Broccoli, bacon and cheese salad is one of the few salads I’d occasionally pick up at the deli, but it’s amazing how much better it tastes when you make it at home with really fresh ingredients. I served some of this up for my extended family at Easter, and my brother said it was so good he wanted to eat the whole batch.
With simple dish like broccoli salad, ingredient quality is key. Make sure your broccoli is fresh and crisp. We like our bacon responsibly raised and naturally cured. If you have “crispy style” soaked and dehydrated sunflower seeds (like these walnuts), they enhance the flavor. Homemade mayo works great if you have it available.Print
Broccoli, Bacon and Cheese Salad Recipe
This homemade broccoli, bacon and cheese salad recipe with sunflower seeds tastes so much better than the deli. It’s a quick and easy summertime recipe.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 9 servings 1x
- Category: salad
- Cuisine: American
- 3–4 cups broccoli florets
- 2 ounces (1/2 cup) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red or sweet onion
- 8 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons sugar or honey
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
In a large bowl, combine broccoli, cheese, onion, bacon and sunflower seeds. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sugar (or honey), lemon juice and vinegar.
Pour dressing over salad ingredients. Toss to coat. Chill before serving.
Makes 9 (1/2 cup) servings.
If you like things a little sweeter, throw in some dried cranberries or cherries and use less lemon.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Keywords: broccoli, bacon, cheese
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Originally posted in 2012, last updated in 2019.