Broccoli slaw from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom from an Obsessive Home Cook (page 72) by Deb Perelman

  • broccoli
  • buttermilk
  • dried cranberries
  • mayonnaise
  • red onions
  • apple cider vinegar
  • sliced almonds

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Notes about this recipe

  • abrownb1 on June 27, 2021

    Quick and easy. My veg hater FIL loved it which is a win! Used 4 tbsp of shallot total in place of the onions and it was still a bit too strong after soaking in vinegar. Will reduce next time. This also didn't keep well (it all tasted a bit one note) after a few days so mix it together shortly before serving.

  • gamulholland on March 28, 2021

    Good gravy this was delicious. It also made me (subsequently) work on my knife technique (use your arm, not your wrist) because I had tendinitis for two weeks after chopping up all that broccoli. I made it for a potluck, and it disappeared, although some unholy percentage of that disappearance was due to me personally. :)

  • louie734 on June 13, 2020

    I make this every year, multiple times in the summer as it's a perfect crunchy-cool salad-side that goes with everything. Buttermilk has been successfully swapped for sour cream, yogurt, curdled milk or curdled non-dairy milk. Cranberries have been successfully swapped for raisins. Onion has been red or white or whatever. It's always good and always disappears way too fast.

  • westminstr on April 19, 2018

    I have made this before (as written) and last night I made it again, but my mayo had gone off so I subbed greek yogurt for the mayo + buttermilk. This was not as good! Also the onions were overwhelmingly oniony. I attempted to pickle them in the cider vinegar (which I have done in the past) but it did not do a good job of removing the bite. Maybe next time soak in cold water?

  • mharriman on January 15, 2018

    Based on all the rave reviews, I tried this last night, and it was excellent. Husband loves it. I wouldn’t and won’t change a thing with ingredients or instructions.

  • stef on April 24, 2017

    It's just as good as everyone says. Addictive

  • macfadden on April 09, 2017

    Delicious! I use dried tart cherries instead of cranberries, which aren't popular here.

  • hirsheys on February 16, 2017

    I adore this recipe and find it quite addictive. I cut the broccoli a bit smaller, but otherwise followed the recipe closely.

  • clcorbi on January 23, 2017

    Delicious. I omitted the dried fruit as we are not big fans. Next time, I would consider adding a tiny bit more sugar to the dressing to make up for that omission. I had very small heads of broccoli, so I also added a large handful of chopped red cabbage since there was a bit too much dressing. This salad is so good, it may not be anything revolutionary, but I couldn't stop eating forkfuls of it before we ever even sat down to dinner.

  • texannewyorker on September 14, 2016

    She seriously overbills this. It's just broccoli salad. Anyone who's spent any significant time south of the Mason-Dixon line has eaten their weight in some version of this. It's good, but not the least bit revolutionary.

  • Lepa on July 31, 2016

    I'm completely obsessed with this stuff. I can eat an entire bowl while still standing at the counter. My kids love it, too. This recipe alone is worth the cost of the book!

  • louie734 on May 28, 2015

    This last time was the best. Very adaptable. Best thing to do is cut everything very small/thin otherwise it's too crunchy. Used raisins this time. Added a very few bits of fried ham. Otherwise stuck to the recipe pretty well. It's good on the first day, better and best on the next couple days.

  • milgwimper on December 27, 2014

    We loved this recipe using sour cherries. Will make this again.

  • Marsthedog on August 18, 2014

    Didn't love it, felt it wasn't as good as my go to slaw with raisins and bacon...

  • robinelizabethleslie on April 08, 2014

    This is delicious. I'm usually totally opposed to raw broccoli, but this was a hit! It tastes even better after it sits for a while. We had it with the Emmentaler on Rye with Sweet and Sour Red Onions. Perfect.

  • jzanger on November 20, 2012

    This is a keeper. It's not groundbreaking but it tastes great and only got better over the course of several days.

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Reviews about this recipe

  • Kate Cooks the Books

    I have a real fondness for this type of dish: sweet, tart, crunchy and tangy. This one is delightful and I have made it twice more since discovering it.

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