Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Craisins

This easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Craisins is a great side for any meal. It's crunchy from the broccoli and sunflower seeds, salty and tangy!

Broccoli Salad in a white bowl with a spoon.

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Broccoli Salad on a spoon over a bowl of salad.

This recipe was photographed and updated 3/2024.

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This salad screams summer to me! I'm currently in Michigan, enjoying a vacation with my sister Shannon and her family right now. This is a salad that my brother in law, Jeff makes often. 

I can see why he does! It's a fresh and unique recipe. He grilled up some chicken to go with this, and the meal was absolutely delicious. 

The crunchiness of the broccoli, saltiness of the bacon, and the sweetness of the dressing and cranberries, is why I love this recipe. They all go so well with each other. 

I also love that this salad is mayo free, making it great to bring with to a picnic or BBQ! 

Fresh broccoli is always so tasty! If you love it too, then try these Chicken and Broccoli Bites or this Broccoli and Sweet Pepper Pasta!

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Broccoli Salad on a stack of white plates.

You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • use cauliflower instead of broccoli, or some of both
  • use red onion instead of green
  • use raisins or dried blueberries instead of craisins
  • add crushed red pepper
  • use sliced red grapes instead of craisins
  • add shredded carrots
  • use broccoli slaw instead of florets 

Recipe tips:

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Craisins on a white plate.
Yield 8 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
15 Min
Inactive time
30 Min
Total time
45 Min

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Craisins


  • 8 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels
  • 3 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  1. In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, green onion and cranberries. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar and sugar.
  2. Drizzle sauce over broccoli, onion and cranberries, then toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Mix in the sunflower kernels and bacon just before serving.

Nutrition Facts




12.98 g

Sat. Fat

1.35 g


19.64 g


3.21 g

Net carbs

16.44 g


13.47 g


4.53 g


81.94 mg


2.97 mg

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  1. I love this salad!! :) And thanks for the photo credit! :)

    1. I love this salad too! Thank Jeff for making it!! Your welcome!!

  2. I love broccoli. This salad is so refreshing during this time of year!

    1. I agree! It is so refreshing compared to mayo based salads!

  3. Before I had this kind of salad, I thought it sounded so bizarre. It was so refreshing and a great change from all the potato and macaroni salads! Thank you for sharing at "All my Bloggy Friends". :)

  4. love this recipe oh so yummy while only part of the family will eat it that means there is more of the goodness for me thanks for sharing recipe

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  5. This looks very tasty, my kind of salad. Thank you for a good recipe.

    1. Your welcome! Glad to share with you and thanks for stopping by!!

  6. I have never seen this salad with a non-mayo dressing. It looks really fresh and delicious for our hot days!

  7. This salad is delicious with the bacon, it adds great flavor. Hope you are having a great holiday week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. I agree! The bacon is a perfect salty addition! Thanks so much for hosting!!

  8. Super post. I got to this via Mealtime Monday on Couponing and Cooking. I have linked in some bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Enjoy.

  9. Love the combination of broccoli, bacon and cranberries - yummy! Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon!

  10. This was delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe-

    I added it to my blog with a link back to you-

  11. I have made a variation of this broccoli salad that is very similar to your recipe, and it is so good. Thanks for sharing.

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