The BEST Broccoli Salad Recipe

Every potluck needs the Best Broccoli Salad recipe on the table. With broccoli, cheddar cheese, red onion, and bacon topped with a sweet and tangy dressing, it’s the perfect easy summer side dish!

Every potluck needs this Broccoli Salad on the table. It's the perfect summer side dish!

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Ummm, hello?? Where did our summer go? Is it me or does the summer seem to go faster as you get older?

It seems like just yesterday we were coming home from the last day of school and packing our bags for Hawaii. But no. That was not yesterday. That was May.

And wasn’t it just days ago I saw my son moments before leaving for boot camp? Nope. It’s been 3 weeks already (and man do I miss that kid!).

But, here we are in August already. Buying school supplies, getting sports physicals done, and going to school orientations.

This is also the year that my youngest is now in Junior High School. My baby. She is now going to a school filled with teenagers and hormones. #helpme

The only way to get through this realization that school starts in a couple weeks and my kids are hormone-raging humans…is to live in denial.

At least for a little bit…right?

So, let’s embrace the last few weeks of summer vacation and eat bowls of my favorite easy broccoli salad!

Every potluck needs this Broccoli Salad on the table. It's the perfect summer side dish!


I remember the first time I ever had this salad. It was at a Christmas party years ago with my family, and my aunt served this Broccoli Salad (Hi Aunt Debbie!!). I had never had anything like it, and I ate seconds.

Then thirds.

Then begged for the recipe.

Truth be told I’ve only made Aunt Debbie’s Broccoli Salad recipe a handful of times in the past ten or so years. And every time it’s been devoured at family potlucks and BBQs.

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, or whether you’re serving it at a casual cookout with friends or as a side at Thanksgiving, everyone always loves this easy Broccoli Salad.

I think this Broccoli Salad recipe is always a hit because it’s a great combination of flavors and textures. Broccoli, tangy red onion, cheddar cheese, sweet raisins, crunchy sunflower seeds…and bacon. Who can say no to bacon?


The thing that really ties together all the ingredients in this Broccoli Salad recipe, though, is the sweet and tangy dressing.

Broccoli Salad dressing is made with just three ingredients: mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and sugar. Don’t this easy dressing fool you, though – it is the perfect sweet and tangy combo to bring everything in Broccoli Salad together.

I prefer to make Broccoli Salad the night before. I think it gives the dressing time to “soften” the broccoli.

However, the recipe as given to me, says to pour the dressing on the salad right before serving. You decide how you want to serve this…as everyone has different taste buds! Either way, it’s going to be delicious.

Every potluck needs this Broccoli Salad on the table. It's the perfect summer side dish!

Looking for a potluck recipe? Here are some of our family hits!


 Shrimp Pasta Salad with a homemade Italian Dressing. Easy, healthy, delicious!


 Roasted Corn Salad: a wonderful summer side dish with a honey lime dressing.


Strawberry Pecan Salad: a copycat version of your favorite Panera recipe!

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Broccoli Salad recipe:



Yield: serves 8

Broccoli Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes

Every potluck needs the Best Broccoli Salad recipe on the table. With broccoli, cheddar cheese, red onion, and bacon topped with a sweet and tangy dressing, it’s the perfect easy summer side dish!


  • 1 lb broccoli florets, cut bite size
  • 1/3 cup red onion, cut in strips
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds (no shells)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


  1. In a pot of boiling water, drop broccoli and cook for about 1 minute. Remove immediately and rinse with cold water. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Add onion, cheese, bacon, raisins, and sunflower seeds to broccoli.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, vinegar and sugar. Pour over salad right before serving.
  4. I prefer to pour it over the salad and allow the salad to "soften" for about 4 hours. You decide.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 483Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 1086mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 14gProtein: 16g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Every potluck needs this Broccoli Salad on the table. It's the perfect summer side dish!

Today’s recipe for Broccoli Salad was originally published on Shugary Sweets on August 5, 2015 and has been republished in July 2018.

The BEST Broccol Salad recipe is packed with broccoli, cheese, onions, and more! Perfect potluck recipe.


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Posted on July 30, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. Love the sauce. I use the sauce recipe but for my salad I use broccoli cheese onion bacon and noodles. It’s a big hit. Thanks for recipe

  2. How many servings does the Broccoli Salad make? I can’ t find that number anywhere and I plan to make this as a side dish for a bridal shower!  Help! Lol

  3. Wow awesome recipe, just tried this one last nigh for the family and they loved it. The only thing I skipped was the sugar but it still turned out great!!

  4. My son loves this dish and is strange because he dosen`t eat broccoli when I put them next to a stake 🙂 Thank you for sharing this amazing and healthy dish.

  5. That’s a great way to include broccoli into our meals – it turns out its both healthy and delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I make this with dried cranberries.  I’m going to try it with cheese and bacon for a switch up.  Also I use any kind of onion I have.  Green, yellow, Vidalia, whatever…  I do love red too!  I too like it to sit for a few hours before serving.  My husband loves this and is always a hit at family dinners or potlucks.  Yum!  

  7. This recipe was great!! I trimmed back on some of the mayo and sugar, no cheese. Added half a bag of the cranberries w/ glazed walnuts. I had to threaten my sons life that if I woke up in the morning and none was left he was dead meat!! LMAO!!!

  8. Unfortunately cannot use sugar in the dressing (diabetic). Any suggestions for a good alternate dressing? Just omit or cut back the sugar? 

    1. Sugar isn’t really the enemy for diabetics, carbs are. Moderation is always key. As far as the recipe just swap honey for the sugar, or even your favorite sugar substitute. Hope this helps.

  9. I could eat the entire bowl myself. Not kidding, brock salad is my #1 fave salad, EVER!. Like…if I see it at a party or event, that’s all I need 🙂 I challenge you to a broccoli salad eating contest the next time I see you. Yours looks fab!!

  10. This sound amazing, I love broccoli and red onion, what do you think Aimee if I add some white or red garlic to this recipe?

  11. I know, seriously where has the summer gone? We have 3 weeks until school starts and I am so not ready, but I am. Does that make sense. I’ve never actually made a broccoli salad before, but that because I didn’t like broccoli before. Now I love it, so I’m thinking I need to make this asap! Pinned! 

  12. I love broccoli salad and am always look for a good recipe! And yes, I do think the days go faster as we get older. I can’t believe summer vacation is almost over!

  13. lol @ #helpme  This post made me giggle Aimee… and then it made me hungry.  Yum.  I love summer salads and I always am looking for an awesome broccoli salad.  Thanks for the recipe!! Oh, and thanks for sharing my cucumber tomato salad!! xxoo

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