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Broccoli Salad is a terrific make-ahead side dish that everyone will love.  

What is in this easy broccoli salad?

This delicious broccoli salad includes two bunches of fresh broccoli, raisins or dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, carrots, purple onion, mayo, sugar or honey, and bacon.


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Your mouth will do a Happy Dance with the crunch, sweetness, and saltiness from the bacon in this Salad.  It is so YUMMY!   I use mayonnaise and honey for the dressing.  I enjoy this combination with the sweetness of the Craisins, the red onion, the salty, crunchy bacon and sunflower seeds with the broccoli.  Who wouldn’t eat their broccoli in this salad?  I could eat this broccoli salad all the time.  If you have family members who do not like broccoli, have them try this salad.


Since this Salad includes a slightly sweet dressing, they may like this broccoli.  The dressing is a simple combination of Mayonaise and sugar.  For a healthier dressing, use honey, but you may want to increase it to four tablespoons.

If you enjoy broccoli, you may enjoy my Broccoli Rice & Cheese Casserole too.

My Broccoli Salad is featured on Recipe Magic.

To make this salad, you simply chop everything and toss it together with the dressing.

  • This dressing is simple but incredibly delicious.  It includes mayonnaise and honey or mayonnaise and sugar and set aside.  If you use honey, add four tablespoons.
  • Fresh bacon is fantastic in this salad.  Cook your bacon in the oven while chopping the vegetables.  See my blog for Oven-Fried Bacon. The easiest way to cook bacon.
  • Chop the broccoli and onions.  Grate the carrots.
  • Next, you add the sunflower seeds and the Craisins to the broccoli, carrots, and onion.
  • You finish this broccoli salad by tossing all ingredients well with the prepared dressing.


Save the broccoli stems to make cole slaw.  Simply place the broccoli stems in a food processor or grater until you reach slaw consistency.

See more of my Southern Comfort Food here.  50 CLASSIC SOUTHERN COMFORT FOOD RECIPES

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Thank you for stopping by Recipes For Our Daily Bread to see this COLORFUL BACON BROCCOLI SALAD? What is in this easy broccoli salad? This delicious broccoli salad includes two bunches of fresh broccoli, raisins or dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, carrots, purple onion, mayo, sugar or honey, and bacon. 
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli, broccoli salad, Easter recipes, Easter Side Dishes, side dishes, Thanksgiving side dish, Thanksgiving Sides
Servings: 10
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Diane @Recipes for our Daily Bread


  • 2 bunches of fresh broccoli washed and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup Craisins dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 carrots shredded
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup purple onion diced small
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2 TB sugar
  • 8 slices bacon cooked hard and crumbled


  • Chop the broccoli into very small pieces.
  • Cook the bacon hard and crumble it up.
  • Dice the purple onion finely.
  • Combine the sugar and mayo for the dressing.
  • Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate. Use within 2 days.


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.7mg

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  1. I’ve been trying to find the measurements for the ingredients for the last hour. I’ve registered for the email under my other email address and still cannot find the actual measurements. HELP! Your site looks delish, but I can’t seem to navigate on mobile or laptop around the all the links and ads.

    Looking forward to your reply!

    • Kerry,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment about my Broccoli Salad recipe. I am so thankful that you took the time to let me know about the recipe not showing up. I have no idea what happened but you were right. It was missing. I fixed the problem. Here is a direct link:

      My family truly loves this broccoli salad. I hope you get a chance to fix it. Let me know what you think.
      Many blessings,
      Diane Roark

        • Judy,

          Thank you for stopping by Recipes for our Daily Bread and leaving me a comment. I had some work done on my blog this year and lost some of my recipes. When I added it back I could not remember if I had used sugar or honey. You are right! I have used both sugar and honey in this broccoli salad. I must have blogged about the honey version. Both sugar OR honey work well.

          If you ever need anything while on my blog, please do not hesitate to ask.


          Many Blessings,
          Diane Roark

  2. This recipe looks delicious. I am always looking for different ways to prepare broccoli aside from the standard pan saute or blanching. Aside from the antioxidants that you get from the broccoli, the sunflower seeds are a nice addition for selenium! Saving this for later 🙂

  3. Such a crowd-pleaser! We make this salad every time we are hosting a bar-b-que. It can be made well in advance and unlike a green salad, you will never have to worry about it wilting.

  4. Just pulled this recipe off to make for Easter dinner. My father adores Broccoli Salad but have never been able to duplicate the one he loves. This looks pretty darn close to it so…here we go! Wish me luck and may God grace me with his blessings as well as you and your family!!

    • Stacey,

      You made my day! I am so thrilled you found my broccoli salad. I truly hope you father loves it. Please let me know what he thinks.

      Have a wonderful Eater!
      Many blessings and thanks for supporting Recipes for our Daily Bread
      Diane Roark

    • Vicki,

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment. I am excited you are going to try this Broccoli Salad. We truly love it. Be sure to cute the Broccoli up into small pieces. I chop my broccoli up super small. Young kids, special needs kids, or elder people often chock on raw broccoli. Let me know what everyone thought of your Broccoli Salad.

      Have a Wonderful Easter!
      Many Blessings,
      Diane Roark

  5. 4 stars
    I have decided that I’d like to try. Excited to give these very tasty sounding juices a try! would you tell me in which time i can drink it to keep good my health and also tell me its making steps?

    • Christen,

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment about my Broccoli Salad. You addition of the Cauliflower sounds like it truly would make this salad extremely colorful and perfect for a holiday table.

      Thank you for supporting

      Diane Roark

  6. 4 stars
    My mouth is doing the crazy dance after see picture only, really amazing salad and must say salad are always very healthy. Good to find it here. One of the good salad recipe ^^

    • Janice,

      This Broccoli Salad is truly the best broccoli salad I have ever had. The dressing is super simple but delicious. You can cut back a little on the sugar or use a sugar substitute. I have been wanting to try this salad with honey instead of sugar. Maybe soon.
      Thank you again for stopping by.
      Diane Roark

  7. 5 stars
    That looks awesomely delicious! Can’t wait to go out and buy the ingredients to try this….my toddler and I both LOVE broccoli salad. She wont even eat broccoli any other way!

  8. 5 stars
    I too love broccoli salad and most guests do too. Many have not had it, but even children like it because of the sweetness. I used chopped dates instead of cranraisins and that is also a sweet and different addition that most people like. I like the idea of adding carrots, honey instead of sugar and some lemon juice…..something my recipe did not do. Sharing ideas is wonderful! Thanks!

    • Robin,

      I cannot believe I have not caught that before now. I must have looked at the picture quickly when I was typing and thought the carrots were cheese. I normally put cheese in everything, but this Broccoli Salad with Bacon does NOT have cheese.
      Thank you so much for stopping by. I truly appreciate your support.

      Diane Roark

        • Robin,

          I hate I did not check my messages last night. Yes, you can make this Broccoli Salad a head of time. It is really still great the next day or two.
          Blessings and have a wonderful Easter,
          Diane Roark

  9. I love it! Your salad looks and sounds so yummy…. {great pics!!} I like how you added carrots. I would have never thought of it….. Pinning!! Happy Easter to you and yours…. 🙂
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

    • Crystelle,

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog and leave me a comment. I am making the broccoli salad this weekend. It is one of our favorites.

      Have a great Easter!
      Diane Roark

  10. Love the sound of this salad! It ‘s similar to one I like to get at Offerdahl’s but the addition of broccoli is brilliant. This would be good with a balsamic vinaigrette as well. Thanks for sharing on Wonderful Wednesday.

    • Linda,

      What is Offerdahl’s? Is that a restaurant? Thanks for stopping by and commenting on this salad. This Broccoli salad is one of my family’s favorite salads.I love the idea of using Balsamic Vinaigrette. I have a couple other salads using a Balsamic Vinaigrette and they are delicious. I may have to try it.
      Diane Roark


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