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Broccoli and Bacon Salad

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This easy Broccoli Salad is quick, fresh, and so delicious! It makes the perfect side dish for any BBQ or potluck – and the tangy, creamy dressing is heavenly!

Along with Potato Salad, Caprese Pasta Salad, and Asian Chicken Salad, this delicious broccoli salad is a family favorite!

a white bowl filled broccoli salad with sliced grapes and pieces of bacon

Easy Summer Salad

This easy broccoli salad is the perfect summer dish that everyone LOVES!  Fresh and crunchy broccoli tossed in a creamy homemade dressing that will knock your socks off! It’s creamy, delicious, and healthy too! This salad is definitely one of my favorite side dishes to bring to a potluck or BBQ.  Best of all, it can be ready in under 15 minutes!

I’ve seen quite a few variations to salad, and I honestly don’t think I’ve ever tried one I didn’t like! I have a friend who makes my favorite version with grapes, sunflower seeds and bacon… everything is better with bacon, right? With her permission, I am sharing this tasty salad recipe. If you’ve never tried this dish before, you are in for a delicious treat!

How To Make A Broccoli Salad

Prep The Veggies – Wash and cut a fresh head of broccoli into bite-sized pieces.  Chop the onions and slice the grapes in half and then add everything into a large bowl.

Dressing – In a separate small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar together until combined.  Then pour the dressing over the other ingredients and toss to coat.

Refrigerate – Allow the broccoli salad to cool in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Bacon – I like the ease of using precooked bacon but if you prefer to cook your bacon, just make sure it has fully cooled before adding it to the bowl right before serving.

Add Toppings – Add the bacon crumbles and sunflower seeds right before you serve the salad and then give it a good toss to mix evenly.

a close up of a bowl filled with pieces of broccoli, bacon, grapes topped with a dressing

Mix It Up

Other Fruit You Can Use – If you’re not a fan of grapes, you can substitute them for either dried cranberries or rasins.

Go Nuts – You can also swap the sunflower seeds with your favorite nut.  Some of my favorite nuts to use are either cashews or almonds but any kind will be delicious!

Get Cheezy – My husband loves all types of cheese, so sometimes I’ll add small cubes or shredded cheese depending on what I have in the fridge.

Get A Head Start

Can I Make Broccoli Salad Ahead Of Time – Yes, you can make this salad ahead of time but I wouldn’t recommend doing it more than 24 hours in advance.  Just be sure to add the bacon and nuts right before serving or they will get a little soggy.

If you prep this more than a day in advance, I would keep all of the ingredients separated until you’re ready to serve, otherwise the grapes and dressing will soften the broccoli and ruin the texture.

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a white bowl filled broccoli salad with sliced grapes and pieces of bacon
5 from 6 votes

Broccoli Salad Recipe

This easy Broccoli Salad is quick, fresh, and so delicious! It makes the perfect side dish for any BBQ or potluck - and the tangy, creamy dressing is heavenly!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 minutes or less, bbq, summer, vegetables
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 335 kcal


For the salad-

  • 1 head fresh broccoli cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 cup red grapes halved*
  • 10 slices of cooked bacon* *
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds***

For the dressing-

  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the broccoli, onion and grapes.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar and mayonnaise. Pour over broccoli mixture, and toss until well mixed.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Before serving, toss salad with crumbled bacon and sunflower seeds.

Recipe Notes

* You can substitute 1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries for grapes if that is more your thing!

** I buy the bacon that is already cooked, but you can make your own- just let it cool before you add it to this salad.

*** Use your favorite nut instead of sunflower seeds. Cashews are one of my favorite additions to this salad!

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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