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    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.

    Healthy Broccoli 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!

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    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.

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    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.

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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

    How Do You Make Broccoli Salad?

    5 from 6 votes
    Healthy Broccoli Salad
    Broccoli Salad
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins

    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!

    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Easy, Gluten Free, Healthy, Paleo, Quick, Whole30
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 365 kcal
    Author: Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy
    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. 

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    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!
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    You have a slight issue with your nutritional information on this recipe ..!
    4387 calories per serving?

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Lol, thanks for catching that, Megan! It didn’t calculate properly because I forgot to enter the serving size. It’s all fixed now. 🙂

    My mom used to make something like this for summer picnics! She used raisins instead of craisins but same concept! She called it California Broccoli Salad.

    Yum such a lovely sounding salad! I never make broccoli salad so will have to try your version, very healthy and must be filling too.

    Wow this salad looks delicious! I love how easy it is to make!

    Broccoli salad is always one of my favorites. Yours looks absolutely scrumptious!

    This looks delicious! Totally nerdy blogging question, do the headings in your post help with SEO?

    Love me a broccoli salad!


    This sounds so yummy!

    Wondering instead of bacon could I use salmon as I am a vegetarian? I would love to try the salad.


    Is this a whole30 recipe? I cannot eat dairy while on whole 30.

      Hi Kerry, there is no dairy in the recipe. You will have to omit the sweetener to make it Whole30 compliant. For mayo, I use the one from Primal Kitchen – you can find my affiliate link when you click each ingredient in the recipe card.

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