Broccoli Salad

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Broccoli Salad is a quick summer salad chock full of fresh crisp broccoli, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits. It’s all tossed in a creamy homemade dressing.

Since it’s best made ahead of time (and everyone raves over this recipe), it is the perfect potluck dish, great for any gathering or bbq.

Broccoli Salad in a clear bowl

Summertime Favorite

My family absolutely LOVES  vegetables so I always serve fresh salads and this Broccoli Salad is one of our favorites!

  • It’s so incredibly easy to make
  • Since it’s best made ahead of time, it’s perfect for potlucks and barbecues
  • It is always a smash hit and I never end up with leftovers!

Broccoli Salad can be made in advance and kept in the fridge (at least an hour but up to 24 hours) 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 to this dish. Zucchini, cauliflower, celery, or peppers can make great additions!

Ingredients for Broccoli Salad in a clear bowl

How to Make Broccoli Salad

This is probably one of the easiest summer salads you will throw together, which is why it has become a favorite (plus it tastes great)! I prefer a creamy broccoli salad dressing rather than using a vinaigrette style dressing.

  1. Wash: Wash and cut the broccoli into bite-sized pieces and drain well.
  2. Whisk: Whisk together the dressing ingredients per the recipe below!
  3. Toss: Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and toss with dressing.
  4. Chill: Refrigerate this broccoli salad for about an hour. This gives the broccoli a chance to soak in some of the dressing, resulting in an even more flavorful salad!

For the Best Salad be sure the broccoli is dried well so it doesn’t water down the dressing.

Broccoli Salad in a bowl with wooden spoons


This salad is great to serve alongside any grilled foods from Honey Mustard Chicken or BBQ Chicken to tender ribs! Add some Corn on the Cob for the perfect summer meal!

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Review Recipe

Broccoli Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
A fresh crisp broccoli salad tossed in a simple homemade dressing!


  • 8 cups broccoli cut into bite-sized pieces
  • cup red onion diced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ 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 at least one hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

Dry broccoli very well so moisture doesn't water down the dressing.
Reserve some crisp bacon for garnish if desired and add just before serving.
Store-bought coleslaw dressing can replace the homemade dressing if desired.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup, 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

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Broccoli Salad, easy broccoli salad recipe, how to make broccoli salad
Course Salad
Cuisine American
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  1. It was fast and delicious as promised. I didn’t have sun flower seeds so I substituted with pine nuts.5 stars