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Bacon Broccoli Salad Recipe (Simple & Yummy!)

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 Today, I’m sharing a super simple and delicious side dish perfect for any gathering, holiday event, or even the regular weeknight dinner! This bacon broccoli salad is a family favorite recipe from my mother in law and it is always the first side dish to disappear at any family BBQ.

Bacon Broccoli Salad

1 large head of broccoli, chopped
6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
1 cup real mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
5 green onions chopped (optional and not shown because I forgot them – woops!)

How to make Broccoli Salad

Directions:

Cook your bacon and chop it up. Also chop the broccoli. For the dressing, dissolve sugar and vinegar, then stir in mayonnaise.  In a large bowl mix broccoli, bacon, sunflower seeds, raisins, cheddar cheese, and onions. Pour dressing over salad and mix well. Let chill an hour before serving, and enjoy!

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We love this salad because it’s simple to make, has a great flavor, and always comes out delicious. And, it’s a perfect way to use the big 3 lb. bag of fresh broccoli found at Costco and typically priced around $5. You can even make this salad a day ahead as it keeps well – just consider keeping the dressing separate and putting it on about an hour before serving.

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 51

  1. Kris

    My grandmother used to make this ALL the time–it’s so delicious!

  2. Jenn

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. We have been watching our carb intake and this salad looks delicious. Will definitely be making it this week.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome! It’s a good one 🙂

      • Jenn

        Ok I made this for dinner tonight. It was a huge hit, even with my 11 year old. Thanks again.

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          Hooray! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Ashley

    which my husband ate anything green

  4. Melissa-Ann

    I’ve been craving this salad lately. Thanks for the post!

  5. Lucy

    This looks amazing! Do you think it would be good without the bacon. Crazy vegetarian family over here! 😉

    • Em

      We make the vegan version 😉 no bacon or cheese, vegan mayo.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! Maybe red bell pepper for some color?

    • ryan

      i was just thinking since we are vegetarian too…i would either replace the bacon with cherry tomatos or black beans…but red bell peper would be awesome too

  6. Darcy

    Ohhh wow, this looks AMAZING! And I am so hungry right now! Yum, thanks for the recipe. And so simple, too. Love it!

  7. J

    This looks really good! Thanks!

  8. Pam R

    I can’t wait to make this salad. I purchase it from different deli supermarkets and it’s always good. Thank you

  9. Kim

    I have been making this for years and everyone loves it, even the kids.

  10. Wren

    We love it with red onion and craisins, too!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yum! I bet that is good!

  11. Kerry

    My family loves this salad. My husband does not like raisins, so I cut grapes in half instead. It’s fantastic!!!

  12. Stephanie

    The cafeteria at work makes this, but adds red onions. Delicious!!!!

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    • brandice

      Why do ppl keep posting this….is there a contest going in that I missed

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  14. Jamie

    Does it work well without the sugar??

    • RT

      No!

    • Amy

      Works well with Miracle whip rather than the sugar/mayo. I’ve also used yogurt in place of the miracle whip. This is a MUST have at our holiday dinners. For the carnivores in my family, I use Hormel bacon bits cause I don’t like to cook bacon. I’m a vegetarian…haha! I make it veget. friendly by replacing the bacon with dried cranberries or cherries.

    • Fran G

      Try using Ken’s Steak House Lite Sweet Vidalia Onion salad dressing instead of mayo, sugar, vinegar and onions and even raisins. I have used it in the recipe before and it is awesome!

  15. SeeMomSave

    Made it for dinner tonight (modified to be diet friendly!) Thank you for the idea, I love this salad!!

    • Dani

      How’d you modify?

  16. Jennifer

    I do the exact same salad for the holidays except mine has cauliflower in it too. So delicious, thanks for reminding about this. Would be great for a picnic!

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    • brandice

      Why do ppl keep posting this….is there a contest going in that I missed

  18. RT

    I make this using poppy seed dressing and cashews instead of pumpkin seed. You can also add a chopped apple!

  19. brandice

    How does it.taste if we leave the sugar out….. that seems like quite a bit for this recipe

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Try decreasing it first to taste, but would be vinegary.

  20. Bonnie

    This is good if you add some cauliflower with the broccoli.

  21. Retta

    For recipes that call for chopped bacon, I find cutting it before cooking gives the best results. The pieces crisp more evenly.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Good idea!

  22. K

    Thanks for the recipe! I made it tonight but had to adapt it to what I had. Didn’t have raisins or sunflower seeds. Chopped up some salt and vinegar almonds to add instead. It was delicious!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Nice!

  23. Jennifer A

    Love this salad and it’s a great base recipe for so many variations! I once made a “healthier” version of this by replacing half of the mayo with plain Greek yogurt, Turkey bacon instead of regular, and walnuts in place of sunflower seeds. Turned out delicious! I also am not a fan of raisins, so I almost always use halved grapes as a replacement. 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sounds great! Will have to try the Greek yogurt!

  24. J

    I just made this for dinner tonight and of course had to taste test;)….YUM! My kids liked it too so I think it’s a keeper! Thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Excellent! You’re welcome!

  25. Liz

    Thanks for sharing ! Looks awesome .

  26. Tracy

    If I use the Costco size bag of broccoli, how much sugar, mayo, vinegar, cheese, raisins would I use?

  27. Liz Ob

    This is my mother in laws recipe that I took over. Lol!everyone loves it!

  28. Barb

    I add cauliflower, nuts and red grapes.

  29. Sally

    There are different variations of this salad. For the dressing I use 1 cup mayo or Miracle Whip, 3 Tablespoons of sugar & 2 Tablespoons of seasoned rice vinegar. I might end up with left over dressing depending on how much the salad needs. I often make the salad ahead of time and add the dressing right before serving. Other than the dressing this is one of those item that I really don’t use a recipe for anymore. I just throw items into the bowl.
    No cheese in my salad. Sometimes use golden raisins. Soak them in water for a short time to plumb them up.
    Red onions, bacon, and right before serving slivered almonds. Funny I ran across this recipe today. I have leftovers in my lunch today.

  30. Vicki

    OK silly question. I have a similar recipe and have always cooked the broccoli for it. Looks like this recipe is leaving it raw? Is that correct? Thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh interesting! I’ve never tried it cooked. My family has always used raw but maybe that’s personal preference? 😀 You could blanch it first if preferred. – Thanks Vicki!

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