Broccoli salad recipe in a serving bowl with a fork for eating

Best Broccoli Salad Recipe

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This Broccoli Salad Recipe is an easy Summer salad that is packed with crisp broccoli, real bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and tossed in a homemade dressing. It’s the perfect side dish for any BBQ, potluck, or gathering with family and friends.

Broccoli salad in a serving bowl with a fork for eating

This is the Best Broccoli Salad Recipe I have ever had. It’s made with fresh ingredients and is probably one of the easiest Summer salads you will put together, which is why it is one of my favorites. This easy side salad goes well served along side our Baby Back Ribs, our Instant Pot BBQ Chicken, and our delicious BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger.

Broccoli Salad Recipe Ingredients

  • Broccoli: Cut broccoli into small bit size pieces. You don’t want the pieces too big, you want to get a bite full of all the other ingredients in the salad as well.
  • Onion: Diced Red Onion is my favorite, but if your not a fan of onions, feel free to omit them.
  • Cranberries: This recipe calls for dried cranberries, but raisins are a good substitute.
  • Sunflower Seeds: I like salted sunflower seeds, but you can also use unsalted.
  • Bacon Bits: I like to use the real bacon bits that can be found down the salad dressing isle of your grocery store, but feel free to cook up your own bacon and chop it up.
  • Mayonnaise: I like to use light mayo to cut down on the calories.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar gives the perfect amount of tang to the dressing.
  • Sugar: Adds a little sweetness and pairs well with the apple cider vinegar.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add more or less to taste.

How to make Broccoli Salad

  • In a large mixing bowl combine broccoli florets, diced onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits until combined.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Pour dressing over broccoli salad and toss to coat completely.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. Enjoy!
broccoli salad ingredients in a bowl with homemade dressing being poured over top

Tips for making the best broccoli salad recipe

  • For the best taste, let your salad chill in the fridge for at least one hour to let all the flavors really blend together.
  • Make sure you use real bacon bits and not the imitation bacon bits.
  • I like to cut my broccoli into small bite size florets. This allows you to get all the delicious ingredients in one bite.
close up picture of broccoli salad

How to store broccoli salad

If you have leftovers of this broccoli salad (as in the dressing is mixed in with the veggies), you can keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you are keeping the salad and dressing separately, it will last up to 4 days.

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Broccoli salad recipe in a serving bowl with a fork for eating

Broccoli Salad Recipe

April King
This Broccoli Salad Recipe is an easy Summer salad that is packed with crisp broccoli, bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and tossed in a homemade dressing. It's the perfect side dish for any BBQ, potluck, or gathering with family or friends.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Chilling Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 181 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 5-6 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, salted
  • 3/4 cup real bacon bits
  • 1 cup lite mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl combine broccoli florets, diced onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits until combined.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Pour dressing over broccoli salad and toss to coat completely.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 181kcalCarbohydrates: 13.5gProtein: 7.4gFat: 11.3gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 588mgPotassium: 183.8mgFiber: 1.9gSugar: 43gVitamin A: 83.1IUVitamin C: 55.6mgCalcium: 26.8mgIron: 0.9mg
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