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!

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Classic Broccoli Salad Recipe

Broccoli Salad has a sweet and tangy dressing that gets soaked into the crunchy broccoli, the toasted cashews, the plump craisins, and of course... the bacon.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 411 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 6 cups broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 6 pieces bacon, cooked crisp, drained and then crumbled
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup cashews, or walnuts or sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup craisins, dried cranberries
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp white sugar


  • Combine the broccoli, bacon, onion, toasted cashews (or walnuts or sunflower seeds), and craisins in a large bowl, set aside.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 443IU | Vitamin C: 61mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: Bacon, broccoli, dried cranberries, Salad
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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!!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
24 Responses
  1. Louise

    Broccoli and bacon a perfect pairing ! I would love this for breakfast, combined with fruit even better! Just loving it xx

    1. Barbara

      5 stars
      I add small diced pieces of Swiss cheese to the recipe along with poppy seeds in my dressing. Delish! Love this salad!

  2. Lisa

    5 stars
    Delicious! I like to soften my broccoli up just a bit and pop it in the microwave for a quick minute. It’s still crunchy and the softening helps to add flavor. I also substituted a great sugar substitute for the sugar. I use Whole Earth Sweetener (a blend of erythritol, stevia and monk fruit). It tastes like sugar without any nasty after taste. PS – This is one of the few veggie dishes my kids will ask for seconds!

  3. Carolyn

    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.

  4. carol

    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.

  5. melissa

    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!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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