This classic broccoli salad will delight you time and again! Just toss broccoli, bacon, red onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and goat cheese with a creamy mayonnaise yogurt dressing for the best year-round salad.
If ever there was a salad recipe that consistently knocked my socks off, it’s this one – a broccoli salad. It’s super easy to make, but don’t let easy fool you, because this salad is loaded with flavor. It’s simultaneously crispy, creamy, sweet, and savory. And did I mention bacon is involved?
When it comes to salad recipes most of us gravitate towards leafy greens. But if you’re looking for a little salad shakeup and want something that’s perfect for potlucks, picnics, and barbecues (because yes, this salad is durable), give broccoli salad a whirl.
Broccoli Salad Ingredients
The great thing about this salad is how easy it is to customize. So feel free to tweak the ingredients your personal preference. Here’s what’s in mine:
- Broccoli: raw broccoli florets form the bulk of the salad. Make sure to chop them into bite-sized pieces.
- Red Onion: I love diced red onion, but you could also use sliced green onion.
- Bacon: crispy bacon adds protein to the salad and that unmistakable savory flavor. Want another broccoli salad with protein? Try my broccoli tuna salad.
- Dried Cranberries: I use unsweetened dried cranberries, but you could also use raisins or dried cherries.
- Sunflower Seeds: for a little crunch, I love sunflower seeds. But feel free to use slivered almonds or your favorite seeds or nuts.
- Goat Cheese: just a sprinkle adds amazing creaminess. But crumbled feta or grated cheddar cheese works too.
Helpful tip: You can easily make this salad dairy-free! Just omit the goat cheese or use dairy-free cheese and swap in dairy-free yogurt in the dressing. It’ll still be delicious!
Broccoli Salad Dressing
The typical dressing for a broccoli salad is a creamy, mayonnaise-based dressing. I don’t add any extra sugar to my dressing, but I do “up” the creaminess by adding a little homemade yogurt to the dressing. It adds just the right sweetness and tang!
Find the printable recipe with measurements below
How to Make Broccoli Salad
The only thing that requires cooking in this salad is the bacon. The rest comes together easy! Here’s how you make it:
- Cook the bacon in the oven (it’s way easier) and when that’s done, blot it dry with a paper towel.
- While the bacon is cooking, slice the florets off a large head of broccoli and add them to a mixing bowl.
- Dice up some red onion and add that to the bowl along with the sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and goat cheese.
- Once the bacon is cooked and cooled, crumble the bacon in the bowl and mix it all together.
- In a separate small bowl make the dressing by stirring together the mayonnaise and yogurt. Then add that to the salad and stir everything together for the most delicious, flavorful, highly addictive, healthy broccoli salad recipe.
This is one of those super durable salads that’s perfect for meal prep! It will keep for 4 to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container. And if you’re making this for a holiday party, you can easily prep this the day before (with or without the dressing).
Broccoli Salad Recipe Video
While this is an easy recipe to make, it always helps to watch a quick tutorial video. Give it a watch below!
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This is the ideal salad for weeknights and dinner parties. Trust me, it’ll get devoured quickly! Once you make it, let me know your thoughts on it in the comment box below.
Classic Broccoli Salad
- 8 slices bacon
- 5 cups broccoli florets (from 1 large head of broccoli)
- ⅓ cup diced red onion
- ½ cup dried unsweetened cranberries
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
Broccoli Salad Dressing
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup plain yogurt
- Cook the bacon. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Add the bacon slices to a parchment-lined baking tray and cook for 15 to 18 minutes, or until crispy. Remove the bacon from the oven and transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate to dry and cool.
- Add everything to a bowl. Add the broccoli, red onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and goat cheese to a large mixing bowl. When the bacon is cool to the touch, crumble it on top.
- To make the dressing, add the mayonnaise and yogurt to a small bowl and stir together.
- Pour the dressing on top of the broccoli salad and toss to combine.
- Make sure you’ve sliced the broccoli florets into small, bite-sized pieces. It makes it far easier to eat that way.
- If you’re wondering what to do with the broccoli stem, spiralize it! Yes, you can totally spiralize a broccoli stem, just as you would a zucchini. It’s delicious! And while I don’t show you how to spiralize a broccoli stem in my Spiralizer Beginner’s Guide video, you can still get a little inspiration from the video.
Recipe originally posted June 2018, but updated to include new information.