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raw broccoli salad with bacon
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5 from 2 votes

Broccoli Salad With Bacon Recipe

This classic Broccoli Salad with Bacon is the perfect 15 minute side dish to make for potlucks, BBQs, holiday parties or dinners at home.  It’s filled with raw broccoli, bacon, onions, apples, sunflower seeds, Craisins and tossed in a creamy homemade dressing.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15 people
Calories: 362kcal
Author: The Carefree Kitchen


Dressing for Broccoli Salad

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar

Broccoli Salad

  • 6 cups Broccoli chopped into ½"-¾" pieces
  • ½ large Red Onion diced small
  • 2 medium Honeycrisp Apples diced into ½" pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • ½ cup Water cold
  • 1 lb Bacon or 1 cup bacon bits
  • ½ cup Craisins or raisins
  • cup Sunflower Seeds roasted and salted


Salad Dressing for Broccoli Salad

  • In a small bowl, combine the mayo, lemon juice, and sugar.  Whisk to combine, then set aside.

For the Raw Broccoli Salad

  • Dice the broccoli and onion as directed then transfer to a large mixing bowl. Wash and dice the apples, then soak in a small bowl with the lemon juice and cold water for a few minutes to keep the apples from browning.
  • Meanwhile, cut the bacon into ½" pieces and cook in a skillet over medium heat until slightly crispy and golden brown. Once cooked, remove from the skillet using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  • Add the bacon bits, drained apples, Craisins and sunflower seeds to the bowl with the broccoli and onion.  Pour about ⅔ of the dressing over the broccoli salad, mixing until evenly coated.  If it looks a little dry, add the rest of the dressing and mix again.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator for a few hours, or serve immediately. Enjoy!


Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 42.8mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.8mg