Broccoli Salad -A Sparkling, Colorful and Delicious Side Dish

I first discovered Broccoli Salad at a Mexican Train night at Alona’s.

Every Monday night, five or six of us would meet to play dominoes. Each of us contributed a dish for the meal. One night, Alona made this salad, and I fell in love!

The original recipe is credited to Peggy Ray, but it is so versatile that you can easily create your own. This one though, will get you started. Then just substitute or add your own favorites!

(I’ll tell you what my changes were at the end!)

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The Farm Wife in the Kitchen Cookbook

Peggy Ray’s Broccoli Salad


  • Chopped Broccoli or Cauliflower (or a mix of both)
  • ½ c. – 1 c. Chopped Celery
  • ½ c. – 1 c.  Golden Raisins
  • ¼ c. – ½ c. Chopped Red Onions
  • ½ c. – 1 c. Sunflower Seeds
  • ½ c. – 1 c. Pecans or Walnuts


  • ¼ c. Sugar
  • ¼ c. Vinegar
  • ¼ c. Mayonnaise (not salad dressing)


In a small bowl, mix the dressing ingredients together.  Set aside.

Mix fruits, nuts and vegetables together in a serving bowl.  Toss with salad dressing.  Chill before serving.

My Changes

Instead of Golden Raisins, I like adding Craisins, dried Blueberries, or both. Occasionally, I add a bit of grated carrot. As for the nuts, we like either the sunflower seeds or chopped black walnuts, but not both.

Now it’s time to see what you can create with this easy Broccoli Salad recipe! (Be sure to share!)

Did you enjoy this recipe? Check out other delicious southern family recipes in my The Farm Wife Cookbook! (you can also get 9 free ones to try it out, first!)

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Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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