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!
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.
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.
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.
How Do You Make Broccoli Salad?
- 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
- 1 cup mayo
- 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 3 Tbsp sugar (honey, or sweetener of choice)
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
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.