Broccoli Bacon Salad

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Broccoli Bacon Salad is full of fresh ingredients like broccoli florets, red onions, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and bacon and tossed with homemade dressing.

Broccoli salad with bacon in a gray bowl.

When most people hear the word “salad,” they probably think of a big bowl of lettuce, some shredded carrots, maybe some diced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, croutons, and a drizzle of salad dressing.

That’s the kind of salad I grew up eating. Lettuce, carrots, toss in some white onions, and a healthy does of ranch dressing.

It wasn’t until I got older that I grew to love a good Caesar salad complete with crisp romaine lettuce, shaved Parmesan cheese, homemade croutons, and homemade Caesar dressing.

From there I started to branch out to shaved brussel sprouts salad, crunchy Asian salad, and this broccoli bacon salad.

This salad is full of broccoli florets, crunchy walnuts and sunflower seeds, salty bacon, red onions, and sweet dried cranberries.

Then it’s tossed in a tangy sweet mayonnaise dressing. Broccoli Bacon Salad easy to prepare, and makes a great side dish or full meal.

How to Make Broccoli Salad with Bacon:

Scroll to the recipe card below for full instructions and ingredient amounts!

  1. If you don’t have bacon cooked, go head and do that, too. Otherwise, jump right in and start making the salad.
  2. Next, begin making the salad dressing. Start with a medium bowl, and combine the mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Set the dressing in the refrigerator until you’re ready to dress the salad.
Dressing for broccoli salad in a salad.
  1. Place the broccoli florets in a large mixing bowl. Then add the walnuts, onions, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and bacon.
  2. When you’re ready to serve the salad, pour the dressing over the ingredients, and toss to combine. Make sure to stir well, because the dressing has a tendency to sink to the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Serve the broccoli bacon salad immediately, or store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
Cranberries, nuts, seeds, broccoli, onions, and dressing in a bowl.

Tips and Variations:

  • We don’t cook the broccoli for this broccoli bacon salad. However, if you’d prefer to cook it, we recommend blanching the broccoli for 1 to 2 minutes. This will soften the broccoli slightly, bring out a bright green color, and still leave it with some crunch, which is what you’re looking for in this dish.
  • Feel free to use fully cooked bacon or bacon bits to save on prep time.
  • Cut the broccoli florets into bite-sized pieces. This may be different depending on the person, but we aim for about 1-inch to 1 1/2-inches in diameter.
  • Try this add-ins for extra flavor and crunch:
    • Raisins
    • Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
    • Cheddar Cheese
    • Parmesan Cheese
    • Diced Ham
    • Pecans
    • White Onion
    • Cauliflower
    • Pomegranate Seeds
Broccoli in a bowl with seeds, nuts, and dressing.


Refrigeration: Store broccoli bacon salad in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Make Ahead: Toss all the ingredients together except the bacon and dressing. Save those until you’re ready to serve the salad. Otherwise, the bacon will get soft and the other ingredients will get soggy.

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Broccoli Bacon Salad

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings


Homemade Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoons ground black pepper


  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup purple onion, diced
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds


  • In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, salt and pepper. Set aside.
    1 cup mayonnaise
    ¼ cup granulated sugar
    ¼ cup white wine vinegar
    ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    ¼ teaspoons ground black pepper
  • In a separate large bowl, combine the broccoli florets, bacon, walnuts, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and onion.
    4 cups broccoli florets
    6 slices bacon
    ½ cup walnuts
    ½ cup dried cranberries
    ¼ cup purple onion
    ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • Pour the mayonnaise dressing over the broccoli salad, and stir to coat. 
  • Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of ½ cup of salad. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.05g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition Disclaimer

Kim and John Vargo of Berly’s Kitchen and its affiliates are not dieticians or nutritionists. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If preferred, use your favorite online nutrition calculator to double check the amounts. Calories and other nutritional values can vary based on brand and serving size.

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  1. Wow! That is one gorgeous salad. Everything in it sounds so good. Nothing like a good salad for dinner on a hot summer day.

  2. A broccoli bacon salad is always a hit at barbecues and this is solid recipe for making everyone happy. Thanks for the tip about cutting up the bacon before cooking–so much faster.

  3. Yasss! Broccoli salad has been a favorite side dish of mine since I was little. Your version looks delicious, I will have to give it a try next time.

  4. Prep is SO important and does help in cooking and in cleanup!! This looks delish and healthy for this hot summer! Great side dish recipe!!

  5. I love the sound of bacon bits in my broccoli salad. This is perfect for the summer. The dressing sounds so refreshing. I can’t wait to try this soon.

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