeper :)


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh October 6, 2011 at 4:47 am

This looks like a great variation of a recipe an old co-worker gave to me a few years ago but his had bacon. I’ll have to give yours a go!

Then I got all excited at the end because my morning brain read “Makes an absolute boatload” as “Makes an absolute buttload” which I say all the time and thought I was the only one. Then I realized I was. D’oh!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 6, 2011 at 5:02 am

This sounds great Andie! I used to hate the savoury-sweet combo, and would rarely add raisins or other dried fruits to salads… but now I love em! Gorgeous photos as always!


Alicia October 6, 2011 at 6:12 am

I love broccoli salad. I add bacon and use dried cranberries in mine (that is if I don’t eat the bag of cranberries first). I will have to try replacing my sunflower seeds with cashews.


Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray October 6, 2011 at 6:18 am

Yum! I love broccoli salad and am digging the addition of cashews.


Lisa October 6, 2011 at 6:25 am

Yummy! (except the onions)

Do you use a pedometer? Just curious.


Carole October 6, 2011 at 8:16 am

Love broccoli salad. It’s good with bacon and sunflower seeds too!


Alisha @ Wee Foodie Fashionista October 6, 2011 at 8:36 am

Oooh, I’m not sure how you managed to keep yourself from roasting it and eating it up….unless you had several heads and roasted the others whilst these soaked up the sauce? Looks delish though. I love broccoli salad. And all broccoli. YUM.


Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I love this type of salad!! Now I can make my own! Great recipe :D


Jules October 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm

You’re back! I was waiting with bated breath for your return :)
This recipe will be perfect for our picnic at the vineyard on Saturday! And the sweet potato chili and accompanying corn bread are on the menu for Sunday and football.
Thanks Andie!


Karista @ Karista's Kitchen October 10, 2011 at 7:57 am

Love this recipe! I just shared on my FB page! Have a happy week. :)


pedro October 12, 2011 at 6:42 am

hello, i read your recipe now, looks great and while is seens quite healthy, people thinks that cooking takes a long time but there is a quick and healthy recipe.


HootieMcBoob October 13, 2011 at 8:49 am

So, it’s ridiculous how good this recipe is. Even my husband loved it, and he doesn’t like salad that doesn’t have bacon in it. Oooo, you know, I bet crumbled bacon would be good it this. He may be on to something.


Andrea October 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

Making this for tonight… part of my endless attempt to get my husband to enjoy his veggies!


Andrea October 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Made it! I did use nonfat greek yogurt bc it was what I had, and light canola mayonnaise. It was still yummy, didn’t taste like it was lacking anything to me despite being a little lighter. THANKS ANDREA!


Melinda October 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Broccoli is my fave veggie! I need to re-create this!


Melinda October 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Sorry, I think I used the wrong word- not re-create, but make this recipe! Can’t wait to try it :)


Vickie C October 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Finally a recipe you make that I already make too – we’re kindred spirits on this one! My favorite way to have broccoli, although I add a little bit of super-crisped and crumbled high-quality bacon. So good! I make it every Easter dinner.


Lisa July 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I took this to a bbq potluck and it was a hit! I substituted sour cream for the yogurt and bacon for the raisins. Mmm mmm good way to eat broccoli. Thanks for the recipe!


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