Easy Broccoli Slaw Recipe that takes minutes to prepare! You will love how easy this barbecue side dish comes together!
Broccoli Slaw Recipe
Woohoo! I'm so excited for the weekend by the time Friday rolls around. We enjoyed an “adventure” when we first shared this recipe.
It had been a bit of a crazy week with me getting super sick, John still trying to heal from his eye surgery, and getting into the swing of summer.
Today, I am excited to share this Broccoli Slaw Recipe that is perfect for summer! Bring on the barbecues!
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients for making an epic Broccoli Slaw! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
Broccoli Slaw Ingredients
- Broccoli Slaw (Buy premade at the grocery store)
- Slivered Almonds
- Red Onion
- Green Onion (reserve a little for garnish)
- Blue Cheese, crumbled (reserve a little for garnish)
Optional Add ins - sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, golden raisins, shredded red cabbage, kosher salt
Broccoli Slaw Dressing Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Lemon Juice
- Dijon Mustard
- Light Mayo
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Large Mixing Bowl
How to make Broccoli Slaw
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
Step 1 - Add all slaw ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine.
Step 2 - In a separate bowl, add all the dressing ingredients and whisk/stir until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasoning. If you like a sweeter dressing, add more honey.
Step 3 - Pour the dressing over the slaw and mix until evenly coated.
This is best when chilled for a few hours, tossing every hour or so.
Garnish with reserved green onions and blue cheese, if desired.
Preparation and Storage
Make-Ahead + Storage: Broccoli Slaw is a make-ahead-friendly salad! Refrigerate it in an airtight container, and enjoy any leftovers within three days. If you prepare it beforehand, you can dress the salad before refrigerating it or leave the dressing and add-ins on the side for guests to dress their salads.
Freezing/How to Freeze: You may be surprised to know that the vegetables in broccoli slaw keep in your freezer for up to six months. Store them in an airtight, freezer-safe container without the dressing or other condiments, then thaw the leftovers in the fridge and prepare the dressing the day you serve the salad.
Substitutions: You can use equal parts light mayonnaise and Greek yogurt to lighten up the dressing.
For added crunch you can add in sunflower seeds, more carrots, or your favorite mix-ins.
Vegetarian Option: This yummy summer salad is vegetarian-friendly!
Vegan Option: Make this Broccoli Slaw vegan-friendly by replacing the blue cheese, honey, and light mayonnaise with plant-based alternatives. Dairy-free Vegan mayo is fantastic and tastes great. I use it for grilled cheese sandwiches all the time.
Gluten-Free: This salad should be gluten-free, but you should check the label on your Dijon mustard if you are highly sensitive, as some brands may contain gluten-unsafe additives.
Smaller Serving Size + Larger Group/More Servings: The written recipe yields four servings using 12 ounces, or three cups, of broccoli slaw. Scale it up or down to your desired yield.
Make it Spicy: Mix chili powder, red pepper flakes, or cayenne powder into the salad dressing to spice it up. You can also add a few drops of hot sauce if you don’t mind the dressing taking on some of the hot sauce flavors.
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 13 grams of sugar per serving. Replace the honey with a sugar-free sweetener, to make it sugar-free.
Tips for the Best Broccoli Slaw
- We use a bag of pre-shredded store bought broccoli slaw mix to make this recipe easy-peasy. However, you can shred broccoli stalks using a food processor or box grater if this product isn’t available in nearby stores.
- Nutritional information is available in the recipe card below
What to Serve with Broccoli Slaw
Make this broccoli-fueled take on a summer salad favorite a part of your next warm-weather porch hangout, potluck, or barbecue gathering. Here are some menu planning suggestions.
Sides: BLT Pasta Salad, Southern Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Pear Salad, Sauerkraut Salad, Air Fryer Corn on the Cob, Air Fryer Texas Toast, Jiffy Cornbread with Sour Cream, Southern Style Green Beans, Creamed Corn Casserole, Watermelon Salad, Kool-Aid Pickles, Bacon and Broccoli Salad
Check out all of our easy vegetable side dishes.
Main Dishes: Jalapeño Beer Brats, CrockPot Cheeseburger Casserole, Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole, Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork, Ranch Steak Kabobs, Hot Dog Chili, CrockPot Bacon Mac & Cheese, Smoked Sausage Gnocchi, CrockPot Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole, Grilled chicken
Desserts: Strawberry Fluff Salad, Grape Salad, Orange Dreamsicle Salad, Apple and Snickers Salad, Lemon Icebox Pie, Pig Pickin' Cake, Watergate Salad, Ambrosia Salad, Butterfinger Cake, Strawberry Poke Cake, Cherry Fluff Salad, Oreo Poke Cake, Bisquick Peach Cobbler
Drinks: Kool-Aid Slushie, Red Robin Freckled Lemonade, CopyCat Chick-fil-A Lemonade, CopyCat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade, Sonic Ocean Water, Brazilian Lemonade, CopyCat McDonald's Sweet Tea, Watermelon Agua Fresca, CopyCat Sonic Cherry Limeade
When to Serve
- Summer Party
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Broccoli Slaw Recipe
- 12 Ounce Broccoli Slaw
- ½ Cup slivered almonds
- 1 Cup Apple chopped
- ⅓ Cup red onion thinly sliced
- 1 green onion thinly sliced (reserve a little for garnish)
- 1 Cup Blue Cheese crumbled (reserve a little for garnish)
- Add all slaw ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine.
- In a separate bowl, add all the dressing ingredients and whisk until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasoning. If you like a sweeter dressing, add more honey.
- Pour the dressing over the slaw and mix until evenly coated.
- This is best when chilled for a few hours, tossing every hour or so.
- Garnish with reserved green onions and blue cheese, if desired.
Recipe originally shared on June 12, 2015. Updated December 2020, August 2023