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.

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.

Broccoli, craisins, sunflower seeds, bacon and the most amazing dressing!

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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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!

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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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Lil' Luna
Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 9 to 2) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.
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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 9 to 2) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.

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  1. 1

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

  2. 4

    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.

  3. 6

    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.

  4. 8

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

  5. 10

    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!!!

  6. 12
    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!!

  7. 14

    what dressing did you use for the salad?

  8. 16

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

  9. 18

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