Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad is one of my all-time favorite side dishes! I choose it often (if offered) at salad bars, but love to make it at home, too!  Guess what? You can have this delicious crunchy salad made (and in the refrigerator) in a flash; it’s an EASY make ahead side dish for BBQ’s or potlucks!Broccoli Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks! It's EASY to make this delicious, cold and crunchy broccoli salad side dish for family meals, BBQ's or potlucks!
I received this recipe close to 37 years ago from an older woman named Fern in the church we attended. She brought this salad to a church potluck – I loved it, and asked her for the recipe. She kindly gave it to me, and the rest is HISTORY. Nothing dramatic, just my true story.

This salad is SO EASY to make… it features raw fresh broccoli (chopped), raisins, crispy bacon, red onion, sunflower seeds in a creamy dressing. Here’s the “cast of characters”:

Broccoli Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The creamy dressing is mixed together, and added to the salad. Salad is then stirred to combine all ingredients, covered with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator.

The salad is at it’s very best if chilled overnight (the flavors really come together this way), but if you’re short on time, make it up in the morning and let it refrigerate at least 4-6 hours for great flavor!

Broccoli Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once the broccoli salad has had plenty of chilling time, serve it up! It’s always a BIG HIT, and TASTES SO GOOD! The crunch of the sunflower seeds and broccoli, the slight sweetness of the raisins, and saltiness of the cooked bacon pieces… combine for a PERFECT COMBO!

Broccoli Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

It’s so easy to make this classic salad in the comfort of your own home! I think you will also be surprised at how fast this salad disappears at a potluck or BBQ! The flavors are at their very BEST if made the day before you wish to serve it!  Sure hope you’ll consider making this yummy side dish!  It’s simple, easy to make, delicious… and I’m pretty sure you’re gonna LOVE it!

Have a fantastic day! God Bless You-

Broccoli Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: Fern Bain

Broccoli Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
This delicious Broccoli Salad is easy to prepare ahead of time! Perfect for a BBQ or potluck as a simple side dish!
Category: Salad
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 354 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Salad:
  • 6 cups fresh broccoli , chopped (2 large bunches)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 small red onion , chopped
  • 5 slices crispy cooked bacon (5-6 slices), crumbled
For Dressing:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Place salad ingredients into a large serving bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour over the salad ingredients, and mix well, to combine. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours. (I think it tastes BEST if you refrigerate it overnight. The longer it chills, the flavors come together even better!
  3. Serve, and enjoy! Keep leftovers refrigerated!
Recipe Notes

Looking to cut out some of the calories? Use Light Mayonnaise and/or turkey bacon!

May substitute slivered almonds for sunflower seeds, if desired. May substitute dried cranberries for raisins, if desired. They look good if you make this salad around Christmas time!

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 295mg 12%
Potassium 397mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 2g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 8.9%
Vitamin C 75.8%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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