A picnic favorite, this salad combines broccoli, water chestnuts, cranberries and just a little bacon for delicious results. Our version has plenty of creaminess without all the fat. Make it once and it will become a regular on your backyard barbecue menu.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2009
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Whisk garlic, mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar and sugar in a large bowl. Add broccoli, water chestnuts, bacon, cranberries and pepper; stir to coat with the dressing.

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Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Tip: Most supermarkets sell broccoli crowns, which are the tops of the bunches, with the stalks cut off. Although crowns are more expensive than entire bunches, they are convenient and there is considerably less waste.

Nutrition Facts

92 calories; protein 3.3g 7% DV; carbohydrates 10.8g 4% DV; dietary fiber 1.9g 8% DV; sugars 4.2g; fat 4.5g 7% DV; saturated fat 1.5g 8% DV; cholesterol 9.9mg 3% DV; vitamin a iu 1480.2IU 30% DV; vitamin c 44.4mg 74% DV; folate 35.4mcg 9% DV; calcium 36.3mg 4% DV; iron 1mg 6% DV; magnesium 14.4mg 5% DV; potassium 191.4mg 5% DV; sodium 160mg 6% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 5% DV; added sugar 3g.

Reviews (37)

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39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I just served this for a goody day at work. Everyone loved it! I left out the water chestnuts just because I didn't have any and I used Splenda instead of sugar. AND it was filling so I didn't eat TOO much of the other junk. jtengland Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/20/2012
A healthier version of a classic This is a decent substitute for the unhealthy deli salad version. The dressing is a bit bland so I think I will adjust my seasonings a bit next time and I like the suggestion to sprinkle on a few sunflower seeds. (I left out the water chestnuts bc I don't care for them). I will make this again. Pros: Fast easy uses fresh veggies Cons: A bit bland Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I recently had this recipe with spinach leaves added to it; and it was surprisingly good! Liz Fort Worth Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I make it with sunflower seeds instead of the water chestnuts Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2012
OMG! I made this for a group we had at our vacation home for the weekend. I used turkey bacon and cranberry/walnut salad topper. It was a huge hit!! We loved it!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This salad is incredible! Flat out...unbelievably good. I made it on a whim and accounted for all ingredients but substituted based on what I had on hand: Fat-free plain yogurt for sour cream a restaurant packet of regular mayonnaise turkey bacon garlic powder and a homegrown kohlrabi for the water chestnuts. Added 'just a dusting' of sea salt. Taste-tested a few bites - one with walnuts and one with raw almonds. Either one is perfect. One could even toss in a coarsely-grated carrot for even more color and crunch. This is obviously a flexible recipe which makes it that much better. Definitely one for the 'Favorites' book. No more slimey coleslaws for me! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/04/2013
This Recipe is a Keeper! Made it for a work lunch. My co-workers tend to be hesitant to try my healthy recipes but this one got rave reviews! will make it again for sure! Nice that leftover salad Wed. was as good as when I first served it Tues.! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is such a surprise at picnics. Everyone loves it. The crunch of the water chestnuts and the mixture of all the flavors is yummmmy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2017
I love this salad. I'm making a batch right now. I usually do about once every couple of weeks. My granddaughter brought to party last. year. In my version I also add about 1/2 cup apple diced up. I put cranberries in most things. I also add sun flower seeds before serving. I do use celery instead of water chestnuts only because I usually have celery on hand. Oh I almost forgot the grapes again about 6-7 grapes cut in thirds usually depending on size. Read More