Sweet Broccoli and Mandarin Orange Salad

Updated on July 4, 2020
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I enjoy cooking simple and tasty dishes, especially ones with healthy ingredients.

This broccoli and mandarin orange salad is so easy to make and perfect for summer.
This broccoli and mandarin orange salad is so easy to make and perfect for summer. | Source

A Sweet Summer Salad

This sweet and simple broccoli and mandarin orange salad also contains red onions and cheddar cheese, topped off with a light dressing. It's easy to make and ideal for summer picnics and family gatherings. Not only does it taste delicious, it's colorful ingredients make it lovely to look at! It's the perfect side dish for a barbecue but I enjoy it as a light meal in itself.

Packed with nutrition, this salad will keep you wanting second servings all summer long!

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 6 servings
You will need two bunches of broccoli for this salad recipe.
You will need two bunches of broccoli for this salad recipe. | Source

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 cup light cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (15-ounce) can mandarin oranges in water (no sugar added), drained
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup lite mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white granulated sugar

Important!

If you end up needing a little extra dressing, simply whip together:

  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white granulated sugar

How to Cut Broccoli Florets

Instructions

  1. Clean the broccoli bunches and cut them into florets. Set aside.
  2. Dice the onion and set aside.
  3. Shred the cheese and set aside.
  4. Drain the mandarin oranges.
  5. Lightly combine the broccoli florets, onion, mandarin oranges and cheese in a bowl.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar together to create the dressing.
  7. Pour the dressing over the broccoli mixture and mix all the ingredients together gently with a mixing spoon.
  8. If desired, crumble bacon over the salad or lightly mix it into the salad with a mixing spoon.
  9. For the best flavor, refrigerate the salad overnight before serving.
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Chop the broccoli into florets and set them aside. Watch the video above if you need help learning how to cut the broccoli into florets.Dice the red onion and set it aside.Next, shred the cheddar cheese and set it aside. I like mild cheddar cheese but you can use sharp or extra sharp, depending on your preference.Drain the mandarin oranges.Gently combine the broccoli, onion, cheese and mandarin oranges in a bowl.In a separate bowl, whip together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar and sugar to create the dressing. Gently pour the the dressing over the salad and combine it into the salad. Ready to serve!
Chop the broccoli into florets and set them aside. Watch the video above if you need help learning how to cut the broccoli into florets.
Chop the broccoli into florets and set them aside. Watch the video above if you need help learning how to cut the broccoli into florets. | Source
Dice the red onion and set it aside.
Dice the red onion and set it aside. | Source
Next, shred the cheddar cheese and set it aside. I like mild cheddar cheese but you can use sharp or extra sharp, depending on your preference.
Next, shred the cheddar cheese and set it aside. I like mild cheddar cheese but you can use sharp or extra sharp, depending on your preference. | Source
Drain the mandarin oranges.
Drain the mandarin oranges. | Source
Gently combine the broccoli, onion, cheese and mandarin oranges in a bowl.
Gently combine the broccoli, onion, cheese and mandarin oranges in a bowl. | Source
In a separate bowl, whip together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar and sugar to create the dressing.
In a separate bowl, whip together the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar and sugar to create the dressing. | Source
Gently pour the the dressing over the salad and combine it into the salad.
Gently pour the the dressing over the salad and combine it into the salad. | Source
Ready to serve!
Ready to serve! | Source

Health Benefits of Broccoli

Vitamin C
Vitamin A
Potassium
Calcium
Helps protect you against a variety of cancers
Helps protect your body against infections.
Helps regulate your blood pressure.
Helps keep your bones strong and helps prevent osteoporosis.
Helps protect you against cardiovascular disease.
Helps preserve your vision and protects you against some eye diseases.
Helps keep your muscles healthy.
Helps maintain healthy heart, muscles and nerves.
Strengthens your body's immune system.
May protect you against some types of cancer.
Reduces the formation of kidney stones.
Helps protect you agains cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Helps delay or prevent the formation of cataracts.
Boosts your immune system.
Helps prevent osteoporosis.
Promotes healthy teeth.

How to Make Homemade Mayonnaise

© 2020 Madeleine Clays

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    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 weeks ago from Germany and Philippines

      This looks so delicious. I have not tried broccoli with mandarine orange yet in my salad. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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