Crunchy Broccoli Slaw with Tangy Maple Dressing is a super easy and ultra delicious salad recipe that’s a major crowd pleaser – guaranteed!
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I’ve been making this crunchy broccoli slaw for months now, and it has definitely become a family favorite. Truthfully, I debated if I should post this recipe now, before pesach. Because this is DEFINITELY a year round recipe, and I don’t want you to think of this as nothing but a pesach recipe. That being said, there are so many great pesach products available these days, and this recipe, which would previously have not worked for pesach, is now a great pesach option too.
This salad is such a great option because it really comes together in minutes. I like to keep the dressing on hand (it keeps in the fridge for at least a week!), and the rest of the salad is a matter of throwing everything together in a bowl. It’s super versatile (see FAQ for a ton of options!) and it’s a great crowd pleaser with the multiple crunch factors and the really delicious sweet and tangy dressing!
FAQ About Crunchy Broccoli Slaw
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Can I use cabbage instead of broccoli slaw?
Absolutely, I have made this often with cabbage instead of broccoli! For best results, I like to use a combination of of red cabbage and white cabbage. You can also add shredded carrots, which are often a part of a broccoli slaw mixture.
Can I use anything instead of the chow mein noodles?
Absolutely! The key to the greatness of this salad is the incredible crunch to offset the veggies. Chow mein noodles are definitely a go-to for me, but I have used all kinds of things instead, when I don’t have them. Some items you can use instead of, or in addition to, the chow mein noodles:
Honey Glazed Pecans
Kettle cooked potato chips
Sweet potato chips
How can I make this for pesach?
Thanks to some great new kosher for passover products, this salad is easy to make for pesach. The dressing and salad are passover friendly as is, so it’s just the crunch that needs to be swapped. Goldbaum’s makes gluten-free kosher for pesach chow mein noodles, and Lieber’s makes gluten free crispy fried onions, which you can use instead of the French’s style onions.
If you don’t use pesach products like these, nuts can work beautifully as your crunch instead!
What can I use instead of red wine vinegar?
Some other vinegars that will work well in place of red wine vinegar in this broccoli slaw recipe would be balsamic (it has a somewhat stronger flavor) or apple cider vinegar – both of which are available for pesach.
If you need, you can use plain white vinegar or even double the citrus juice instead of using vinegar.
What can I use instead of lime juice?
Lemon juice will work well in place of the lime juice in this recipe. If you don’t have, double the vinegar instead.
Please note that fresh squeezed citrus juice is always better to use than bottled, as it has a much better and stronger flavor.
What can I use instead of maple syrup?
If you don’t have maple syrup, you can use honey or even agave syrup instead.
If you don’t use maple syrup on pesach, you can use sugar instead.
Can I use pancake syrup instead of maple syrup?
I do not recommend pancake syrup, in this recipe, or in any! Pancake syrup is not maple syrup, it’s corn syrup with artificial maple flavoring. If you’re looking for a less expensive alternative, honey is a much better option!
Can I skip the garlic if I don’t use it on Pesach?
Yes you can! You can add a freshly minced shallot to the dressing instead, or use onion powder if you use that on pesach. If needed, you can skip it altogether.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
The dressing for this broccoli slaw recipe can definitely be made ahead of time! Keep it in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for about a week!
The salad itself should only be assembled just before serving, or the crunchy elements will not remain crunchy.
Can I use something else instead of craisins?
Sure! I use Craisins in this salad for little pops of sweetness as you eat it. You can definitely use other fruits instead! Some options include:
Diced dried apricots
julienned apple (my choice would be Granny Smith)
julienne peach or nectarine
Is there anything else I can add to the salad?
Absolutely! If you want to add some veggies, go for it! Sliced red onions, raw or pickled are both great options. Sliced scallions or shallots are also a good addition to this broccoli slaw recipe.
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- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 bag (16 oz) broccoli slaw
- 1/2 cup chow mein noodles (use Goldbaum’s kosher for pesach version if making this for Passover)
- 1/2 cup crispy fried onions such as French's (use Lieber’s gluten free/kosher for pesach version if making this for Passover)
- 1/2 cup craisins
- Prepare dressing: Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl or container. Whisk or shake to combine. Set aside until ready to serve salad.
- Assemble salad: Place broccoli slaw in a large salad bowl. Add dressing and and mix to combine. Continue immediately, or you can let it sit for about 10 minutes.
- Just before serving, add crispy onions, chow mein noodles and craisins. Stir to combine.
Plan ahead: Dressing can be prepared a week ahead of time. Salad should be assembled just before serving.
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