Broccoli Salad

Amazing Broccoli Salad Recipe. The sweet and savory combination is wonderful as the broccoli florets come together with the almonds, bacon, craisins and sunflower seeds. This is the perfect recipe for potlucks.

Broccoli salad with bacon, red onion, and almonds.

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If someone would have told me 5 years ago I would be eating raw broccoli I would have never believed them, lol. Here I am now, loving raw broccoli with just about anything!!:) This broccoli salad is a great idea if you really don’t have time to go all out. It’s light, easy to do and tastes great.!. I absolutely love the flavor of the broccoli with bacon, almonds, sunflower seed and in the homemade dressing. An unexpected kind of good.


The salad is crunchy from the bacon pieces with almonds and sunflower seeds. However, the dressing penetrates and adds so much flavor and gives balance to the recipe. It’s a sweet and tangy meets savory kind of salad. So unexpected and wonderful.

Step by step pictures for how to make broccoli salad recipe.


This salad is such an easy salad to make. The salad has simple ingredients and little prep time. This salad is a popular salad when we get together for ladies evening or potluck.

I love that this salad can be made in advance and even the night before. Then, just add the dressing right before serving, mix and it’s ready to enjoy! Since all you have to do is cook the bacon, chop the broccoli and onion, you can have everything done is under 15 minutes. The homemade sweet and tangy dressing is so quick as well. So easy and a KEEPER!

Great broccoli salad recipef for lunch or a dinner side.


The bacon in this salad makes the flavors oh so much better. I believe that bacon makes everything taste so much better, please tell me you agree. Totally doing a bacon dance here!

Crispy bacon bits in salad take the salad to a whole new level of wonderful. Like happy kind of wonderful. This broccoli salad just wouldn’t be as wonderful if bacon wasn’t a part of this awesomeness. #EatMoreBacon

Can I prepare the salad in advance?

This salad and the dressing may be prepared in advance. You can keep it refrigerated overnight. I sometimes make a double portion and have a salad to put in for my husband’s lunch for a few days.

Broccoli salad in a bowl with sunflower seeds.


  • When chopping the broccoli florets, be sure they are all bite-sized 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 have to 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.

5 from 4 votes
Broccoli Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins

Amazing Broccoli Salad Recipe. The sweet and savory combination is wonderful as the broccoli florets come together with the almonds, bacon, craisins and sunflower seeds. This is the perfect recipe for potlucks. 

Course: Salad
Servings: 4 - 6 servings
Calories: 961 kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 lb bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  1. Cook bacon.

  2. Cut broccoli into small florets. Chop the onion. Add to a bowl.

  3. Prepare the dressing. Combine mayo, sugar and vinegar. 

  4. Combine all of the ingredients. Mix well.

Recipe 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. 🙂

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 961 Calories from Fat 720
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 80g 123%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 756mg 32%
Potassium 542mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 37g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 9.7%
Vitamin C 74.1%
Calcium 8.8%
Iron 12.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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NOTE: This is an updated OLD post that needed new pictures.

Valentina's Corner

Show 10 Comments
  • Mattie 01/12/2019, 12:50 am

    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

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

  • Lauren 01/12/2019, 12:35 am

    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

      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

    Such a unique and yummy salad!

    • admin 06/16/2018, 11:27 pm

      Thanks so much, Toria! 🙂 🙂

  • Anne 04/27/2018, 1:09 am

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

    • admin 04/27/2018, 11:18 am

      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

    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

      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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