Potluck Sweet and Crunchy Broccoli Salad

I have a crowd-pleasing and make-ahead recipe for your next potluck, Sweet and Crunchy Broccoli Salad!

This colorful and healthy salad is a medley of sweet, tangy and crunchy, thanks to the creamy yogurt and vinegar dressing, dried cranberries and salted sunflower seeds!

I so enjoyed reading all the comments left on this post of everyone’s Easter menus. This Crunchy Broccoli Salad would make a great side dish served alongside your Easter ham, favorite potato casserole and deviled eggs!

Potluck Sweet and Crunchy Broccoli Salad

Makes about (12) 1 cup servings

Salad Ingredients

1-12 oz. bag broccoli slaw

1 broccoli crown, cut into small florets

1 cup shredded or matchstick carrots

1/2 cup diced red onion (or more to taste)

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup salted sunflower seeds

I used Greek yogurt instead of mayo in this salad for a healthier dressing option. The yogurt combined with the red wine vinegar adds a nice tang to round out the sweet in dressing from the sugar, dried cranberries and carrots in this crunchy salad. I used whole milk Greek yogurt, but use nonfat or low fat if you prefer. There is a good article ranking Greek yogurt, here.

Dressing Ingredients

3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


In a large bowl, combine broccoli slaw, florets, shredded carrots, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and red onion.

To make the dressing, whisk together Greek yogurt, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

Pour the dressing over the slaw mixture and mix to combine. Refrigerate at least 2 hours up to overnight.


I had to photograph this salad right after I made it as I was losing daylight with our stormy weather. The flavors and dressing didn’t have time to meld yet so the salad appears dry, but trust me. . . there is plenty of dressing to make it creamy and tangy!

While we have eaten leftovers of this salad two days later, for best flavor, I prefer it within 4 – 24 hours. If I’m making it to serve the next day, I’ll wait and stir in sunflower seeds before serving so they retain some crunch. Crumbled bacon is a great addition to this salad too as in this Potluck Broccoli-Grape Pasta Salad. Adjust ingredients in this salad to your taste. I only used 1/2 cup of red onion since we’re not big fans of raw onion. The deli version at my grocery store has raisins as well as dried cranberries in this salad.

Farmer Bunny / Pottery Barn, a couple of years ago

Spade and Shovel Salad Servers / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Tablecloth / Ralph Lauren, HomeGoods, a couple of years ago

We’re under a tornado watch with this storm system that’s moving its way along the east coast. If you’re in the path of the storm, stay safe. ♥

Safe Travels and Happy Easter Weekend!

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  24 comments for “Potluck Sweet and Crunchy Broccoli Salad

  1. Ann Woleben
    April 19, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    I look forward to making this recipe! Thank you for sharing. I have prayed for everyone in the path of this storm. It is supposed to hit here between midnight and 4:00 a.m. I don’t like “things that go bump in the night.” Easter blessings to your family~

  2. Sue
    April 19, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Your salad looks so refreshing, and the bunny bowl and those salad servers just makes one happy! What a Happy Easter Table! Sending you wishes for a Happy Easter, and also a safe one!

  3. Liz
    April 19, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    I will fix this this Easter Sunday!
    The rabbit wheel barrel is adorable.
    Thanks for the warning. Our storm was pretty scary. Happy Easter.

  4. Bonbon girl
    April 19, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    This looks so colorful and yummy, however I think I’ll cut way back on the amount of sugar added to make the dressing. Hoppy Easter!🐰🥕

  5. Doris
    April 19, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Looks and sounds delish. Will try it soon. Taking your Maple Brussel Sprout slaw salad to Easter luncheon.

    • Terri
      April 22, 2019 at 9:36 am

      This was my dish for Easter potluck dinner & it was a hit! Thanks for the easy, delicious recipe. Happy Spring!

      • April 22, 2019 at 9:37 am

        So glad it was a hit Terri! Thanks for letting me know! 🐇🐣

  6. April 19, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Mary, This looks so tasty and healthy too! I can’t wait to try, pinning! Stay safe and Happy Easter! 🐰

    • Cynthia Raines
      April 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm

      Last night we just ate a pre-mix version of this salad called sunflower crunch by Dole and we love it, can almost eat the whole thing in one setting! Lol. So good and crunchy, they have bacon bits and sunflower seeds, but I added dried cranberries also. Now I can’t wait to try your version! The “square shovel and pitchfork” type utensils are so cute, really add to the bunny and his precious wheelbarrow. Happy Easter and trusting all will be well in southern states. 🐣🐇🐑

  7. April 19, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Lovin’ your fun bunny bowl and the salad sounds really good Mary! Take care, stay safe, and I hope you have a nice Easter Weekend:@)

  8. April 19, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    This is one of my most favorite salads! Stay safe, we had storms last night. Happy Easter!

  9. April 19, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    I love broccoli salad, Mary, and the addition of broccoli Slaw and the Greek yogurt sounds perfect. I’ll have to try your version. Your serving dish is too cute!! I’m back from NC. We stayed at a condo in North Topsail Beach. It was a little chilly, but overall we had nice weather. Happy Easter to you! 🐰🐣🌷

  10. April 19, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Yum Mary! I’ve had a version of this salad. Your Farmer Bunny is such a festive way to serve it! Stay safe and Happy Easter!

  11. Clara
    April 19, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Mary, This salad looks so tasty! Please stay safe in this weather. Prayers for all in the path of the storms. Happy Easter! Clara ✝️💖🐇

  12. Virginia
    April 19, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    This does look like a yummy salad addition for my recipe book. The worst of storm just blew through our area in northeastern North Carolina. Yard cleanup tomorrow for sure. Hope you did not have problems today. Our plans for Easter changed and we are gathering at friends for brunch this year. I am baking a French Almond cake and marinating asparagus. Happy Easter All.

  13. April 20, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Mary, I love having a new potluck recipe that is make-ahead! This sounds perfect for anytime of year and especially good with fried chicken, potato salad and deviled eggs. Wishing you a Happy Easter! 🐰🐣💐💖

  14. April 20, 2019 at 8:56 am

    There is a bag salad called Sunflower Crunch that I eat all the time, I love the salty sunflower seeds in it, so your Sweet & Crunchy Broccoli salad is sounding very good! I have been all about Broccoli salads lately, and I have made that yogurt dressing and love it! Yes it’s been a rough stormy week in the South, we had a huge limb come down and there are big sticks and small branches littering the yard. Hope you didn’t have any problems….

  15. April 20, 2019 at 10:07 am

    This looks like the perfect springtime salad. So glad you shared your recipe. My old standby recipe for broccoli salad calls for orange flavored dried cranberries, which I haven’t been able to find for a few years now. Have a happy Easter.

  16. Bonnie Morgan
    April 20, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Sounds yummy! I’m pinning.
    I needed a nutritious and low-calorie idea.

  17. Rhonda S
    April 21, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I made this for our Easter dinner and it was such a hit! I didn’t have sunflower seeds so I toasted some chopped cashews with oil and salt. Will be using this recipe again this summer.

    • April 21, 2019 at 8:49 pm

      I’m glad it was a hit, thanks for letting me know Rhonda!

  18. Kathleen
    April 22, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    The salad looks so yummy and I love the bunny serving bowl and shovel and fork servers!

  19. May 31, 2019 at 12:02 pm


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