Broccoli Salad ~ Simple & Delicious {w/Recipe}

This recipe for Broccoli Salad has been floating around since long before Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and probably even the Internet itself!  I have several variations scribbled on bits of paper and tucked into “old-school” recipe boxes and books.

There is a very good reason for the longevity of Broccoli Salad. It is simple to make, delicious can be made ahead of time (bonus!) and is easily customizable to suit your own family’s likes and needs. Set your imagination free and switch up the ingredients to make this recipe your own:

  • I have added cauliflower florets (it was very good!)
  • Change up the cheese, I just add whatever cheese I happen to have on hand, pretty well any cheese would work (just crumble or tear into small pieces if using a soft cheese)
  • You don’t need to stick to the options I have listed, you  could use any type of fruit (dried or fresh), seed or nut.

This is my most recent version, but as I said above, you can easily change it up and make it your own!

Broccoli Salad

5.0 from 12 reviews
Broccoli Salad
Recipe type: Salad
  • 5 cups broccoli florets,uncooked
  • ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds*
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup old cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Hellman's Light Mayonnaise
  • 4 Tbsp. white sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. white wine vinegar (You may also use regular white vinegar)
  • In place of or in addition to the sunflower seeds you may use any of the following:
  • raisins, dried cranberries, (delicious!), chopped dried apricots, banana chips, or most any dried fruit; walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts and any other type of seed.
  1. Prepare and toss together salad ingredients.
  2. Whisk together dressing ingredients.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and mix well.
  4. Cover and refrigerate, stir occasionally to blend salad and dressing.
  5. Let stand in fridge a few hours to overnight.

This is the perfect dish for all your family barbecues or to take to a potluck dinner!  I hope you will enjoy it and if you have any questions, feel free to let me know and I will do my best to answer them.



  1. Patricia says:

    This has been a summer favorite for a very long time in our household. Like you, I have several recipes from different friends and have tried them all. (I must admit that this is one of the best…esp. as I use dried cranberries as well!)

    • I love this recipe Pat and it is definitely a “go to” favourite! It is so versatile and I love that you can customize it to suit the needs and likes of your own family!

  2. Catherine Lindley says:

    Made these to go along with the ribs. Really yummy!

  3. Donna Shank says:

    Hello from snowy Virginia!!
    Just happened on your site and made the broccoli salad last night to accompany dinner.
    Husbunny wanted seconds and said that this ranked in the “make it again” category.
    Thank you! And I’m enjoying finding another older mommy branching out, trying new adventures.

    • Hello from snowy New Brunswick! Thank you and I’m so happy to hear you and your hubby liked the broccoli salad. It’s great to meet you too Donna, we older mommys need to stick together…lol

  4. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    Love these salad! Have never thought about switching it up with different nuts/dried fruits – will have to try that this summer when I make it!

  5. This is the BEST recipe!!! Super easy, and delicious!!! :o) I will be making this again and again! Thank you!

  6. Deanna T. (@MapleLeafMommy) says:

    My aunt makes a similar recipe, which I’ve always loved. But minus the sunflower seeds, which sound like the perfect addition. Definitely trying that next time.

  7. Could you use regular white vinegar instead of the white wine vinegar?

  8. We made this last night and it was delicious, all of my kids gobbled it down (even my 5 year old!) My daughter put walnuts in hers and loved it too. Great salad, I will defiantly be making it again. Thank you!

  9. Cannot wait to make this Sunday for Easter. Can you use regular vinager instead if white wine vinager?

  10. Great recipe! Saved it in my recipes to make list!

  11. Laurette Friedrich says:

    How many people does this recipe feed?

  12. Fantastic dish! I put it together in 15mins… easy to customize for preferences. Thanks for the recipe Monica!

  13. Connie Bennett says:

    Your recipe is wonderful. It is as simple to put together as it is tasty. I parboiled 2cups of frozen cheese tortellini and added it to the salad. It makes a perfect meal. Thanks for the great recipe.

  14. Kate/Massachusetts says:

    I have had this salad made with Blue Diamond Smokehouse almonds instead of bacon. It was delicious! You chop the nuts and add them just before serving. I just love this salad…it is so good!

  15. Delicious! I added craisins and used an extra sharp cheese.

  16. Absolutely love this salad. Pomegranate seeds add a unique taste and texture so I always add them when they’re available.

  17. Cynthia says:

    This looks great.. can’t wait to try it! Any idea how many portions this would make? Should I double it for a bbq party side dish ?

    • Hi Cynthia,

      I would say this would serve about eight people as a side dish. If you are expecting a crowd you could easily double it. Good luck and enjoy your bbq party!


    • Hi Cynthia,

      This would make about eight side dish portions. If you are expecting a crowd you could easily double the recipe. Good luck and enjoy the bbq party!


  18. Well I’m the happiest Nana around, why you ask.
    Because with this salad my grandson’s eat every veggie I so choose to put in.
    As well this is know my favorite web site for recipes.

    One Happy Nana

  19. Found this version after a desperate last minute broccoli already chopped
    Search for my usual. like this one better. Have always done the variations
    Used Apple cider vinegar, I like the fruity undertone. once all I had was red
    Wine vinegar. tasted great but an odd pink dressing. Thanks for saving my
    Carry in salad

  20. Connie Tonn says:

    I LOVE Broccoli Salad! May I make a suggestion? When I make mine, I don’t use ALL broccoli. I use 1/2 broccoli and 1/2 cauliflower. It is delicious!! However, I love it so much that I would eat it no matter what!! Soooo good!!

  21. Hi there,

    Any idea how many weight watchers points are in this?


  22. Lauren nugent says:

    This is the best recipe ever!especially with the dried cranberries and sunflower seeds!

  23. Neighbors are grilling fish and I’m taking this salad. It’s delish!

    • Hi Judy, I apologize for my tardy response, I have been away on vacation. I agree, Broccoli salad is delish and a family favourite for us! Hope you had a great BBQ and fun at your neighbours.

  24. Jessie Rex says:

    Love this salad. I don’t use cheese, but do add water chestnuts and raisins. I also use half broccoli, half cauliflower. Prefer green onions to red onions.

  25. How many does this feed?


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