Broccoli Bacon Salad Recipe

by Alice Currah on July 3, 2010. Updated July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July weekend to you!  I have a great recipe for you today.  I am a huge fan of broccoli salads and I came up with my own variation using LOTS of bacon!  I also added other elements of different textures and flavors.. savory, sweet, crunchy, chewy, and best of all – delicious!  If you’re still wondering what to bring to your holiday potluck party, this is very simple to prepare and has that nostalgic flare everyone loves.  It’s old school made new.  Enjoy!


Serves 8-10


2 heads fresh broccoli, washed and cut into bite-size flowerets

½ cup chopped red onion

½ cup dried cranberries

½ cup slivered almonds

½ cup roasted sunflower seeds

½ – 1 cup crumbled bacon (approx. 6 to 8 slices for 1/2 cup and 12-16 slices for 1 cup) * I like mine with lots of bacon!


1 cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons white vinegar

⅓ cup sugar

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

**If your local grocery store sells ingredients in a bulk bin, what I like to do is buy just what I need for 1 recipe. It’s often cheaper and you have no waste afterwords. Bulk bins are great for dried cranberries, nuts, sunflower seeds, etc. Most butcher cases also sell thick-quality bacon in bulk. Just tell them what you need!

Add broccoli, red onions, cranberries, almonds and sunflower seeds to a large bowl.  Next, make the dressing by mixing mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and pepper in a small bowl.  Pour dressing over the broccoli salad and mix thoroughly. Transfer salad to a large plate or serving bowl.  Finish the salad off by garnishing with the crumbled bacon. If you prefer a bacon free version, omit bacon and garnish with ¼ of cranberries and ¼ of slivered almonds. Enjoy!

*Good quality bacon makes the best crumbled bacon bits, ever.  Instead of frying slices, pre-cut bacon slices into small pieces and cook them all at once.

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Wenderly July 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I adore this salad, but I’ve never tried it with almonds & sunflower seeds! YUM! I am literally drooling and will be lamenting until I can make, eat & enjoy it!!


Jessica @ How Sweet July 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Love this recipe! Bacon is the only way I eat my veggies. :)


Marisa July 3, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Oh, I’m definitely putting this in the recipe box! It looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing!


alison Lewis July 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm

This salad looks amazing! I love the idea, and I can’t wait to make it this week!


Kath July 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm

This is a family favorite, and the only way my husband likes broccoli. I like the idea of dried cranberries, instead of raisins which I have used. Thanks for the idea!


Melinda July 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm

great minds must think alike! i just made this today and it was yummy!


Enlik July 4, 2010 at 3:27 am

We’ll be making it tomorrow for sure :) Thank you!!!


Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose July 4, 2010 at 7:05 am

Oh yum! I love broccoli salads. The extra bacon and cranberries really make this recipe special. Happy 4th to you and yours!


Leslie July 4, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Just printed this up. Yum! Happy 4th!


Chris P. July 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Hi, that salad sounds really good.
But one stupid question: Do i have to
cook the broccoli?


alice July 4, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Hi Chris,
No.. do not cook the broccoli. It is intended to be raw. Similar to a cabbage slaw.


Yolanda July 4, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Alice, there’s something funny about this recipe: broccoli is not boiled! I have never tried it fresh! I wonder what it tastes like! The recipe looks really nice.

Thanks for sharing it!



Cookin' Canuck July 5, 2010 at 4:58 pm

“Lots of bacon”? I think we would be great dining partners. This looks like such a tasty take on a classic salad.


kamran siddiqi July 5, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Alice, you always wow me with every recipe post you put on your lovely site! You put two of my favorite things together to make something amazing! YUmmm!


Shaina` July 5, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I’ve had my fair share of broccoli salads, but never one with bacon. This sounds delightful. I’m going to bring it to my family picnic next Sunday to my mom, lover of all broccoli salads.


songbird July 5, 2010 at 11:28 pm

I made this today – it’s quite tasty. I changed it a bit, though; I didn’t add the slivered almonds (I didn’t have any and my daughter doesn’t like almonds), I blanched the broccoli, as my partner doesn’t like raw broccoli or anything at all like cole slaw, and I made much less sauce than the recipe called for. Also, I used more vinegar and less mayo.

Regardless of what sounds like a long list of changes, it was delightfully delicious! I’ll be making it many more times.

Thank you so much!



Brittany July 6, 2010 at 1:07 am

Yum, all my favourite ingredients, I can just tell I would love this :)


Carrie July 8, 2010 at 9:46 am

Oh wow, I think that I’d love this just plain without the dressing (not a mayo fan). So many great ingredients!


Eliana July 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm

You had me at bacon! This looks delicious.


Desiree July 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm

This was delicious! I made it as a side to pulled pork mustard bbq sandwiches.


Vivianne's Vista July 12, 2010 at 6:50 am

This has all of my favorites in it- cranberries, almonds, red onions and definitely the bacon. Except I would sub in turkey bacon and blanch the broccoli. My hubby gags at raw broccoli! Making this tonight!


Leanne September 9, 2010 at 12:42 am

My husband’s exact words…” this is the best freakin salad in the whole wide world!”. I guess that meant he really liked it. I must say it is undeniably tasty. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I will keep it in my recipe log forever and ever! : )


Rita September 15, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Hi Alice,

I couldn’t get roasted sunflower seeds, but should I bake the regular ones I have to get the same effect?


nicky October 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm

made this for a church potluck last night. it was devoured in a matter of minutes! by far the best broccoli salad recipe i have tried! thanks :)


Eugenia December 7, 2010 at 7:25 am

I’ve tried this recipe as it is. It was superp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Larissa July 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

This salad was so good!! I made it for a potluck and came home with a empty bowl. :) I think I will use a bit less pepper, but that’s just a personal preference. Thanks for the great recipe!


Carla Liles July 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I have been making my cole slaw dressing with sweet and low in the place of sugar and you can’t tell the difference.


Norma December 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I have a similar recipe that uses grapes instead of craisins and cashews instead of almonds and lots of bacon. Yum


Sue January 17, 2013 at 6:46 pm

This looks so good! And the bulk bins are my favorite. So many times when I need a recipe it’s for such a little amount of something and it’s so much cheaper buying it that way!


Qrea February 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I made this at home and is DELICIOUS!


Mrs E March 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I make this all the time! Usually with pecans and i add celery. I find it’s best to make the night before, as the raw broccoli “cooks” when sitting in the dressing overnight. I have never met a person who didn’t expect to even like it not absolutely love it. It’s addicting!


Alice Currah March 25, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Yes, everyone loves this salad!


April April 13, 2013 at 9:44 pm

We are blogger friendly!! Hope that you dont mind, but I shared this fantastic recipe!! xxxx


Jeanne July 18, 2014 at 6:19 pm

I can’t believe that I’ve never thought to cut up the bacon BEFORE frying it. The BEST idea – takes less time to cook and I didn’t burn it!


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