This is the best broccoli salad recipe! It’s an upgraded version of classic broccoli salad made with sunflower seeds, crispy bacon and golden raisins.

Looking for the perfect summer salad? It’s right here! This is my favorite broccoli salad recipe because it’s an upgraded version of classic broccoli salad!

In this easy broccoli salad recipe, I use salty bacon, sunflower seeds and juicy golden raisins to enhance the crunchy vegetables in this recipe. 

A photo of broccoli salad in a bowl

I like to make this bacon broccoli salad recipe for summer picnics. It’s a classic side dish and pairs perfectly with anything you grill! When I have leftovers, I will often eat it for lunch as my main dish. Broccoli is full of protein and fiber, and quite filling! 

For this creamy broccoli salad, I use a mayonnaise-based dressing. So, it’s quite important to use a high-quality mayonnaise. You can absolutely use light mayonnaise, but I would not recommend using Miracle Whip due to its use of less healthy oils and added sugars. 

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Recipe Substitutions:

  • Instead of white vinegar, you can use apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar. 
  • Substitute plain Greek yogurt for the mayo in the creamy dressing.
  • Instead of the crunchy sunflower seeds, used chopped pecans or slivered almonds. Walnuts would also work!
  • ​Instead of broccoli and cauliflower florets, consider using shredded broccoli slaw!
  • Instead of cooking up bacon strips, you can choose to use real bacon bits to save a bit of time. 
  • Instead of the white sugar in the dressing, try maple syrup or honey!
  • If you have leftover broccoli stem, this is actually a great way to use it up! Just dice it into bite sized pieces. 

Recipe Additions: 

I think this is the perfect salad just as it is, but there are several additions you can make to suit your personal preferences. Here are few suggestions:

  • diced green onion
  • shredded or cubed cheddar cheese
  • goat cheese
  • dried cranberries 

Serving Suggestions:

I think this broccoli cauliflower salad is the perfect side dish! It’s a wonderful side salad for any summer bbq or potluck.

Serve with grilled chicken, air fryer chicken wings, or The Best Barbecued Pork Steaks!

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Storing Leftovers:

Have leftover broccoli salad? No problem! Store leftover broccoli bacon salad in an airtight container for up to 3-5 days in the refrigerator. 

A photo of broccoli salad in a bowl

The Best Crunchy Broccoli Salad

Yield: Serves 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A delicious and healthy salad, combining broccoli, cauliflower, sunflower seeds, bacon, raisins and a sweet and tart dressing.

Switch up this recipe for autumn by substituting walnuts for the sunflower seeds, dried cranberries for the raisins and maple syrup for the sugar in the dressing!


Salad Ingredients:

  • ½ pound bacon, cooked and diced
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets, roughly chopped, raw
  • 3 cups raw cauliflower, diced, raw
  • 1 small white or red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup raisins (I prefer golden raisins, look for them in your bulk foods section)
  • ⅓ cup unsalted sunflower seeds

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar


  1. In a large bowl, combine raw broccoli, cauliflower, bacon, raisins and sunflower seeds. Toss to combine.
  2. In a smaller bowl, make the dressing. add mayonnaise, sugar and white vinegar. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Add mayonnaise dressing to broccoli mixture. Stir until well combined.
  4. Keep covered in refrigerator when not serving.


  • Please do not cook the broccoli or cauliflower! This is best when the veggies are raw.
  • If you do not like cauliflower, just use broccoli (6 cups total).

Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 391Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 32mgSodium 806mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 3gSugar 21gProtein 11g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app and may be incorrect.

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