Highly rated recipes for broccoli salad include combining cooked bacon with raw vegetables then tossing with a simple dressing made of sugar, mayonnaise and vinegar. Common vegetables used in many broccoli salad recipes include, but are not limited to, broccoli, raisins, cheddar cheese and red onion.
Many broccoli salad recipes play on a variation of the traditional recipe by substituting various vegetables and fruits for common ingredients like raisins or red onion. On Allrecipes.com, the most popular broccoli salad is Alyson's broccoli salad, which involves frying, then crumbling raw bacon, preparing a mayonnaise-based dressing then tossing the first two items with chopped red onion, broccoli and raisins.
Paula Dean's broccoli salad uses a similar process but includes cheddar cheese crumbles and cherry tomatoes, according to Foodnetwork.com. The popular broccoli salad recipe on Food.com omits the raisins, red onion, cheddar cheese and adds mozzarella cheese in its most highly rated broccoli salad recipe.
Thekitchn.com features a broccoli salad recipe that reduces the amount of sugar and mayonnaise typically found in traditional recipes for a lighter approach to the side dish in its recipe for light and easy broccoli salad. Most recipes suggest that broccoli salad is best served having been refrigerated for several hours.