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Broccoli Salad Recipe with Bacon

5 from 25 votes

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This is the best Broccoli Salad recipe! It’s sweet, creamy, and crunchy with fresh broccoli, homemade dressing, and lots of bacon!

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Here’s an amazing broccoli salad recipe that will blow your mind! What sets this one apart? Homemade dressing! All the bacon! No raisins! Or craisins! My Mom’s recipe! Did I mention, all the bacon!?

It’s one of the better fail-proof recipes I have in my custody that I am in LOVE with. So I thought I’d share it today with all of you wonderful readers. It’s easy, has a good crunch factor, has the right broccoli to bacon ratio plus that sweet dressing turns otherwise unassuming gross broccoli into magic.

Main Ingredients

  • Broccoli Florets – The main ingredient of this salad. You can buy whole broccoli crowns or buy pre-cut broccoli. Either way, the most important thing is to cut them into bite-size pieces.
  • Red Onion – This adds a nice spiciness to contrast the sweet and salty.
  • Celery – Brings an essential fresh crunch.
  • Sunflower Seeds – Little bursts of nutty flavor found in every bite.
  • BACON – Salty bacon goodness belongs in any salad recipe if you ask me. Feel free to double this part of the salad 😉
  • Raisins or Craisins – Ok, these are totally optional. BUT if you do use them, they bring a chewy sweet flavor to the whole salad.
  • Homemade Dressing – You can find this tangy-sweet dressing recipe below. It’s basically the perfect pairing for this broccoli salad.

If broccoli salad isn’t your thing, try these other tasty salads you’re sure to love: macaroni saladcucumber salad, classic coleslaw, or southwest chicken chop salad.

How to Make Broccoli Salad

Chop all the vegetables making sure to cut the broccoli into bite-size pieces. Cook bacon according to your liking and cut up into small pieces, or you could buy bacon bits.

Place all salad ingredients into a large bowl and set aside.

Broccoli Salad Ingredients in a Bowl

In a smaller bowl, measure out and mix dressing ingredients together to combine. Pour over salad and toss. Broccoli Salad Dressing
Serve or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. This broccoli salad recipe is good for up to five days stored in the fridge.
Broccoli Salad Recipe

The best part about this salad is you can chop all the veggies, store it in your fridge and add the dressing right before serving. It’s a definite crowd pleaser and is fabulous for holidays and potlucks.

Below is the printable recipe card!

Have a great day and enjoy, friends!

5 from 25 votes

Broccoli Salad

This is the best Broccoli Salad recipe because it's straight from my Mom! It's sweet, creamy and crunchy with fresh broccoli, homemade dressing and lots of bacon!
servings 8 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins


  • 8 cups fresh broccoli florets bite size
  • 1/2 cup red onion finely diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1/2 cup raisins** or craisins

For the dressing:


  • Chop all the vegetables making sure to cut the broccoli into bite-size pieces. Cook bacon according to your liking and cut up into small pieces, or you could buy bacon bits.
  • Place all salad ingredients into a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a smaller bowl, mix dressing ingredients together to combine. Pour over salad and toss. Serve or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.



*Recipe made according to my liking, but you are free to change and modify to meet your wants!
**I don't add these to my salad because I think they should be illegal in broccoli salads, but I know a lot of people do like them added in, so feel free to add it in.


Calories: 512kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 548mg | Potassium: 526mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 625IU | Vitamin C: 82.7mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli salad, broccoli salad recipe, broccoli salad with bacon, summer salad

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64 Responses
  1. Karen @ On the Banks of Salt Creek

    I happen to LOVE broccoli and broccoli salad is delightful. When we lived in the city and would have dinners at Sweet Tomatoes (boys favorite spot….so many choices) I always put a couple of scoops of their broccoli salad on my plate.

  2. Cindy W

    The craisins are really good in it. I agree on the raisins though. I use red wine vinegar in mine. I’ll have to try adding celery next time.

    1. PJ Aringdale

      Love craisins they are delish…raisins too. I always put which ever I have on hand. It is a wonderful blend of flavors and textures for sure!

  3. PJ Aringdale

    Just looking at the picture makes me hungry for some. Thanks for posting such beautiful pictures. We love broccoli salad at our house too. I use sliced almonds in mine, not sunflower seeds and yes love the raisins. I don’t care for celery much so I would omit that.

  4. Annie S

    5 stars
    One of my family’s all time favorites! Your broccoli salad is pretty identical to mine, with a couple small changes I’ve made over the years…
    rather than raisins, I use fresh organic grapes, halved if they are large , and I frequently use walnuts or pecans rather than sunflower seeds as both are very tasty in it. I use about half that amount of dressing, made with a blend of mayo and unsweetened yogurt.
    Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Kathy Evans

      I like Annie’s idea – half mayo half yoghurt. I think most or all of the sugar could be left out. Looks like a delicious recipe.

  5. Sarah

    Craisins yes raisins not a chance. Also use red wine vinegar. Makes a big difference. And add shredded cheese. Mmmm. One of our favs

  6. Karly

    Making this for Mother’s Day! Will I ruin it by adding shredded cheddar? I kind of add shredded cheddar to everything. 😉

  7. Julio Gonzalez

    5 stars
    I use heavy cream instead of mayonnaise (find the mayo too heavy) and always use craisins! This has become a favorite at every gathering, even with those who don’t like broccoli!

  8. Elizabeth

    I am probably around your mom’s age, and this recipe has been a staple since before by now 34 year old was born. Good things last forever, I think. I find the slight differences in recipes to be interesting…like you, definitely no raisins, but sliced mushrooms have always been there.

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  10. Mare T.

    5 stars
    My Mom would make this often. My three brothers’ Dad and I loved it. Made it for my Hubby, he loved it and said, “you can make this again,,anytime”. I will.

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  12. Teresa

    5 stars
    I made this on Saturday night for our Easter dinner. I couldn’t wait to eat it and it was worth the wait. It was delicious. I did add the rasisins and some shredded carrot that I had after making your carrot cupcakes. This will be made again.

  13. Carrie Monts

    5 stars
    Oh I love broccoli salad and this one is just different enough that I HAVE to try it! All the ingredients made the shopping list!

  14. Kathryn Wolff

    5 stars
    So many varieties of this special salad! We add the onion and raisins (Craisins) to the mayo mixture and let it set up over night – plumps the raisins

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