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The Best Broccoli Slaw For Your Summer BBQ. There's One Ingredient I NEVER Thought To Add.

If you're invited to a BBQ cookout this summer, you obviously want to bring something. Drinks, dessert, appetizers. It can get pretty overwhelming.

A classic BBQ side dish is a great coleslaw. Why not try a broccoli slaw to shake things up a little bit?

I've sworn by this recipe for years and it has something I never thought to add...golden raisins!

I've never been a big fan of raisins, but they add the perfect bite of sweetness to this delicious salad.

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What You'll Need


  • 3 pounds broccoli (I use 3-4 heads)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, roasted
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 pound bacon, (about 8-10 slices) cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/3 cup sour cream (I always add a little more for good measure)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar (more to taste)
  • salt and pepper

How to Make It

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high meat. Add the broccoli and cook for 30 seconds to one minute. Place broccoli in an ice bath or rinse with cold water to stop cooking. I like to blanch my broccoli with the stems still attached and then chop it, you can blanch already chopped florets if you’d like too.
  2. In a large bowl, add the blanched and chopped broccoli, diced onion, sunflower seeds, raisins, bacon, and shredded cheese.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, lemon juice, salt and pepper for the dressing. Whisk together well.
  4. Pour dressing over top. Gently toss and stir the salad to coat all ingredients with dressing. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Chill salad for a couple hours or overnight. It is best once it is chilled and has been sitting for a couple hours. Serve and enjoy!

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