Broccoli Salad

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Broccoli Salad is a quick summer salad recipe that everyone always LOVES!  Fresh and colorful broccoli, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits are tossed in a creamy homemade dressing.

This is the perfect potluck dish; great to serve along side Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken with some fresh Crock Pot Corn on the Cob! Not only is it easy to make ahead of time but everyone raves about it!

Broccoli Salad prepared in a large clear glass bowl

My family absolutely LOVES  their vegetables so I always serve fresh salads! Along with Creamy Cucumber Salad, this Broccoli Salad is one of our favorites! It’s so incredibly easy to make and my kids love it almost as much as I do!  I love making this for potlucks and barbecues, it is always a smash hit! When we fire up the grill at home to make some kabobs or perfectly grilled steaks, I always make sure I have this broccoli salad ready to go as a side dish!

Broccoli Salad can be made in advance and kept in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it, which makes it so much easier to get everything together!

If you have extra veggies you need to use up, you can easily add them into this broccoli salad. Zucchini, cauliflower, celery, peppers, or even mushrooms can make great additions!  You could easily turn this into a broccoli cauliflower salad by adding some cauliflower florets

Ingredients for Broccoli Salad laid out in a clear mixing bowl

How to Make Broccoli Salad

Broccoli salad is probably one of the easiest salads you will throw together, which is why it has become a favorite summer salad!

I prefer a creamy broccoli salad dressing rather than using a vinaigrette style dressing. 

Simply whisk together mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to make your delicious creamy dressing! 

Next, wash and cut the broccoli into bite sized pieces and drain well!

Broccoli Salad served with wooden serving spoons

Add all of your ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and toss them. Add your dressing and toss well so everything is coated! Bacon bits and sunflower seeds can clump together when you add the dressing, so make sure you toss everything together well.

Before you serve broccoli salad, refrigerate it for about an hour. This gives the broccoli a chance to soak in some of the dressing, resulting in an even more flavorful salad!

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Review Recipe

Broccoli Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Salad
Cuisine American
A fresh crisp broccoli salad tossed in a simple  homemade dressing!


  • 8 cups broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper

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  • Whisk together cider vinegar, sugar, mayonnaise, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine broccoli, onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits. Pour the prepared dressing over and mix well.
  • Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 317, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 330mg, Potassium: 365mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 585IU, Vitamin C: 81.7mg, Calcium: 50mg, Iron: 1mg
Keyword Broccoli Salad

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Broccoli Salad in a clear bowl

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Broccoli salad is the fun summer salad recipe that you didn’t know you were missing! Fresh and colorful broccoli, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits are tossed in a creamy homemade dressing to give you a dish that will be raved about by everyone one long after its gone! #spendwithpennies #summersalad #easyrecipe #simplerecipe #withcranberries #healthyrecipe #healthyrecipe #creamydressing #homemadedressing

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