Quick & Easy Broccoli Salad

Quick & Easy Broccoli Salad – this simple recipe can be served all by itself as a main dish or as a side dish. It’s delicious!

Broccoli salad in a blue floral bowl

I love a good salad – especially a good, easy salad.

This Broccoli Salad recipe fits that description perfectly!

You only need a few ingredients to make it. Just mix up the ingredients in a bowl, refrigerate for at least an hour, garnish (if desired) and serve. It’s pretty hearty so it can be a meal all on it’s own – or it makes one incredible side dish. My favorite thing to serve it with is a nice salmon filet personally.

This recipe lists cooked & crumbled bacon as an optional ingredient – so add it if you like 0r leave it out if you want to make it vegetarian.

Broccoli salad in a blue floral bowl

What ingredients do I need to make this Quick & Easy Broccoli Salad recipe?

Here’s your cast of ingredients:

  • 8 cups broccoli florets, in bite sized pieces
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 (or more to taste) cooked & crumbled bacon (you can also use bacon bits) (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper, to taste

The great thing about this recipe is you can add more or less of the onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and/or bacon if you like. It’s all up to you and whatever flavors you like best.

I love a good bit of crunch factor in my salads so I tend to add more sunflower seeds, even as much as a full cup.

Broccoli salad in a blue floral bowl

How do I prepare this recipe?

Whisk together the cider vinegar, sugar, mayonnaise, salt, & pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the broccoli with the onion, cranberries, & sunflower seeds. Pour the prepared dressing over top & mix well. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Sprinkle on the cooked & crumbled bacon (or bacon bits), if using, right before serving to preserve the texture of the bacon.

Broccoli salad in a blue floral bowl

What should I serve this Broccoli Salad with?

It’s delicious and hearty enough to be served all on it’s own if you like.

Here are some of my favorites to serve with this though.

Quick & Easy Broccoli Salad

Ingredients

  • 8 Cups broccoli florets in bite sized pieces
  • 1/3 to 1/2 Cup minced red onion
  • 1/2 to 3/4 Cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 Cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 Cup cooked & crumbled bacon - or bacon bits Optional
  • 3 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Cup mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Whisk together the cider vinegar, sugar, mayonnaise, salt, & pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the broccoli with the onion, cranberries, & sunflower seeds. Pour the prepared dressing over top & mix well. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Sprinkle on the cooked & crumbled bacon (or bacon bits), if using, right before serving to preserve the texture of the bacon.

Notes

The great thing about this recipe is you can add more or less of the onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and/or bacon if you like. It’s all up to you and whatever flavors you like best.
I love a good bit of crunch factor in my salads so I tend to add more sunflower seeds, even as much as a full cup.