Classic Broccoli Salad Recipe


I’m just going to come right out and say it…

I’m obsessed with Broccoli Salad. No shame.

The best Classic Broccoli Salad Recipe out there!

I love the sweet and tangy dressing that gets soaked into the crunchy broccoli, the toasted cashews, the plump craisins, and of course… the bacon.

Broccoli Salad is a staple at any BBQ or Potluck type meal, so be prepared this summer with this classic recipe that is a definite crowd pleaser.


You know a recipe is going to be a winner when it starts with bacon.

A rule of thumb when cooking any recipe with bacon is to always, always, ALWAYS add an extra slice or two of bacon. You know darn well that you (or your hungry husband) will have to steal one of those smoky/crispy strips before it goes into the recipe.

It’s written somewhere I’m sure.

The rest is a snap to throw together. I toasted up some cashews, but you can switch it up with some walnuts or sun flower seeds too.

The dressing is a simple 3 ingredient blend: Mayo, white wine vinegar, and sugar.

Easy peasy.

Classic Broccoli Salad Recipe

Would you look at me weird if I told you that I ate some of this for breakfast this morning?

Um, yeah… it’s that good.

Plus, yeah… I am that weird. Hi.

Classic Broccoli Salad Recipe

You don’t have to eat it for breakfast, but you can rest assured that this Classic Broccoli Salad Recipe will be a smash at your next potluck gathering!

Bring it!

Classic Broccoli Salad Recipe
  • 6 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 6 pieces of bacon, cooked crisp, drained and then crumbled
  • ½ of a red onion, diced
  • 1 cup toasted cashews (or walnuts or sunflower seeds)
  • ½ cup craisins (dried cranberries)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  1. Combine the broccoli, bacon, onion, toasted cashews (or walnuts or sunflower seeds), and craisins in a large bowl, set aside.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the mayo, white wine vinegar and 2 tbsp white sugar until smooth. Pour over broccoli mixture and toss to coat evenly. Let sit for 10 minutes in fridge before serving.
  3. Enjoy!

Wouldn’t it be crazy/totally awesome if everyone showed up at the next potluck with this broccoli salad?!

…now that’s what I call a party!!


  1. Such a great idea for a BBQ and a good way to use up leftover broccoli!

  2. I have never had broccoli salad before, but it looks incredible!

  3. I love broccoli and this recipe looks like a winner!

  4. yum! I love broccoli salad and this looks great!

  5. Broccoli is my fave veggie and I love a good broccoli salad like this one!

  6. melissa says:

    This is so delish! I have to skip the craisins due to sugar issues, but I threw in some carrots and thawed frozen peas. Used sunflower seeds and assed some fresh grated sharp chedder cheese. I was lucky to get some! Thanks!

  7. I found this recipe in a junior league cookbook years ago. It called for dried cherries and sunflower seeds. I always add double bacon because you can’t go wrong with more bacon. It was one if the few dishes I made that my youngest step dsughter actually said she liked.

  8. Craisins are high sugar, and then adding more sugar makes this version unacceptable for me, but basically it is a salad that I make often without those two ingredients. A little bit of sugar isn’t too bad, but this wonderful salad does not need it. Lots of other add ins can work. I have taken it to gatherings, and people always want the recipe.

  9. This is an awesome summer go to side. I add some crumbled cheddar and it’s perfection….

  10. Thank you for this recipe. I made it for our Father’s Day BBQ and it was delicious!

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