It’s EASY to make this delicious, cold and crunchy broccoli salad side dish (w/ bacon, raisins, & sunflower seeds) for family meals, BBQ’s or potlucks!It's EASY to make this delicious, cold and crunchy broccoli salad side dish (w/ bacon, raisins, & sunflower seeds) for family meals, BBQ's or potlucks!
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!

I received this recipe close to 37 years ago from an older woman named Fern Bain. She attended the same church we were a part of, back then. Fern brought broccoli salad to a church potluck – we absolutely loved it, so I asked her for the recipe. She kindly gave it to me, and the rest is HISTORY. Nothing dramatic, just my true story of how I got the recipe. I’ve made broccoli salad using this recipe ever since!

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What Is IN This Broccoli Salad?

This broccoli 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”:

Ingredients for broccoli salad in large white mixing bowl.

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

Broccoli Salad Tastes Best When Made Ahead Of Time

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 is topped with a creamy homemade dressing, then mixed together.

Who Wants Some Broccoli Salad?

Once the broccoli salad has had plenty of chilling time, serve it up! It’s always a BIG HIT, and TASTES SO GOOD!

Broccoli Salad, served in a white bowl.

The crunch of the sunflower seeds and broccoli, the sweetness of raisins, and saltiness of the cooked bacon pieces add so much to the salad. A yummy combination of taste and textures is what make this broccoli salad absolutely delicious!

This classic Broccoli Salad is ready to eat!

It’s so easy to make this classic broccoli 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 in the broccoli salad are at their very BEST if you make the salad up the day before you wish to serve it!

Sure hope you’ll consider making this yummy broccoli salad 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-

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Recipe Source: Fern Bain

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Broccoli Salad
Prep Time
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Total Time
5 mins
It's EASY to make this delicious, cold and crunchy broccoli salad side dish (w/ bacon, raisins, & sunflower seeds) for family meals, BBQ's or potlucks!
Category: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli salad
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 354 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
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
  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*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 295mg13%
Potassium 397mg11%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 445IU9%
Vitamin C 62.5mg76%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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