Broccoli Salad

This is the best Broccoli Salad recipe and is always the first to go at BBQs and potlucks. This Broccoli Salad recipe is full of bacon, almonds, raisins (or craisins), and onion. 

This Broccoli Salad recipe was originally posted in March of 2013. It goes well with Baked Beans, Hawaiian Grilled Chicken, or this Corn Tomato Avocado Salad.

Broccoli Salad in a bowl


I haven’t posted lately because food and I have had a love/hate relationship.

Or in my husband’s words…a hate/hate relationship.

I’m pregnant…and finally telling. (p.s. this was originally posted in 2013…I’m not pregnant right now!)

And now that I’m 17 weeks my appetite is back with a vengeance.

And all this baby wants is egg salad and mustard covered sandwiches.

And a whole lot of this broccoli salad.

I understand that broccoli covered in nuts, bacon, and mayo kind of defeats the whole purpose of eating broccoli. But what baby wants…baby gets.Broccoli Salad in a bowl


My friend Tara brought this to a BBQ and everyone kept going back for more. I always pay attention to what’s a hit at get togethers and this was definitely one.

I’ve tried a ton of versions of this and this is by far my favorite and now I take it to every potluck or BBQ I can!

Broccoli Salad in a bowl

If you love this Broccoli Salad, you’ll love these recipes:

Crunchy Pea Salad

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5 from 2 votes
Broccoli Salad in a bowl
Broccoli Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Christy Denney
  • 8 cups of fresh broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 red onion , cut into thin bite sized slices
  • 1/2 pound bacon , cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup raisins or craisins (see Note)
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds , toasted (see Note)
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  1. Combine broccoli with the red onion, bacon (see note), raisins, almonds, and cheese in a large bowl.

  2. To prepare the dressing, mix the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar together until smooth. Stir into the salad.

  3. Let salad chill for about 3 hours. It may not seem like enough dressing but after it chills the dressing marinates and is plenty. This also allows the flavors to meld.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Recipe Notes

I like to add the bacon right before serving to keep it crispy.

You can also use halved grapes instead of raisins. Toast almonds in a skillet for 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.

To toast the almonds, just heat them over medium heat in a skillet and cook for just a couple of minutes until golden brown.

Source: my friend Tara Moore; adapted from Allrecipes

Broccoli Salad in a bowl

Speak Your Mind



  1. Congratulations on your pregnancy! This is my favorite salad/side dish but I tried one with pasta and grapes last week – definitely not as good. This one is a keeper!

  2. Congratulations!! That’s one lucky baby to be getting all your delicious food 🙂 This broccoli salad looks great!

  3. Congratulations!!!

  4. Congratulations! Great news and good to read you again. This salad looks delicious and not unhealthy to me – the veggies far outweigh the bacon bits 😉 Plus a happy baby is good for all! 🙂

  5. Congratulations!! I would tear that salad up, looks great!

  6. Congratulations! Wonderful news to share! And this salad sounds delicious. Pinned it for our next pot luck. 🙂

  7. How wonderful!!! Congratulations to you and your family! I love this salad. My husband’s aunt calls it “Funny Salad.” So good!

  8. angelitacarmelita says:

    I have to admit, that honestly I’ve never had this before, I’ve heard of it, and seen it on the web, but I’ve never actually tried it myself. I love the play between salty (hello bacon), and sweet (yeah for raisins and/or grapes!), so I think I’ll give it a try. Congratulations on the upcoming addition to your beautiful family!

  9. Congratulations!

  10. Congratulations to you! So happy for you. This salad looks delicious. My mother-in-law makes one that is very similar, and I can never get enough of it.

  11. Congratulations!

  12. So happy for you and your husband. I am glad to hear that you are feeling better that is the worst having “morning sickness” but more like all day sickness. Your broccoli salad looks yummy.

  13. congrats! i am into my third trimester and not missing the first months! hope you and baby are doing great!

  14. Congratulations! Your salad looks delicious. My mom used to make a version of this. Brings back lots of memories.

  15. Congratulations!!! That broccoli salad looks scrumptious – my mom used to make a similar salad & I will definitely have to give this a try!

    And I totally hear you on the egg salad! I’m also preggo (for the first time!) and had to stop at the store on my way home from work yesterday to pick up a package of pre-made deviled eggs … ate 3 of them in the car! what?!?!

  16. Congratulations!

  17. Congrats lady! I love this salad even when I’m not preggers 🙂

  18. Congratulations!!

    I love broccoli salads that are full of bacon and mayo. You totally don’t have to feel guilty because, hello. Broccoli.

  19. Ohh, congratulations on your pregnancy! Sending you lots of positive, happy, and joyous thoughts and wishes your way!!

  20. Haha – I totally craved this with my last pregnancy!! Congratulations – I’m so excited for you!!

  21. Pregnant?! Hurray!!! So happy for you! And this salad is a great way to come back 🙂

  22. CONGRATS!! That’s wonderful news 🙂

  23. Congratulations!!! How wonderful! 17 weeks? You’re almost to the halfway mark! So glad your appetite is back!

  24. Elizabeth Olsen says:

    Congratulations on your new baby. I am right behind you and due in September with #4. I love your blog. My sister and I follow it religiously. If it comes from you I know it will be good. I too am sick and have a hate/hate relationship with food. I hope to see relief soon. So in the mean time I am saving all these new recipes to try out later. I am so happy for you!

  25. Yay for another baby, you daring momma! I just watched your segment on KSL and you are positively adorable (and did a great job). Congratulations! I love broccoli salad, too, although ironically, I couldn’t eat it while I was pregnant.

  26. Congrats on your pregnancy!!! That salad looks amazing… you had me at bacon 😛

  27. Congratulations!! I love babies!!! This is my absolute favorite salad. I had different versions of this recipe where a cup of either cheddar or mozzarella cheese was added too. Good luck!!

  28. CONGRATULATIONS on the baby. This salad looks great, enjoy!

  29. I’ve used Balsamic vinegar with pomegranate, instead of red wine vinegar, in broccoli bacon salad and it was Really good.

  30. Congratulations!!

  31. i want your photog skills. wahoo for #5…of course baby gets what baby wants! looks delish!

  32. Congrats! Glad to hear you are getting your appetite back!

  33. What??? Congrats sweetie! You make the most beautiful kids! I swear we were just texting back and forth in the early stages of our babies #4! SO excited!

  34. Congrats! I’m 13 weeks pregnant.
    I’ve had a similar version but with uncooked ramen noodles, for another texture/crunch.

  35. congratulaions!!!! i love broccoli salad…excited to try this version.

  36. I make broccoli salad quite often. When I first started making it I made the dressing from scratch, but I I like things simple, Kraft Coleslaw dressing is prefect in broccoli salad and everyone loves the salad just as much as if I took time to make my own dressing, but little do they know I use a prepared dressing.

  37. Looks yummy but I’m currently dieting. Do you think subbing the mayo for Greek yogurt or avocado and the sugar for Truvia (it’s a better consistency/flavor than Splenda, more like real sugar) would kill the tastiness?

    Maybe there’s non-fat Kraft coleslaw dressing?

    If anyone tried, would love feedback.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I think you could use Splenda. I’ve subbed Greek Yogurt before for the mayo. It’s ok but really tart. Maybe cut down the mayo and sub most of it for yogurt.

  38. Oh yum! My mom makes broccoli salad, and it’s one of my favorite things that she makes! Congrats on the pregnancy, btw. 🙂

  39. Congratulations!!! Your are one amazing mom! Your blog has become a “Go-To” for me whenever I am needing a new recipe – you seriously only post good ones, and I love your detailed pics and descriptions. I look forward to every post! Thanks, keep them coming!!

  40. Wow!! Congratulations! You’re lucky you’re just craving salads now, though! I love how simple this recipe is – especially for how delicious it looks! Can’t wait to try it!

  41. My first pregnancy, my only craving was mustard. Had never liked or even wanted to eat it before that, but went out of my way to eat it while pregnant, I ate a burger or sandwich every day just for an excuse to eat mustard. It’s funny how each pregnancy can be so different. Congratulations on your news!

  42. this is definitely one of my favorite salads!! so good!! one thing i do sometimes is add cheese tortellini to it and it makes it more of a main dish then a side dish. you would have to make more dressing as the pasta absorbs alot of it. both ways are really good!!! and congrats on the new little one!!

  43. Congratulations on your pregnancy. My prayers for you are for a great pregnancy, a fast and easy delivery and a beautiful, healthy baby and Mom! I have been making this broccoli salad for years at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every year everyone asks if I will make it again. It is so good and besides the sugar, mayo and bacon, fairly healthy!! LOL. I think every year, why do I wait until Thanksgiving and Christmas to make this? So, I think I will be making it for our Mother’s Day Celebration with the extended family!! Thanks for the idea!!

  44. be careful….as my daughter said…LM eating for two….not like two….lol

  45. Hey, congratulations, this is exciting. Pray everything goes easy for you. How many children do you have?
    I love broccoli salad and this one sounds so good. I may add a little pineapple to it. Have a good day.

  46. I’ve made a variation in this for years. I use grapes and apples as well as the raisins. You can also use peanuts instead of almonds. I have never seen the vinegar added to the dressing. Might try that. I have taken this to numerous potlucks and always come home with an empty bowl!

  47. Congratulations on your pregnancy!!! I have made this salad for many years, the only differences being I let it set with the dressing overnight then adding sunflower seeds instead of nuts. It is something I had to take to every family get-together for a very long time-and at least a double batch!! It’s a definite keeper!

  48. Wow! This is a great salad! I had accidentally bought too much broccoli and wanted to use it before it turned brown. I luckily stumbled upon your website and found this amazing salad. I blanched the broccoli for about 20 seconds and then put it cold ice water. I also used pecans (didn’t have almonds) and the salad is just so tasty! Today, the broccoli is still vibrant green and we’re enjoying the salad for lunch! Thank you for sharing this with us!

  49. This sounds wonderful. I read the recipe. Pressed the print key. Nothing happened. Any suggestions.
    PS Enjoy your pregnancy. I LOVED being pregnant. To think that because I loved another person, we could create a miracle.

  50. I make broccoli salad about 3 times a month because my family loves it so much. (so much that I have to use 3lbs of broccoli at a time) I don’t put in cheese or almonds but I do on occasion I do add diced fruit such as mango or strawberries just to give it a different spin. My son will take a big bowl of this to work for lunch instead the the usual sandwich and chips he loves it so much….Thanks for the different spin on my old recipe!

  51. Wonderful recipe.. Congratulations on your pregnancy. Will keep you in my prayers for a healthy and happy baby.

  52. This salad is awesome. I’m in diet and this dish is one of the best salad I used to eat during this 2 weeks.

  53. I love broccoli salad! Perfect for summer!