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Creamy Broccoli Salad

The BEST broccoli salad you will ever have!!! With cheese, cashews, onion and dried cranberries. And the creamy dressing is HEAVEN!

Creamy Broccoli Salad - The BEST broccoli salad you will ever have!!! With cheese, cashews, onion and dried cranberries. And the creamy dressing is HEAVEN!

I must start by saying.

Don’t be fooled by those yellow blocks of cheese.

It looks a lot like butternut squash.

But it’s not.

It’s cheese.

Because I wouldn’t do you guys wrong like that.

We need that pile of cubed cheese in our broccoli salad.

We just do.

And we also need the creamiest dressing of all time.

A dressing so good, you can take your spoon and guzzle it down.

Creamy Broccoli Salad

The BEST broccoli salad you will ever have!!! With cheese, cashews, onion and dried cranberries. And the creamy dressing is HEAVEN!

10 minutes


  • 5 cups coarsely chopped broccoli florets
  • 3 ounces cheddar cheese, diced
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

For the dressing

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


  1. To make the dressing, whisk together mayonnaise, milk, sugar and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine broccoli, cheese, cashews, onion and cranberries. Stir in mayonnaise mixture and gently toss to combine.
  3. Cover and chill 1 hour before serving.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 185.0 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.0g 18%
Saturated Fat 3.0g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 13.0mg 4%
Sodium 159.0mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 12.0g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2.0g 8%
Sugars 7.0g
Protein 4.0g 8%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  1. Don’t wait until summer to try this recipe. Although I love cooked broccoli, this recipe looked interesting. All the ingredients are available year-round in the Midwest. I prepared the recipe as directed and refrigerated it overnight in 9″x13″ portable baking dish. I gave it a quick stir and unveiled it on the potluck lunch buffet the next day. It was a pretty presentation and tasted better than it looked. This recipe passed from my “test kitchen” ranking to the “girlfriend, where did you get that recipe?” file. Thank you!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I honestly LOVE this recipe, came across it because it’s gluten free & my mother-in law has celiacs.I read some reviews was worried because a lot of people commented on the dressing being too watery but I think it’s delicious & coats everything perfectly. I add bacon bits & use peanuts instead of cashews(had a big bag laying around needed to use but also don’t care for cashews). I’ve made it twice so far & was officially told I have to make this every time we have events or anything. This salad is addicting. 

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent and super fast and easy.  I added golden raisins, which I thought was a good addition. My family loved it!

  4. I just made this and was disappointed. It’s way too sweet and so thin and runny that it didn’t stick to the broccoli at all. I added another 1/2 cup of mayo and some salt but it was still was too sweet and runny.Next time I’d leave out the milk. I like the addition of cashews and dried cranberries, though. 

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    My hubby loved it. And, he doesn’t like broccoli!!! Oh and I took out the red onion because neither of us like it.
    It was delicious!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was easy to make and quick, no fancy expensive ingredients, and yummy yumm yum!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I am adding it to my permanent recipe collection. I made it last night and it was a hit! The only change I made was to use heavy cream instead of milk, mainly due to trying not to have to go back to the store :).

  7. I have been avoiding cheese the past two weeks. I may add some crispy tofu, though I am not yet sure what the spices will be, maybe nutritional yeast coating.I’m not a vegetarian, but I like may of its choices.

  8. Good recipe for a traditional broccoli salad. I found the dressing to be too thin. Next time I am going to substitute heavy cream for the milk.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love this salad!! Replace cheese with feta… mmm so good

  10. The broccoli salad is the best. The dressing is my go to for cole slaw.

  11. Just wondering whether elbow or fusilli pasta will go well with the recipe? For mayonnaise, is any kind of mayonnaise fine? My mayonnaise is of the Japanese kind and I understand that its a tad different from the regular kind.

  12. This looks amazing 

  13. This looks delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  14. WONDERFUL, thanks so much, Chungah!  And may I just share something with you?  My husband & son are the pickiest souls you’ve ever met. They are choosy AND they both have a problem with certain food textures.  My husband dislikes anything from a crockpot for this reason, yet when I tell him “it’s a Chungah recipe, relax,”  he is completely okay with it.  My son is even worse, but he likes Asian food.  They both love your food.  I like that your recipes are not complicated!  Oh…and I also love your recipes.  We are a family of Chungah fans.  I thank you so much for helping me feed my family.

  15. Can you use coconut or almond milk in this recipe to substitute regular milk? Thanks!

  16. This looks fabulous! My mother-in-law shared a broccoli slaw recipe with me, but her dressing mix is a “pinch of this and a pinch of that” and I haven’t quite perfected it. My husband loves broccoli. I’m not such a fan. 
    But then again…I thought I disliked quinoa until I tried your Mexican Quinoa! 
    Side dishes are not my forte…I have a ton of main dishes and desserts on my website, but the other categories are a bit empty. 

  17. This sounds great! Broccoli salad is always one of my favorite summer dishes

  18. Great video to the right! I’m dairy-free so I may substitute the cheese with goats cheese. Stunning recipe! I love loads of broccoli in a dish.

  19. Can I substitute the mayonnaise ?????? 
    Love love love your recipes and just purchased your book last week and have already made 4 meals …amazing and so quick and delicious….thanks 

  20. This will be delicious…. :O)

  21. Sounds real good.

    But… I would have to add bacon.  To me it just isn’t broccoli salad without the bacon.

  22. Hi! Do I use fresh broccoli or frozen? Thanks and I love your recipes!

  23. I’ve made a similar version of this for years and am eager to try yours, since the dressing is a bit different and the addition of cashews sounds fabulous.  One tip I do is to blanch the broccoli in boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then douse with cold or ice water to stop it from cooking. This softens it just enough so it’s not so hard in the salad. Don’t cook beyond that though, or you’ll cook the broccoli.  You just want to blanch it enough to soften it and make it über bright green. Thanks for the recipe!