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Broccoli Salad

Broccoli salad features broccoli, cheese, bacon, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries. The salad is further enhanced with a creamy mayo-based dressing that is naturally sweetened and loaded with flavor.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli salad
Prep Time 25 minutes
Chilling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 -8 as a side
Calories 513kcal
Cost $5.45


  • 5-6 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 10 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup salted sunflower seeds (no shells)
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion Note 1


  • 3/4 cup full-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, optional
  • Salt and pepper


  • BROCCOLI: Remove the stems from the broccoli and cut into small bite-sized pieces.
  • SALAD: Combine the chopped broccoli, 1 cup cubed Cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons dried cranberries, and 1/3 cup diced red onion (See Note 1).
  • DRESSING: In a separate small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients: 3/4 cup full-fat mayo, 1/4 cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 and 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 3 tablespoons honey, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth.
  • DRESS SALAD: Combine the dressing with the salad. Cover and chill for 30 minutes to 1 one hour. Toss again after chilling.
  • FINISHING: Right before serving, add the cooked and crumbled bacon and 1/2 cup sunflower seeds. Toss and serve.
  • STORAGE: Salad is best eaten the same day it is made.



Note 1:Red onion: To remove the "bite" of the red onion: peel and dice the red onion and then submerge the pieces in a bowl of cold or ice water. Let sit for at least ten minutes, stirring once or twice, before draining and using in this salad.


Serving: 8as a side | Calories: 513kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.6g | Protein: 12.5g | Fat: 42.2g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 502.1mg | Fiber: 3.1g | Sugar: 17.2g