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Broccoli Salad (+Video)

This Broccoli Salad recipe is a fresh, crunchy salad with broccoli, bacon, raisins, sunflower seeds, walnuts in a delicious, creamy dressing!


Broccoli salad is such a fresh and delicious salad. The sweet and sour style dressing that coats all the ingredients really pulls it altogether. The salad is chock full of broccoli, bacon, raisins, cheese and sunflower seeds yet manages to still taste so light! If you like my Creamy Bacon Broccoli Pasta Salad recipe then you’ll love this one!

closeup overhead photo of broccoli salad.


Can broccoli salad be made a day ahead?

Yes absolutely! Sometimes it’s best to make a day ahead because it gives time for all the flavors to really meld together. Just make sure to stir it again before serving.

Is it safe to eat broccoli raw?

Yes! It is safe to eat whether it is raw or cooked. As with all vegetables, make sure to rinse them very well before eating.

How much broccoli salad per person?

If you are trying to estimate how much broccoli salad you’ll need for your guests, the rule of thumb is about one cup per person.

What goes good with broccoli salad?

Generally I serve this with just about anything (usually a protein). I think grilled chicken, grilled ribs or pulled pork are all perfect to serve with this salad. It also pairs really well with seafood!

Where do I find broccoli florets in the grocery store?

You can purchase bags of fresh chopped broccoli florets near where the bagged lettuces are located in your grocery store. . If you can’t find the florets, just purchase a couple of bunches of broccoli and remove the thick stalks from the bottom then chop up the top parts to make florets. Do not use frozen broccoli florets.

How long does broccoli salad last in the fridge?

As long as it is stored in a covered container, broccoli salad will last in the fridge for 3-4 days. Keep in mind, the broccoli will continue to lose it’s crispness the longer it is in the refrigerator.

broccoli salad shown in a shallow white bowl on a wooden surface.


  • fresh broccoli florets – do not use frozen broccoli florets here – they will add too much moisture and will not stay crisp.
  • bacon – you can fry it up yourself or use microwave bacon or even purchase the bacon pieces.
  • raisins – dried cranberries (like Craisins) work great here too!
  • chopped walnuts – if you don’t like nuts just leave them out or you can substitute for pecans or even almonds.
  • red onion – if you think red onions have too pungent of a flavor, try soaking the slices in some ice water for about 10 minutes. It really helps!
  • sunflower kernels – you are going to look for the sunflower seeds that are already removed from the shells. You will generally find them near where the other nuts are located in your grocery store.
  • shredded cheese – I use cheddar cheese but you really could go with any cheese you enjoy here.
  • mayonnaise – I only use real mayonnaise here, not Miracle Whip. I like Dukes or Hellmans the best.
  • sugar – this might seem weird to add but this dressing is like a sweet and sour dressing and it’s not a large amount.
  • vinegar – I like apple cider vinegar but white vinegar works just fine too.
broccoli, bacon, mayonnaise, raisins, sugar, vinegar, red onions and cheese.


In a medium bowl or lidded jar, make the dressing. Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar and black pepper until thoroughly combined.

Or if using a jar, just pop the lid on and shake vigorously.

In a large bowl, add broccoli, bacon, raisins, walnuts, chopped onions, sunflower kernels and shredded cheese.

Pour dressing over salad ingredients.

Give it all a really good stir to combine.

fully combined broccoli salad in a shallow white bowl with a silver spoon inserted into the salad.


Broccoli Salad recipe.

Broccoli Salad (+Video)

This Broccoli Salad recipe is a fresh, crunchy salad with broccoli, bacon, raisins, sunflower seeds, walnuts in a delicious, creamy dressing.
5 from 21 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Broccoli Salad, Broccoli Salad, Broccoli Salad Dressing, Broccoli Salad Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 504kcal


For the dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons vinegar (white vinegar or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh black pepper

For the salad:

  • 5 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or almonds)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


  • In a separate medium bowl, make the dressing. Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar and black pepper until thoroughly combined.
  • In a large serving bowl, add chopped broccoli, bacon, raisins, walnuts, chopped onions, sunflower kernel and shredded cheese.
  • Pour dressing over salad ingredients. Give it all a really good stir to combine. Then serve or allow it to soften in the refrigerator (covered) for about an hour before serving.



  • Please refer to my FAQ’s and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions. 
  • You could use chopped green onion for a milder onion flavor if you prefer but I love the look of the red onion in this salad. It adds color and flavor.
  • This salad can be made a day ahead of time and should be kept stored in a bowl with an airtight lid in the refrigerator. Just remember to stir well again before serving.


Calories: 504kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 52.1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.5mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Originally published April 2012
Updated & Republished: January 2023

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  1. 5 stars
    This Broccoli salad is Delicious ,my family could eat this every week ,I will definitely bring this to a gathering.
    Thank You

  2. 5 stars
    This was exactly what we were looking for. My husband said it was “On point”! I used both raisins and dried cranberries.

  3. 5 stars
    Made the Best Broccoli Salad an hour ago to take to a friend’s for Labor Day. Ha! It was delicious. We’ve eaten half of it! Time to make more and hide it in the fridge. Thanks Brandie!