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This easy Broccoli Salad is a party or potluck favorite. It’s dressed in a creamy dressing and it’s made with bits of salty bacon, tangy red onion, sweet craisins, and crunchy sunflower seeds. This salad is so delicious and the dressing pairs wonderfully with the salad.

Healthy Broccoli Salad

This healthy broccoli salad is easy enough to make for a weekend dinner, yet also perfect to bring to a family gathering or party.  This recipe serves about 12-20 people depending on your appetite. I usually make it the day before and store it and the dressing separately in the fridge. This saves me a lot of time on the day when I serve it (especially if it’s a big holiday like Thanksgiving). Some of my other favorite side dishes to bring to a potluck are this Harvest Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad, Creamy Scalloped Potatoes, Cowboy Caviar, and this Roasted Butternut Squash with Bacon.

Delicious Broccoli Salad Recipe

It’s so fresh, flavorful and easy to make. The real star of the salad is the creamy sweet and tangy dressing. It is the absolute perfect finishing touch to this salad.  This healthy broccoli salad with bacon is definitely a family favorite!

You will not regret making this salad and I know that it will become a favorite at your house as well!

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Dressing For Broccoli Salad With Bacon

This broccoli salad dressing is very easy to make and made with only 3 ingredients (not counting salt, and pepper) – mayo, red wine vinegar and sugar (or sweetener of choice) to balance out the acidity of the vinegar and fatty taste of the mayo. It’s the perfect creamy salad dressing for a broccoli bacon salad. You can also make the broccoli salad recipe without mayo by substituting the mayo with sour cream.

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Can Broccoli Salad Be Made the Day Before?

Yes, the broccoli cranberry salad can be made ahead of time. You can store it in the refrigerator and just add the dressing before you serve it.

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How Long Will Broccoli Salad Last In The Fridge?

This salad will last in the fridge for about 3-4 days. I usually keep the dressing and the salad separately and mix them before I serve it – whether at home or somewhere else. If you have already added the dressing to the salad and want to store leftover salad, it can last for about 1-2 days. After 1 day though, it can get a little soggy and the dressing pools at the bottom of the bowl, and you will need to mix it well.

recipe for broccoli salad

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How To Make Broccoli Salad?

Healthy Broccoli Salad
5 from 13 votes

Broccoli Salad

This Broccoli Salad is made with bits of salty bacon, tangy red onion, sweet craisins and crunchy sunflower seeds. Perfect for potlucks and so delicious!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12

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Creamy Dressing


  • Place broccoli pieces in a large bowl. Add chopped red onion, crumbled bacon, craisins, and sunflower seeds
  • In a small bowl, mix mayo, red wine vinegar, and sugar (or sweetener). Season with salt and freshly ground pepper and stir well. 
  • Add creamy dressing to broccoli salad and toss gently. 



How long will Broccoli Salad last in the fridge?

Broccoli salad can last about 1-2 days in the fridge. If you haven't added the dressing yet, the salad can last about 3-4 days.


Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 306mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 54.2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Neli Howard

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Neli Howard and the food blogger behind Delicious Meets Healthy. I started Delicious Meets Healthy in 2014 while working in public accounting. While everything I did at work was very analytical and detail oriented, I have enjoyed cooking because I get to use my creativity and experiment with flavors and textures of different foods.

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  1. 5 stars
    This salad was very easy to make and my family loved it! I used artificial bacon bits instead of real bacon because I eat very little meat and no red meat at all. In this recipe, it worked great because it made the salad extra crunchy along with the sesame seeds. It is sweet and the rice vinegar gave it that tanginess what a great combination! I will be making this as a healthy side dish for many years (God willing) thanks so much for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this salad. I used stevia for the sugar & added cubes of cheese. So easy to make & a real crowd pleaser. I also used fresh chopped broccoli sold in a bag in produce section as well as bagged real chopped bacon to save time. Thanks for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    I add 1 tsp curry powder to my broccoli salad dressing and, instead of sunflower seeds, I add cashews or peanuts. You can use raisins instead of craisins if you don’t have on hand. I usually add my dressing to the mix about 1 hour before serving and add the nuts and bacon just before I serve. This is a wonderful recipe and very versatile.