Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine 
Serves 4 (serving size: about 3/4 cup)

We microwave the broccoli for about half the suggested time so it maintains its texture in the salad. This dish can be made a day ahead.


How to Make It

Step 1

Place broccoli package in microwave; microwave at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes.

Step 2

Combine cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and cream cheese in a large bowl. Add broccoli, onion, and next 5 ingredients (through garlic), stirring to combine. Sprinkle with almonds.

Ratings & Reviews

Nice dressing lost on the broccoli

April 04, 2018
I mixed all the wet ingredients first - cream cheese, mayo, vinegar, garlic, ginger,etc with the cheddar, then added the broccoli.  I liked the taste of the dressing but once I added the broccoli the flavours kind of got lost.  It was ok but just not great.

Yummy and light but full of flavor!

July 12, 2016
 Made this last night after receiving my magazine a couple days ago and it was delicious!!!  Nice light salad as a side to greek kabobs.  Only subsitution I made was, greek cream cheese, reduced fat cheddar and I only had ground ginger.  But otherwise everything else was exact.  Will for sure make again in the future!!


August 04, 2016
It wasn't bad, but a little cheddar and red onion on broccoli isn't amazing.  I'll keep looking for a better one. 

very good

August 14, 2016
Made to recipe, working with broccoli crowns rather than pre-packaged florets.  Good but not very attractive.  Served with its' CL dinner tonight partner, Spicy Buttermilk Chicken.  Flavorful dinner.

3 1/2 stars

December 13, 2016
Mom makes something similar though her version has bacon and cranberries in it too - oh and lots more mayo.  I really liked the combo of mayo and cream cheese.  It is only meant to be a light coating on the broccoli.  Hubby liked it too.  I steamed the florets for about 5 minutes then added them still warm to the rest of the ingredients, which helped the shredded cheese melt a bit.  Then refrigerated.  Will make again.  Very good for a "light" recipe.  Next time I will double for lunch the next day.

A nice change of pace

April 21, 2017
I liked this, although I did make some changes...I blanched fresh broccoli, added some sliced celery and green peas and omitted the onion and ginger.  I thought the dressing was good (used homemade mayo) and I also liked the addition of cream cheese.  I'm accustomed to a "sweet" broccoli salad with dried fruit and sugar in the dressing, but I found this savory version to be a nice change-up.  Made this to go with sloppy joes, and served it right away but it will probably taste even better tomorrow.  I left out the onions because my husband doesn't like them but I may add these next time.