The Best Broccoli Salad Recipe (+Video)

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

A DELICIOUSLY FRESH SUMMER SALAD

Broccoli salad is such a fresh and delicious salad. The sweet and sour style dressing that coats all the ingredients really pulls it together. 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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

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’s ice cream 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 well 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 you find broccoli florets in the grocery store?

You can buy 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 buy 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 its crispness the longer it is in the refrigerator.

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

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • fresh broccoli florets
  • bacon
  • raisins (or dried cranberries)
  • chopped walnuts (or almonds)
  • red onion
  • sunflower kernels
  • shredded cheese (optional)
  • mayonnaise
  • sugar
  • vinegar (white or apple cider)
  • fresh black pepper
broccoli, bacon, mayonnaise, raisins, sugar, vinegar, red onions and cheese.

HOW TO MAKE BROCCOLI SALAD:

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.

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Broccoli Salad recipe.

The Best Broccoli Salad Recipe (+Video)

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

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Courses: 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

Author: Brandie @ The Country Cook

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Instructions

  • 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.

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Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 504kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 8g | Dish: 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.

Originally published April 2012
Updated & Republished: January 2023

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