Broccoli Salad Recipe

Amazing homemade Broccoli Salad Recipe. The sweet and savory combination is wonderful as the broccoli florets come together with the almonds, bacon, craisins and sunflower seeds in a creamy homemade dressing.

Salad recipes like this one, our cabbage salad the easy broccoli cauliflower and our favorite cauliflower salad are great summer party salads.

Broccoli salad recipe with bacon, red onion, and almonds in a bowl with homemade mayo dressing.

easy broccoli salad recipe-

This cold broccoli salad is great!! Not only is it delicious, but it also comes together really quickly and is the perfect salad to prep in advance. The salad is packed with so many flavors and textures. Raw broccoli florets with bacon bits, crunchy almond slices and sunflower seeds in the easiest sweet and tangy creamy homemade dressing.

The flavors are PERFECT in every bite. This salad is great to serve alongside grilled chicken thighs or even a side salad for pulled chicken in the Instant Pot.

Step by step collage how to make broccoli salad recipe.

tips on how to make broccoli salad-

  • When chopping the broccoli florets, be sure they are all bite-sized uniform pieces.
  • The bacon may be cooked in pieces in a skillet on the stove top. You can also bake the bacon in the oven, then chop them into smaller pieces. Once cooked, add bacon to a bowl with a lined paper towel so the grease drains.
  • You can add more sugar to the dressing if desired.

do I cook the broccoli?

No, raw broccoli is great in this recipe. The homemade dressing softens the broccoli florets and it’s a perfect crunchy salad.

Great broccoli salad recipe for lunch or a dinner side.

can I prepare the salad in advance?

This salad and the dressing may be prepared in advance and kept refrigerated overnight. I sometimes make a double portion and have a salad to put in for my husband’s lunch for a few days. NOTE: The salad will keep fresh up to 3 days in the refrigerated covered.

how do I store broccoli salad?

Broccoli salad is best if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerater.

Broccoli salad in a bowl with almonds and sunflower seeds.

Bring the broccoli salad to your next party, it will be a huge HIT! We always get rave reviews and everyone asks for the recipe. 🙂

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5 from 10 votes

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Amazing homemade Broccoli Salad Recipe. The sweet and savory combination is wonderful as the broccoli florets come together with the almonds, bacon, craisins and sunflower seeds and creamy dressing. This is the perfect recipe for parties and potlucks.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli salad
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 623kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner

Ingredients

  • 3 cups broccoli florets, raw
  • 1/2 lb bacon, chopped and cooked
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

Instructions

  • Cook bacon until crispy.
  • Cut broccoli into medium uniform florets. Finely chop the onion.
  • Prepare the dressing; whisk together the mayo, sugar and vinegar until creamy. 
  • Combine all of the ingredients. Mix well.

Notes

The dressing tends to travel to the bottom of the bowl. Mix salad and scoop from the bottom up. 
You can add a few more Tablespoons of sugar if you want the salad sweeter. 🙂

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Show 22 Comments
  • Kristyn 07/01/2019, 10:56 pm Link Reply

    Love this salad! It’s the perfect side dish, especially all summer long!

    • Valentina's Corner 07/02/2019, 10:13 am Link Reply

      Kristyn, thank you! Glad you enjoyed this recipe.

  • Echo 07/01/2019, 10:24 pm Link Reply

    This broccoli salad is the perfect way to get my kids to eat their broccoli! I love it so much!

    • Valentina's Corner 07/02/2019, 10:14 am Link Reply

      Echo, that’s a great way to get your kids to eat broccoli! 🙂

  • Krissy Allori 07/01/2019, 10:13 pm Link Reply

    This is one of my favorites to take to potlucks!

    • Valentina's Corner 07/02/2019, 10:14 am Link Reply

      Krissy, thank you! We love this salad for potlucks.

  • Beth Pierce 07/01/2019, 8:48 pm Link Reply

    This was the best side dish with our grilled chicken dinner last night! Saving this to enjoy again and again!

    • Valentina's Corner 07/01/2019, 9:36 pm Link Reply

      Thank you, Beth! I am glad you enjoyed this broccoli salad. 🙂

  • lauren kelly 07/01/2019, 6:57 pm Link Reply

    This is the perfect summer salad! I love how crunchy and delicious it is!

    • Valentina's Corner 07/01/2019, 9:37 pm Link Reply

      We love this broccoli salad in the summer too! 🙂

  • Val 06/23/2019, 4:16 am Link Reply

    My new favorite salad recipe.

    • Valentina's Corner 06/23/2019, 4:17 am Link Reply

      I’m so glad to hear that, Val. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mattie 01/12/2019, 12:50 am Link Reply

    I’ve been looking for a fresh broccoli salad and I could never find one I really enjoyed. I make this salad at the beginning of the week and eat it through the week! The dressing is so delightful and easy to make.

    • Valentina's Corner 01/12/2019, 12:18 pm Link Reply

      Good thinking, Mattie! This broccoli salad is perfect to prepare an enjoy for several days. Soo good.

  • Lauren 01/12/2019, 12:35 am Link Reply

    This is the best salad I have ever had. I never used to like broccoli but once I tried this salad it changed my view! This salad is a combination of sweet and salty and crunchy and soft. The dressing is also so good and easy to make!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/12/2019, 12:13 pm Link Reply

      Aaaww, you’re so kind. Thank you for trying our recipe. I must agree, this broccoli salad is AMAZING!

  • Toria 06/15/2018, 8:53 pm Link Reply

    Such a unique and yummy salad!

    • admin 06/16/2018, 11:27 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Toria! 🙂 🙂

  • Anne 04/27/2018, 1:09 am Link Reply

    Valentina, did you also put some red onion into this salad as pictured?

    • admin 04/27/2018, 11:18 am Link Reply

      Thanks so much for catching that, Anne! You’re awesome. Recipe card is updated. 🙂 You’re going to love this recipe.

  • Marina Baranov 11/24/2017, 2:13 pm Link Reply

    I made this recipe yesterday for Thanksgiving and just came back to say thank you! It was a big hit. I only used half of the dressing though because it seemed to be a bit much. I also added a little variation… fresh blueberries! Mmmm… so good! Thanks a million! ?

    • admin 11/24/2017, 9:27 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much, Marina. Glad to hear that. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. (p.s. I really need to update the pictures on this recipe. haha..)

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