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Classic Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

Creamy Broccoli Salad made in 15 minutes! My fresh broccoli salad recipe is loaded with crunchy pieces of dried cranberries, nuts, bacon, apple, onions, and velvety smooth cheese and it's tossed in the creamiest mayonnaise and sour cream dressing. Serve this classic salad recipe staple for Easter dinner, Mother's Day brunch, summer cookouts, potlucks, and holiday parties. Pair as a side salad to your main course meal. Even the pickiest of eaters will devour this healthy salad.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Broccoli Salad, Creamy Side Dish Salad Recipe, Easter Side Dish, Potluck Recipees
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 263kcal


  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup shelled sunflower seeds (swap for any nuts)
  • 1 cup (4 oz) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • cup diced red onions
  • cup grated or shaved parmesan cheese
  • 6 thick bacon sliced, diced
  • ½ apple, diced
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (swap for white vinegar or red wine vinegar)
  • tbsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper


  • Cook bacon according to package directions. Cut into pieces; set aside.
  • Cut any large stems off the broccoli. Cut broccoli into bite-size pieces.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add broccoli florets, dried cranberries, shelled sunflower seeds (or any nuts), cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, red onions, diced apples, and bacon pieces.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • Pour dressing over salad bowl and toss together until well combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


SUNFLOWER SEEDS: Shelled sunflower seeds come without the black shell. Some grocery stores or health food stores sell them near the snacks. If you are having trouble finding it, swap it out for pistachios, pecans, walnuts, or almonds.
MAKING AHEAD: Mix salad ingredients. Store salad dressing separetly. When ready to serve, pour dressing over salad and toss together.


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 253IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 1mg