Favorite Broccoli Salad

Recipes · Salads · June 9, 2017

This Sunny Broccoli Salad is a simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.

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We have enjoyed Broccoli Salad for as long as I can remember. I think we first had it a BBQ restaurant years ago and have tried numerous recipes since then. I’ve posted a few broccoli salads here on the site (Strawberry Broccoli Salad and this Broccoli Slaw), and both are delicious, but today’s recipe is my all-time favorite Broccoli Salad. It comes from my sister-in-law (on the hubby’s side) and is one we tried a few months back.

As I had mentioned, we have tried lots of versions of this recipe, but today’s version has all the ingredients that I love. Yes, I admit that in the past there have been ingredients I wasn’t in love with (ie onions, raisins), but the combination of broccoli, sunflower seeds, bacon and craisins is absolutely amazing. Since I first tried this recipe, we have made it a few more times and even my family agreed it was absolutely delicious and their new favorite.

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With summer get together and BBQs every week, you better believe we will be making this salad more often, and I hope you guys enjoy it just as much as we did!

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4.4 from 9 reviews
Favorite Broccoli Salad
 
Sunny Broccoli Salad - A simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayonnaise, reduced-fat mayonnaise, or salad dressing
  • ½ cup craisins
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 7 cups chopped fresh broccoli florets
  • ½ cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • 8 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained and crumbled
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine mayonnaise, craisins, sugar, and vinegar. Add broccoli and stir to coat. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
  2. Before serving, stir in sunflower seeds and bacon. ENJOY!
Sunny Broccoli Salad - A simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.

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    Shannon w

    I also get asked to bring this salad all the, but I substitute red grapes for cruising, also add some purple onion..

    Bonnie

    I make this salad but all green onion, chopped celery, and cashews. The cashew really make it. You should try it. The celery gives it a little more crunch.

    Debbie

    Made the broccoli salad before and love it. But didn’t add the bacon. What a great idea! Will add next time. Just more flavor.

      Lil' Luna

      The bacon definitely isn’t necessary, but it makes it even better. Let me know if you try it again with the bacon. 😉

    Dave

    Great recipe ….big hit 4th picnic…I cut back to 2 tbls sugar and used 1/2 cherry craisins and 1/2 cranberry ….

      Lil' Luna

      I love hearing that!! Thank you so much for trying it & for letting me know!

    Pam

    Just wanted to say Thanks for the broccoli salad recipe. I found it a week ago and have made it three times!!!!!Love the easy prep! Have cooked for 50 years and am tired of chopping!Thanks so much for an easy and delicious recipe! Ten stars!!!

      Lil' Luna

      You are so sweet!! Makes me so happy to hear you’ve made it 3 times in one week!! Thank you so much!! 🙂

    Amy Hoffmeier

    Are salted sunflower seeds okay? I don’t want it to be too salty with the bacon and sunflower seeds, but it’s all I have!!

    Kait

    what dressing did you use for the salad?

      Lil' Luna

      It is a homemade dressing, which is in the recipe 🙂 Hope that helps!

    Heidi

    Can you substitute miracle whip for the mayonnaise? I am trying to make it dairy free.

    Nisha

    This salad was delicious. Even my non-brocolli eating son enjoyed it. Thank you very very much!

    Kristine Diaz

    I could eat the whole thing my self, lol. Love it!!!!!!!!!

    Gayle

    I am making this salad for thanksgiving instead of traditional broccoli. What type of vinegar do you use?

      Kristi

      I’m going to make it for Thanksgiving also, and am wondering if people have tried different vinegars? Like Red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar? I’m guessing you just use white vinegar?

        Kathleen

        I always use apple cider vinegar

        Gayle

        Thank you, I think I’ll try the apple cider vinegar. Happy Thanksgiving!

        Kristyn Merkley

        You could totally use the apple cider one 🙂 I just used white distilled, but I’m sure that will work just fine.

      Kristyn Merkley

      I used white, distilled, but you could use apple cider vinegar 🙂

    Craig C

    It was a favorite at Thanksgiving. My new go-to recipe for potlucks.

    Ed Rosenthal

    Do you think this would be OK in a backpack for a few days hiking along the west coast? Good fast energy!

      Kristyn Merkley

      I’m not sure! I’d think it needs to stay cold, but honestly haven’t tried! Sounds fun!

    Janet

    love the recipes

    Laura M

    I make this too, except instead of seeds I use diced apples. I think using both together would be good.

    Victor

    I like the addition of craisins sunflower seeds. Will definitely try.

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