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The Best Broccoli Salad Recipe

The Best Broccoli Salad

This simple, classic broccoli salad is a staple side dish, perfect for a potluck or party. Start with bacon, red onion, golden raisins, sunflower seeds and cheddar cheese and end with an easy homemade dressing!
Prep Time 20 mins
Chill time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • Large bowl
  • small bowl
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife for chopping
  • Baking sheet, if cooking bacon


  • 4 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup sunflower kernels
  • ¼ cup cooked bacon, chopped or bacon pieces
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar


  • If you didn't buy bacon pieces, go ahead and cook the bacon in the oven first.
  • While the bacon is cooking, rinse the broccoli and chop it into small florets.
  • Chop red onion until you have ¼ cup.
  • Once bacon is finished cooking, pat the grease off with paper towels and chop until you have ¼ cup.
  • Combine broccoli, chopped red onion, golden raisins, sunflower kernels, chopped bacon and cheddar cheese.
  • Mix the salad dressing ingredients together with a whisk.
  • Pour salad dressing over salad mixture and stir until well combined.
  • Chill in the fridge for 2 hours before serving.
Keyword salad, side dish