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Broccoli Slaw Fast And Easy With 5 Ingredients

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Last Modified: November 2, 2023
Published: November 2, 2023

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Broccoli slaw? In a bag? Everything is already shredded for me? And it's in plain sight, right in the produce section? I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I had never, ever noticed it. What a mistake! I am so happy I finally found it!!

broccoli slaw served

A while back, I took a little road trip to spend a day with an old friend. She is an amazing artist and incredibly efficient. Mary paints huge quantities of extremely detailed, intricate work like these table mats and runners, free-hand! These were painted on an oilcloth. I'm in awe because precision is not my gift!

Mary Bell's art

She says she doesn't cook or follow a recipe, but she threw the most amazing lunch together, including a broccoli slaw made from the pre-packaged slaw. It was incredibly delicious, and I could not stop eating it!

Amazing Broccoli Slaw In Just 10 Minutes

broccoli slaw ingredients

I need to learn some tricks from my friends who love to eat but do not share my love of spending time in the kitchen! I have always been a pretty good "scratch" cook. Quick is good, but sometimes quicker is even better, especially when it tastes this good!

Pre-packaged broccoli slaw is simply amazing! It's all washed and ready to use. It contains shredded carrots and red cabbage for added color, flavor, and nutrition. I call it magic! There's no waste and no mess. It's a very versatile little bag of goodies, and it keeps very well in the refrigerator.

Other Ways To Use Packaged Broccoli Slaw

  • Use it in tacos or pitas instead of lettuce. It's crunchier and much more nutritious than iceberg lettuce.
  • Mix it in with other salad greens. It adds bulk, fiber, and nutrition, and it holds up better under heavy salad dressing.
  • Stir fry it with leftover bits of beef or chicken. Add soy or teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds for a quick, light supper.
  • Make broccoli soup!

Normally, I avoid the "convenience" section of the produce department. You know, where everything is all washed, cut, and ready to go. I've always been hyper-budget-conscious!

I always grate my carrots and shred my cabbage by hand. But, seriously, I finally realized there are times when that's not necessary! You CAN teach an old dog new tricks, and my tail is wagging!!

How To Whip Up This Amazing Salad

This broccoli slaw probably takes less than 10 minutes to put together without breaking a sweat! Here's how! Peel and chop about 1/2 cup of cucumber.

chopped cucumbers

Peel and chop about 1/2 cup of red onion. I used my Pampered Chef food chopper to chop them both a little bit finer.

red onion and cucumber

Dump the whole bag of slaw, the onion, and the cucumber in a bowl. Mix it all up. Pour a jar of chunky bleu cheese dressing from the refrigerated section over everything and toss it together.

broccoli slaw ingredients in a bowl

You can serve this immediately, but it's even better the next day when all the flavors get to know each other better. Garnish with roasted salted pepitas!

The crunchy, salty bits kick everything up a notch, and the result is pure broccoli bliss. Pepitas are a nutritional powerhouse, too, so add them liberally and enjoy them in this incredibly yummy salad!

Yield: 6 servings

5 Ingredient Broccoli Slaw

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A creamy, crunchy, nutritious 5-ingredient salad that goes together in a jiffy and tastes amazing,

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • One 12-ounce bag of packaged broccoli slaw
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • One 13-ounce jar bleu cheese dip and dressing from the refrigerated section
  • Roasted, salted pepitas for garnishing generously


  1. Peel and chop the cucumber.
  2. Chop the red onion.
  3. Combine the slaw mix, red onion, and cucumber in a bowl and toss together.
  4. Pour the whole jar of dressing over all the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Garnish generously with pepitas.

This slaw would be a perfect topping for pulled pork sandwiches. Use your imagination and think of other things you might have on hand for add-ins! How about some dried cranberries or cherries? Sweet, crunchy red grapes would also taste amazing! How could you possibly go wrong by adding some crisp bacon bits?

Bleu cheese is terrific with broccoli slaw, but you may feel free to try other dressings like poppy seed or ranch. Even if you are not sure about bleu cheese, try it! The flavors were made for each other!

A Little Message From GB's Heart

Our women friends are important. Studies show women with a circle of close women friends are happier, live longer, and recover more quickly from illnesses or injuries. It is worth the time to nurture those important relationships because they are essential to our well-being.💝

Humans were wired for connection. We are enriched when we take the time to renew those connections! My day with Mary was long overdue and filled with blessings. This salad recipe was the cherry on top! I hope you enjoy it and share it with a friend!

You might also enjoy this super easy tuna casserole recipe! Make two and share one with a friend!

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