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Easy Broccoli Salad Recipe

This easy broccoli salad is creamy, crunchy and perfect for potlucks.

With just 15 minutes of prep, you’ve got the perfect side dish for summer barbecues or weeknight meals.

Plus, it gets even better when it sits overnight in the fridge!

Bowl of Homemade Creamy Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Easy Broccoli Salad

This is your classic broccoli salad with all the good stuff!

A classic Midwestern side dish that you’ll see at nearly every family get-together.

It’s a sweet and creamy combo of crunchy broccoli, crispy bacon, raisins, and sunflower seeds.

It’s perfect for weeknight meals as well.

Bowl of Fresh Broccoli, Onions, Bacon and Other Ingredients Laid on the Table


You’ll need the following ingredients to make this easy broccoli salad:

  • Chopped broccoli. You can buy pre-chopped broccoli to save time or chop it yourself. Either way, it’s the star of this show.
  • Bacon. Remember to cook and crumble the bacon before starting the salad. I typically use quick and easy microwavable bacon.
  • Golden raisins. They add a slight sweetness and a little tanginess to the recipe. Their golden color is lovely, as well.
  • Mayo & white wine vinegar. These ingredients make up the base of the dressing. They ensure it’s creamy, tart, and tangy.
  • White sugar. A little sugar will sweeten the tartest and tangiest notes in the dressing. You can use less or more than the recipe requires to suit your tastes.
  • Red onion. For crunch, color, and that sharp sweetness only onions can provide.
  • Sunflower seeds or nuts. I typically use sunflower seeds, but you can substitute your favorite nuts. If they’re larger, though, you’ll want to chop them into smaller pieces.

How to Make Broccoli Salad

This fantastic recipe makes six servings perfect for an intimate dinner with the family. And it’s easy to make, too! Here’s how:

1. Fry the bacon over medium-high heat until brown. Then, chop it into small bits and set aside.

2. Chop the broccoli, keeping only the florets. Then, chop the florets into bite-sized pieces.

3. Make the salad. Toss the broccoli, bacon, nuts, raisins, and onions in a bowl.

4. Make the dressing. Combine the mayo, sugar, and vinegar.

5. Finish the dish. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well to coat.

6. Enjoy! You can serve the salad immediately or cover and refrigerate it until ready to serve. Either way, enjoy!

Note: You can also add carrots for more crunch and cheese for a richer flavor.

Homemade Broccoli Salad with Onions, Bacon and Nuts

Tips & Tricks

Check out my five top tips for making broccoli salad:

  • Blanch the broccoli. Blanching the broccoli simply means boiling it for about 2 minutes, then dousing it in ice water. You don’t HAVE to do that for this recipe. However, it WILL keep your broccoli bright green and crunchy for several days.
  • Tone down the onion. Some people don’t appreciate the strong taste of onions. If that sounds like you, soak the onion in ice water for about 10 minutes before using it. It will help cut down on some of its sharpest edges.
  • Add cheese. Shredded cheese will really dial up the flavor. Grate it yourself and be sure to do so in thicker strips. Ultra-fine cheese kind of gets lost among the other ingredients.
  • Chill before serving. While you can serve this dish right away, it tastes best cold after the flavors have melded. Try to make it at least 4 hours ahead of time so it has time to chill.
  • Make it lighter. This salad is full of stuff that’s good for you. The cheese and dressing, though, are less nutritious. Make them slightly healthier by using olive oil mayo for the dressing and light cheese. You can also dial back the sugar a little or leave out the cheese entirely.

How to Store

If you have leftovers, don’t toss them out!

To store. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Or transfer the leftovers to an airtight container. Refrigerate them for 2 to 3 days.

Broccoli Salad



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This creamy broccoli salad is one of my go-to dishes for a healthy dinner! With easy tips and tricks, this will be the best broccoli salad you’ve ever had.


  • 5 cups fresh chopped broccoli

  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

  • 1 cup golden raisins

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar (or plain white vinegar)

  • 1 red onion, chopped

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds or nuts


  • Fry some bacon strips over medium-high heat until brown. Chop into small bits, eat a few pieces, and set the rest aside.
  • Chop the broccoli such that only the florets remain. Chop the florets further into bite-size. You can also use pre-chopped broccoli, although this costs more.
  • Toss the broccoli, bacon, seeds/nuts, raisins, and onions in a bowl.
  • To make the dressing, combine mayo, sugar, and vinegar.
  • Pour it over the broccoli salad and toss.
  • Either refrigerate it or serve right away!


  • Add 1/2 cup shredded carrot or shredded cheese for a fun twist.
Creamy Broccoli Salad

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

2 thoughts on “Easy Broccoli Salad Recipe”

  1. You need to edit this recipe.
    The 2 lines “white wine” and “vinegar” are clearly meant to be one line.
    You mention cheese in the “tips and tricks” section, but nowhere else.

    • Hi Sheila! Thanks for catching that. I’ve fixed the vinegar line and added a note about adding cheese in box under the recipe. Thanks again!


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