Broccoli Salad

Healthy Broccoli Salad

This 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.

This 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.

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 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!

easy broccoli salad

Dressing For Broccoli Salad

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 without mayo by substituting the mayo with sour cream.

broccoli bacon salad

Can Broccoli Salad Be Made the Day Before?

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

broccoli salad recipe

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

How Do You Make Broccoli Salad?

5 from 5 votes
Healthy Broccoli Salad
Broccoli Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 365 kcal
  • 8 cups broccoli florets chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 16 oz bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup craisins
  • 1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
Creamy Dressing
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp sugar (honey, or sweetener of choice)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Place broccoli pieces in a large bowl. Add chopped red onion, crumbled bacon, craisins, and sunflower seeds

  2. In a small bowl, mix mayo, red wine vinegar, and sugar (or sweetener). Season with salt and freshly ground pepper and stir well. 

  3. Add creamy dressing to broccoli salad and toss gently. 

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 389mg 16%
Potassium 306mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 8.1%
Vitamin C 65.7%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 5.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

broccoli salad with bacon


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!