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Broccoli Salad Recipe

Simple Broccoli Salad is tasty and hearty topped with a delicious homemade dressing. It's perfect for BBQs and get-togethers.
Prep Time10 minutes
Chill Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9
Author: Lil' Luna


  • 1 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 7 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • ½ cup Craisins
  • ½ cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled


  • In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar and mix well.
  • Add broccoli and Craisins and stir to coat.
  • Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
  • Before serving, stir in sunflower seeds and bacon.



Make Ahead: Broccoli salad can be prepared a day ahead of time without losing its texture. Just be sure to leave out the bacon and sunflower seeds until you are ready to serve, or they might get a little soggy. If you need to prepare it 2–3 days in advance, combine all the salad ingredients except the dressing; wait to add the dressing until you are ready to serve. Once the dressing has been added to the salad, it will only last 1–2 more days in the refrigerator.
Variations: Swap out the sunflower seeds for pine nuts, chopped pecans, cashews or almonds. Use raisins or fresh red grapes instead of Craisins.
Additions: Add cubed cheddar cheese or other fruits and veggies, like cauliflower florets, chopped kale, shredded carrots, chopped celery or apple chunks.
CAULIFLOWER BROCCOLI SALAD: Make the same dressing above and substitute half the broccoli for cauliflower florets. Add 1 cup cubed cheese along with sunflower seeds and crumbled bacon.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 360mg | Potassium: 323mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 469IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg