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Fresh broccoli salad with bacon

This is the best broccoli salad recipe hands down! Everyone will love this colorful broccoli salad with bacon, grapes and sunflower seeds. Simple instructions are included to make your broccoli bright green which makes your side dish really stand out. This is a great potluck salad so give it a try the next time you need to feed a crowd!
Course Side Dish
Keyword broccoli salad, broccoli salad with bacon, potluck recipes, potluck salad
Servings 10
Author Emilie at FindingZest.com


  • 7 cups fresh broccoli florets cut into larger bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 6 to 8 slices precooked bacon chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced red grapes
  • 2/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar


  1. If desired blanch your broccoli by bringing a large pot of water to boil. Add in 1 tablespoon of salt and submerge your broccoli for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Immediately drain and plunge into an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
  2. Once broccoli is cool, drain and blot with paper towels to dry.
  3. In large bowl add broccoli, onion, bacon, grapes and sunflower seeds. Set aside.
  4. In small bowl whisk mayo, white sugar, and red wine vinegar.
  5. Pour over salad ingredients and gently toss to combine.
  6. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.