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Broccoli Bacon Salad in a bowl

Broccoli Bacon Salad

A classic Broccoli Bacon Salad recipe that has raisins and sunflower seeds with a sweet and tangy dressing. Makes a great side dish for any holiday or barbecue.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword best broccoli salad recipe, broccoli bacon recipe, broccoli salad with raisins and bacon
Prep Time 15 minutes
cooking bacon 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 150kcal


  • 1 1/2 - 2 heads broccoli about 4-5 cups, chopped into bite sized florets
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced, see kitchen tip in notes about onion
  • 8-10 slices bacon cooked and crumbled


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar


  • In a mixing bowl add the 1 cup mayo, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar. Whisk or stir together until completely smooth.
  • In a separate large bowl combine the cut broccoli florets, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup diced red onion, crumbled bacon and the dressing mixture.
  • Stir to combine ingredients and coat completely with the mayo dressing.
  • Let rest for 15-30 minutes before serving.



TO MAKE AHEAD: Make up to 2 days ahead. Cook the bacon, crumble, and set aside. Prepare the dressing and keep separate in the refrigerator. In your serving bowl add the broccoli, sunflower seeds, onions and raisins- cover and refrigerate. About 30 minutes before serve time add the bacon and the dressing to the broccoli mixture and stir to combine.
RED ONION TIP: Rinse the raw red onion slices under cool water before chopping. This will rinse away the enzyme that makes raw onion flavor stick around for too long!
Calories are estimated.


Serving: 0.5cups | Calories: 150kcal