Usually people think of broccoli salad for summer BBQs, but it’s such a great side dish to get in veggies, why not make a Harvest Cobb Broccoli Salad?
I’m not sure why this recipe for Harvest Cobb Broccoli Salad has taken us so long to post. It’s an adapted recipe from our original Harvest Cobb Salad with Maple Poppy Seed Dressing and I adore it.
In our original recipe there is broccoli in it, but it’s a small addition while the rest of the salad is made up of mixed greens. It’s actually a really good salad, so for sure don’t pick one over the other. Both are worth making. The broccoli salad, I have to admit this but it’s totally not a big deal, is a little more work.
But don’t let that change anything! It’s just a little chopping to get that broccoli all ready to go.
Anyway, let’s get to it because we really, really think you should try this Harvest Cobb Broccoli Salad. Oh, it would be so awesome for Thanksgiving…
There was a reader years and years ago that told us about how they love broccoli salad and have started experimenting with different dressings and flavors, I thought that was a great idea, but we hadn’t even posted our Favorite Broccoli Salad Recipe yet and somehow we just kept forgetting.
Once I finally had that post up I felt like it was time to start rocking out the new kinds just as that reader suggested.
You are all the best, have we mentioned that lately?
Harvest Cobb Broccoli Salad
Here’s what’s going to happen, we are going to chop everything up, toss it all together except the bacon and pepitas then whisk together a maple poppy seed dressing and add it in with everything else.
At this point the bacon and pepitas get added.
We only don’t add those two ingredients at the very beginning because they tend to soften a little as they sit there along with the other ingredients. Once the dressing is added you can throw them in and stir it all together.
- Ingredients for Broccoli Salad
- Chopped Broccoli
- Chopped Apples
- Chopped Bacon
- Chopped Hard Boiled Eggs
- Cinnamon Brown Sugar Pecans
- Maple Poppy Seed Dressing
What is Poppy Seed Dressing Made of?
Poppy seed dressing is a little different than other dressings in that it’s got a little more sweetness to it and it’s a creamy vinaigrette.
- Maple Poppy Seed Dressing
- Maple Syrup- Make sure you use Grade A, not just pancake syrup.
- Poppy Seeds
- Apple Cider Vinegar
To make a poppy seed dressing, just throw all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until well combined.
How Long Does Poppy Seed Dressing Keep?
Poppy seed dressing is a great one to keep in your fridge for quick and easy salads. The homemade poppy seed dressing will last for up to 2 weeks.
Make sure that when you put the poppy seed dressing away for storage you place it in a sealed container and put it in the door of the fridge.
How Long to Keep Broccoli in the Fridge?
Have you ever opened the door to your fridge and wanted to die from the smell that wafts out?
I mean, I’m not saying that I’ve done such a thing, no our fridge never smells like a donkey’s behind.
But, if it did ever stink 😉 I’d guess it was the broccoli in your crisper drawer.
- Where to Store Broccoli
Broccoli should always be stored in the refrigerator. It will break down and smell and the cold refrigerator will help to slow that process.
- How Long to Keep Broccoli in the Fridge
Broccoli can only keep in a crisper drawer for about 3-5 days max. After that, the smell will start and the broccoli will begin to break down.
- How to Keep Broccoli Fresh Longer
To keep broccoli fresh longer just moisten 2-3 paper towels and wrap them around the broccoli in the fridge. Do not store broccoli in a container or plastic bag.
How to Store Broccoli Salad?
Because broccoli already breaks down quickly you’ll want to be quick with consuming broccoli salad.
However, if you find yourself needing to sore broccoli salad,
- Be prepared to add fresh dressing and bacon as the ingredients will absorb dressing and soften the bacon.
- Broccoli Salad should be placed in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator to slow down the process of aging as well as to keep things crisp.
How Long to Keep Broccoli Salad?
Broccoli salad only will keep for 2 days tops. After that the dressing has taken over and made things too mushy.
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Harvest Cobb Broccoli Salad
- 6 Slices Bacon, cooked and chopped
- 3 Eggs, hardboiled, chopped
- 1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese, white, chopped
- 1/3 Cup Craisins , or dried cherries
- 2 heads Broccoli, small, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Pepitas
- 1 Apple, chopped
- 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
- 1/4 Cup Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup, Grade A
- pinch Cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds
- 1 Cup Pecans
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
FOR THE DRESSING
- Whisk together mayonnaise, milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar and poppy seeds in a small bowl; set aside.
FOR THE NUTS
- Heat a skillet to medium heat.
- Toast the nuts for a minute and add the butter, stirring until it’s melted.
- Add the brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Stir until the sugar is stuck to the nuts.
- Pour out onto parchment paper.
- Allow to cool completely.
FOR THE SALAD
- Place the broccoli in a bowl and layer the eggs, craisins, nuts, cheese, and apple.
- Pour in the maple poppy seed dressing.
- Add the bacon and pepitas and toss to coat.