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A Guest Favorite: Broccoli Madness Salad

by admin on Monday, January 18, 2010 · 102 comments

in Fun Stuff,Recipes

One of the most common questions we hear is:
Can I get the recipe for  Broccoli Madness Salad?

The answer is YES!


We rarely make this recipe public, but right before Super Bowl we thought it’d make a great side dish for the big game!

Here’s the recipe…

Serves 6-8.
1 bunch uncooked broccoli*
½ cup crumbled cooked bacon
½ cup cashews
1/3 cup raisins
¼ cup chopped red onions

1 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Mix the first five ingredients in a large bowl.
In a second bowl, beat dressing ingredients together gently until smooth.
Toss the salad with the dressing approximately 10 minutes before serving to allow flavors to meld. Serve on chilled salad dishes.

*The broccoli is a loose guideline: often people have to make it a few times before they get it just the way they like it.

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Liz Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Even though you’ll make this at home like I have (usually for pot lucks), I STILL go to Souplantation and get this dish without fail!I Can’t stay away from that place! love it! And the recipe is exact! thanks for sharing!


Nikki Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Love the broccoli salad,thank u 4 the recipe.


betty i Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm

thank you – thank you – thank you! Love it!


Kathy Fischer Monday, June 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm

I bought the packaged salad fixings at Costco last Friday and my husband loved it. I have found other recipes for broccoli salad and they were pretty good but never matched what I had at Sweet Tomatoes. With the recipe, now I can make it more often. Thanks.

By the way, how about the recipe or packaged salad fixings for your Chinese Chicken Wonton Salad. That is my all time ultimate favorite salad at Sweet Tomatoes.


Fran Shanaberger Friday, June 10, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Thank you for the recipe because everytime I have a craving for this salad and go to Costco
to purchase it, they are always out of it. I was told it was very popular and a big seller, that’s why they were always sold out. Unfortunately, there is not a SoupPlantation in my area.
Now I can enjoy making my own. Thank you again.


Tracy M. Monday, June 13, 2011 at 8:17 am

Maybe call Costco before your trip and see if they are in stock. We are glad to hear you enjoy Joan’s Broccoli Madness.


Shannon Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Thanks for the recipie!!! I love this salad. I get a HUGE plate of it anytime I go to ST!!


Angie Friday, July 22, 2011 at 6:40 am

Thank you, thank you. I love this salad, now I can make it at home. I could never get the dressing right.


Cecilia Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 5:57 am

One of my favorite salads at Sweet Tomatoes!!! I would love to see the new salad recipe for Our Hawaiian Crunch Salad. Thanks so much. Hubby and I enjoy the food at Sweet Tomatoes.


Deb Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm

2 years after the blog was posted and I am so glad I found this. I bought this at Costco but the recipe looks so easy I’d rather make it myself. thank you so much for sharing!!!


Kristie Carlson Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

I love this salad!! I would love to know how you make your reduced fat creamy cucumber dressing. I haven’t seen it for a while and its the only dressing I have ever liked. Please share, Kristie


DeeNa Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Thank you!!! I am so excited and can’t wait to make it tonight! I ate at Sweet Tomatoes yesterday and a different tasty broccoli salad was offered. That was good but my husband and I both love this. Thanks again!


NICK Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Went to Souplantation in La Mesa today, hoping for a heapin’ helpin’ of Joan’s Broccoli Madness. But it had been replaced by some variation of JBM with lemon added (and a less-catchy new name). It was not good. Honestly, I hated it. Bring back JOAN’S!!!!


Tracy M. Monday, December 5, 2011 at 8:43 am

thank you for your feedback. Joan’s Broccoli Madness will return. We are testing a new broccoli salad to see which one people go mad for. The original Joan’s will return on December 17.


JoAnne Monday, January 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. This is the best salad.


Faleen Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 8:43 am

I love the new Sweet & Tangy Lemon Broccoli Madness (broccoli/craisin/lemon salad). It is absolutely fantastic and everyone seemed to be loving it the days i have had it there. The nice thing about it is that it doesn’t contain bacon or any meat so that everyone can enjoy it. Keep serving this marvelous salad.


Ruth Friday, March 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

This is the best salad, EVER! I was so thrilled when I found a Broccoli Madness Salad kit in my local Costco. Having the recipe is even better. Even my husband likes this!!!



sandra knight Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

Hi I love the joan’s brocolli salad. I was just wondering how many calories are in one serving.


Tracy M. Monday, April 16, 2012 at 8:19 am

Take a look at our nutrition guide on out site and it will give you all the calories for every dish at Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes.
Joan’s Broccoli Madness (Non-Vegetarian) 1/2 cup 180 calories
the full content is at:


Michelle T Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

I practically lived on this salad when I was in Orlando for 3 months. Back home in NY and there is no Sweet Tomato anywhere near here and was sincerely missing this salad. Now I can make it myself. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I love this stuff!


Peggy Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I LOVE the Broccoli Salad that I buy at CostCo — it’s in a sweet tomato package. I have to ask about the dressing though. The packets look to have a bit of a red swirl of color in the dressing. The recipe above wouldn’t have anything red. Are you hiding a secret ingredient from us Joan? : ))))
Thanks much!
Hope you come up with more salads to sell.


FAL Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I love your new broccoli madness with the lemon dressing, NOT the Joans with the bacon. It dosent seem to be on the menu at all lately. Would you kindly offer that recipe for us to make at home since it seems to be discontinued at the restaurants? Thank you in advance.


Tracy M. Monday, June 25, 2012 at 9:57 am

We will possibly be serving the Lemon Broccoli Madness in April during our Lemon Month. We will check if Chef Mike will share the recipe. Stay tuned!


Faleen Monday, October 1, 2012 at 10:41 am

Since you no longer list the broccoli madness that came with a lemon sauce/dressing and NO BACON, I would love to have that recipe. For a while you had alternated that with the Joans madness which many of us cannot/wouldnt eat. It was a wonderful salad and so many of us really enjoyed it. Thank you in advance for your reply.


Nadia Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Am curious to try to make this with Splenda instead of sugar or maybe half and half. I know it is pretty sweet but I love it…I may have to try it!


3Girls Friday, February 8, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I can’t thank you enough for sharing this recipe. I have three children, all of which are girls ages 8, 11 & 15 and all they ask is to buy the Joan’s Broccoli Madness Salad from Costco. Unfortunately, they come in one or two servings only and my girls asked for more. Thank you for sharing this healthy recipe that kids would love. We love to go Souplantation in California and have been loyal customers for over a decade. Again, Thank you!


admin Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 11:53 am



Marianne Friday, February 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I’m a vegetarian so I’ll make it without the bacon and use Stevia in place of the sugar. I’ll taste along the way for the right sweetness. I love this stuff though. My favorite salad.


BarbaraH Friday, February 15, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I love this salad, didn’t know SP made it, a friend gave me the recipe and will be making it again this weekend. I don’t use raisins, however, they are not my fave and I use dried cranberries from either Sprouts or Trader Joe’s instead. Next time at Soup Plantation, if it’s there, I will try it.


diana martin Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm

When will there be a soup plantation in grand rapids mi?’


diana martin Friday, February 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

When is theregoing to be a soup PLANTATION/SWEET TOMATO IN GRAND RAPIDS MI?


Janell Davis Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 5:22 pm

In the past I had lunch at least once a week in at SP Laguna Niguel, CA. I moved to Central New York 4 years ago. The nearest ST or Soup Plantation is in Chicago IL! Imagine my excitement at seeing Sweet Tomatoes while on winter vacation in Sarasota FL!!! I hope you can bring Sweet Tomatoes to Syracuse NY soon. In the meantime I will make Joan’s salad for potluck. I have been recommending Sweet Tomatoes to all my friends here in Florida.


admin Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

Hi Janell – we don’t currently have expansion plans but thanks for liking us enough to want one in your area!


June Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Is there a special mayo that you use?


admin Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Hi June. Nope, any mayo will do!


Joyce Friday, July 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

How about a Sweet Tomatoes in Volusia County, FL. Like in Port Orange, for example. Loved going there in Tampa area and always wishing I had one here. Hopefully we will soon see one.


Don Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Thank you. I always get this when we go to Souplantation. Will try it at home this week.


joan Monday, November 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

was wondering how far in advance this can be made, whether together or separate? several days or just several hours? thank you. and oh, by the way, i love this salad at ST’s.


admin Monday, November 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Hi Joan – Since there is mayonnaise in the recipe we suggested making the dish a few hours prior to when you plan on serving it. However, you could mix together all of the other ingredients further in advance and keep the dressing separate until serving time. Good luck!


Caroline Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 6:46 am

Hi Joan,

We love JBM, just divine. Also the Chinese Won-Ton.

Please, oh please, put one in North Dallas or suburbs (maybe Rockwall) – you’d sure have a market there!


Wendy Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:48 am

Thank you Joan for sharing such a delicious recipe!!


KYMBERLEIGH Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8:30 am

Love JBM , i add more bacon and sub pecans for the cashew nuts ,its so good


Alison Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:23 am

To die for. Just heaven.


Deina Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Thank you so much for being so gracious and sharing such a popular and awesome part of your Menu!! I first tried this from Costco and absolutely fell in love with it and am always so bummed when they are out of it LOL!!! Later, a friend took me to a Sweet Tomatoes for the first time and I made the connection and became ever so spoiled!! Truly delish!! Being so gracious and sharing something like this just makes me want to choose y’all first when the question comes up, “where are we going to eat”?! Thanks for being a great place for a family to choose to eat! Nothing compares!!


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