Crunchy Broccoli and Bacon Salad

I have never enjoyed eating raw vegetables, especially broccoli. However, broccoli and bacon salad changed my mind. I have seen many variations of this salad that include different kinds of cheese, apples, grapes, or raisins, but I decided to stick with the basics and let the dressing add the sweetness. I love making this recipe for a large crowd since it’s so deliciously addicting.

The Cooked Ingredients

Preheat the oven to 350 and put on a cookie sheet:

3/4 c. sunflower seeds, raw and hulled

Toast the seeds at 350 for 15 minutes, stirring once at the halfway mark. Set them aside.

Chop small, fry until crisp, and drain:

6 oz. bacon (yielding about 10 T. bacon pieces)

The Broccoli Salad

Put into a bowl:

1 1/2 lbs. broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces

1/4 c. red onion, diced small

1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

Also add to the bowl:

the toasted sunflower seeds

the cooked bacon

The Dressing

Whisk together in a separate bowl and stir to combine with the rest of the ingredients:

3/4 c. mayo

1/4 c. sugar

1 T. balsamic vinegar

Enjoy broccoli and bacon salad as a side to almost anything. Or, take it to a party!

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Crunchy Broccoli and Bacon Salad

I love making this recipe for a large crowd since itโ€™s so deliciously addicting.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds raw, hulled
  • 6 ounces bacon 1/2 package
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup red onion minced
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar


  • Preheat the oven to 350 and put the sunflower seeds on a baking sheet. Toast for 10-15 minutes, shaking halfway through.
    3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • Chop the bacon and cook until it's crisp. Drain.
    6 ounces bacon
  • Add the veggies and cheese a large bowl. Add the cooked bacon and toasted seeds as well.
    1 1/2 pounds broccoli, 1/4 cup red onion, 1 cup Cheddar cheese
  • Whisk the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Toss the dressing with the salad. Serve with your favorite main dishes.
    3/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Keyword bacon, broccoli
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