By Allrecipes Editors

Crunchy, sweet broccoli salads are perfect for anything from a light lunch on a warm day, to a side dish at a barbeque. We'll share our top tips for making broccoli salads, plus favorite recipes for you to try.

3 Easy Tips for Better Broccoli Salads

1. Blanch and shock: Before you chop up the broccoli, consider blanching the broccoli first. "I feel the key is to blanch the broccoli for 30 seconds," says NANSEAB. "Then put into ice water. It takes the 'raw' off and makes it taste so much better." See how easy it is to "blanch and shock" vegetables to retain their color, flavor, and crispness.

2. Dry before dressing: After you blanch and shock your broccoli, be sure to dry it off before adding salad dressing. You can give it a good spin in a salad spinner, or dab it dry with paper towels. This helps salad dressing stick to the broccoli, and prevents extra moisture that could water down the flavor.

3. Make-ahead: If you have time, make the salad in advance so the flavors can develop. Cover and store in the fridge, and give it a stir before serving to redistribute the dressing.

Top-Rated Recipes to Try

1. Alyson's Broccoli Salad

"This stuff is awesome," says RS500. "I didn't like raw broccoli before now, but now this is my favorite vegetable dish."

Photo by cookin'mama

2. Fresh Broccoli Salad

"Very tasty salad. Sweet like a coleslaw," says DESERTGTX.

Photo by asnella

3. Broccoli Salad with Red Grapes, Bacon, and Sunflower Seeds

"Best broccoli salad ever," raves Michelle. "I was hoping for leftovers, but my husband cleaned out the bowl! I didn't nor wouldn't change a thing..."

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4. Bodacious Broccoli Salad

"I have used this recipe for two years now and we love it," says Nancy L. "I use a blend of colby and jack shredded cheese and black pepper to taste."

Photo by Hanny Manny

5. Broccoli and Ramen Noodle Salad

"This is an excellent salad to bring to potlucks, summer games, or a light salad with a sandwich at home," says Jackie.

6. Tortellini Bacon Broccoli Salad

"This is an excellent pasta salad that is great to make for the week ahead or to bring to potlucks," says MostAwesomeChefEver. "Make it -- you won't be disappointed."

Photo by Molly

7. Broccoli Coleslaw

"I am excited to find this delicious recipe," says jessicachappell. "It is unique, finely a coleslaw sort of deal without the traditional 'cabbage' and mayonnaise."

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