Molasses Marinated Broccoli Salad

Servings: 8-10 serving(s)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

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molasses marinated broccoli salad

It’s always great to have a stash of salad recipes that venture from the lettuce sort. In fact, a group of friends and I were joking about a potluck I hosted where everyone, everyone, brought a salad. Fortunately they weren’t all leafy green salads.

You can make a great summer meal of salads when there’s a good variety of vegetables and textures involved (and you have laidback guests who are enjoying the wine). 

This marinated broccoli salad recipe from my sister-in-law Jane adds great variety to a potluck and is a welcome change from basic steamed broccoli.

It tastes especially good when it has had a chance to sit for a few hours to mellow the texture and flavour of the raw broccoli. What’s better, it can last in the fridge for a few days and maintains its crunch.

molasses marinated broccoli salad

Some people may find a big bowl of raw broccoli daunting. There is a lot of chewing involved with uncooked vegetables but I assure you this salad is worth it.

Be sure to use the broccoli stalks too. Just peel them with a vegetable peeler then cut into a fine dice.

molasses marinated broccoli salad

Marinated Broccoli Salad Recipe


  • 1 large head of broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • ½ cup toasted sunflower seeds or slivered almonds


  • 3 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Place all dressing ingredients, except oil, in a jar with a lid and give it a good shake, taking care to incorporate the mustard well. Add the oil and give it another good shake until it’s well blended. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place vegetables in a big bowl and toss with the dressing (you may not need all of it.) Best if made a few hours ahead. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds before serving.

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6 thoughts on “Molasses Marinated Broccoli Salad

  1. Elizabeth Severin says:

    I have recipes from the 40’s and Newfoundland where my mom came from and Nova Scotia. I have loads of them and am still using and saving. I LOVE recipes and have tried just about all of them more than once. Always still looking for new and different ones to share with my kids/grandkids and their families.

  2. kohlmeyer brenda says:

    When younger ..remember having Crosby MOLLASES sandwiches…

  3. Linda Walton says:

    When we four kids were ages 1-4…we were very poor. I remember eating biscuits and molasses for lunch. Luckily I liked molasses but, one of my brothers did not. He will not eat biscuits today or molasses. Those were the days!

    1. Hi Linda, too bad for your brother. He’s missing out on lots of great food!

  4. Allison says:

    Very tasty version of broccoli salad. Molasses dressing is very good. I did not have tomatoes or red peppers but I added some craisins. I think mandarin oranges would be a good addition too.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Allison,
      Thank you so much for your feedback on our broccoli salad, so glad you enjoyed. What a great idea adding craisins too! I think mandarin oranges would be an excellent addition and compliment the salad by adding some texture and a splash of flavor. If you happen to give it a try next time, let us know what you think.

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