Broccoli Salad

The Best Broccoli Salad You Will Ever Make

My sister in law has this amazing broccoli salad that she makes. A couple of weeks ago when we went camping together she made it and I just had to share it because it is AMAZING. 

Along with this salad being delicious it also helps that the main ingredient is one of the most vitamin-rich vegetables around. High in fiber, calcium, Vitamin C, A, B1 and more you can read about all the health benefits here

First, you will need to make the broccoli salad dressing. Combine the following ingredients together, mix, and set to the side. 

Next, combine the following ingredients in a bowl

  • 5 cups of chopped up broccoli 
  • 1/2 med red onion chopped into small pieces
  • 8 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled 
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of broccoli slaw

Mix all of these ingredients together and pour dressing over top and mix all together. Now you have a sweet and creamy Broccoli salad that has the perfect amount of crunchiness. It’s pure deliciousness! 

**Recipe tip, try adding 1/2 cup of raisins to the recipe 

This salad is a great addition to any potluck and you can make it ahead of time and let it chill in the fridge! 


80 Comments on The Best Broccoli Salad You Will Ever Make

  1. Pam Johnson
    at 3:25 pm (1 year ago)

    Sunflower seeds are also good in thia

    • Pam Johnson
      at 3:25 pm (1 year ago)


      • Shaun mattox
        at 2:42 pm (10 months ago)

        I buy this salad from the Walmart deli. It is delicious but expensive! I’ll definitely make it at home now. SOOOO yummy! Will also add the raisins and sunflower seeds (already shelled!).

        • Andrea
          at 7:32 pm (9 months ago)

          Go to HEB and buy the bacon vinaigrette and use that as your sauce. It it amazing.

    • Sol
      at 3:51 pm (6 months ago)

      Frozen peas are also good

  2. maryann
    at 9:11 am (1 year ago)

    Why not miracle whip ?

    • anotheryegmommy
      at 1:37 pm (1 year ago)

      I am not a fan, and it just tastes a little off to me. Although I guess if you are “team miracle whip” you may prefer it.

      • Tammy
        at 11:32 am (6 months ago)

        I am team miracle whip. It tastes fine lol. Also good w raspberry vinaigrette. 🙂

  3. Mimi
    at 7:36 pm (1 year ago)

    What is broccoli slaw?

    • Maryann
      at 3:42 pm (1 year ago)

      i would like to know as well.. i think it might be just the stem finely sliced up, did you ever find out?

    • Dawn
      at 10:52 am (1 year ago)

      I think it’s in a bag like cole slaw,in the bagged salad section of produce dept.

      • Renee
        at 3:38 pm (1 year ago)

        It is exactly what you said.

      • Kim K
        at 4:57 pm (12 months ago)

        What is broccoli slaw?

        • Brandy
          at 6:44 pm (10 months ago)

          Broccoli that is graded like the cheddar cheese. You find it in the bag of salad mix area. Like Cole slaw almost.

    • Ellen
      at 7:46 pm (2 months ago)

      I have found when you clean your brocoli peel the stems and slice thin and you don’t have to buy the brocoli slaw.

      • Tabatha
        at 5:24 am (1 month ago)

        Thanks Ellen. Good tip!

  4. Joan Lomas
    at 10:12 am (1 year ago)

    I’m going to put dates and cranberries in mine. Also pecans.

  5. Jan
    at 1:54 pm (1 year ago)

    I’m still trying to figure out what broc slaw is??

    • Danielle
      at 4:37 pm (1 year ago)

      It is like cole slaw but made from broccoli instead of cabbage. You can buy bags of brocolli slaw in the salad section at the grocery store.

    • Savannah
      at 2:48 pm (6 months ago)

      I make it without the slaw. Just chopped broccoli. It’s really yummy. I add sunflower seeds to mine too

    • Madeline
      at 11:34 am (3 months ago)

      I’ve opted to use chopped cauliflower instead of the broccoli slaw. But I like cauliflower

  6. connie raymond
    at 6:32 am (1 year ago)

    this was absolutely delicious, didn’t change a thing, a keeper for sure.

    • anotheryegmommy
      at 8:37 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much!! Someone just recently suggested craisins..I think I might try that!

  7. Marilyn Dumas
    at 1:42 pm (1 year ago)

    Tastes just as good if miracle whip used. Depends on your taste . I prefer
    Miracle whip as has a zip to it and not so eggy…..

    • Debbie
      at 7:23 pm (7 months ago)

      Miracle whip is too sweet so that you might back off the 4 T of sugar a little.

  8. Joy
    at 8:22 am (1 year ago)

    I use miracle whip , and also add craisins, any dried fruit is an added delish; and, pecans, walnuts, almond slivers… Basically whatever nuts I have. This recipe was given to me about 5 years ago. Bon appetit!

  9. Lillian Hargrave
    at 10:57 am (1 year ago)

    I make this with a slight variation. Great for lo-carvers. I use splenda instead of sugar and balsamic vinegar instead of white vinegar.

  10. Mary lawson
    at 9:42 am (1 year ago)

    Broccoli slaw is beside the Cole slaw mid in the veggie dept, in the cooler spot its just broccoli and carrots shredded very good

  11. Mary lawson
    at 9:42 am (1 year ago)

    Broccoli slaw is beside the Cole slaw mid in the veggie dept, in the cooler spot its just broccoli and carrots shredded very good

  12. Megan
    at 2:19 pm (1 year ago)

    How many servings does this make?

    • Sarah Jackson
      at 12:19 pm (1 year ago)

      I would like to know as well

      • Tracy Joyner
        at 7:26 pm (6 months ago)

        Its quite a lot. I just made it and filled a 2.5 qt bowl to the very top. Easily 10-12 servings

    at 7:49 am (1 year ago)

    Wonderful recipe! Made today for a potluck at work!yummy!!
    My husband asked why I didn’t leave any for home! Guess I’m making another batch tonight!

    • anotheryegmommy
      at 8:36 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you!!! It’s honestly one of the only salads my kids will eat!

  14. Bri
    at 5:11 pm (1 year ago)

    I use miracle whip and omit the sugar.

    • Alyssa
      at 4:22 pm (9 months ago)

      I was about to ask why it needs sugar?

  15. Meagan jones
    at 1:27 pm (1 year ago)

    HI! How many does it serve? I’m the advisor for ADPi & we feed 60 people for Ronald McDonald House every 3 weeks. We want to make it to accompany hot ham & Swiss sliders. But I’m not sure how many times to multiply it!

    • anotheryegmommy
      at 4:22 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Meagan,
      This recipe would be good for 8-10 adults. If you end up making it make sure you come back and let me know what everyone thought.?

  16. Nadine Miller
    at 8:15 pm (1 year ago)

    I would sap the broccoli just
    A few seconds in the microwave. It sweetens & takes the raw off taste away.
    Easy does it. Yummy!

  17. Sarah
    at 9:51 am (1 year ago)

    I posted about this recipe with a link to your blog over at We used light mayonnaise and reduced fat cheese and added sunflower seeds. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Rachel
    at 11:00 am (1 year ago)

    This salad is really tasty! I didn’t have broccoli slaw but had everything else, so I just increased the amount of broccoli by 1 cup. I think next time I would use less sugar – it’s a bit sweet for my taste, or possibly use honey, I’m curious to see how that would taste. Only negative I found is that the dressing is extremely liquidy once it’s mixed. It’s like a puddle at the bottom. The flavours are great but I wonder what could make the dressing more thick and creamy. I’m team mayo, so it’s definitely not anything to do with that. Any tips?

    • Lynda Brechtbill
      at 1:31 pm (1 year ago)

      I use bottled ranch dressing, no sugar, one cup of red grapes!

  19. Suzan
    at 9:39 pm (1 year ago)

    Add cherry tomatoes, dried cranberries and sunflower seeds too

  20. Vicki Williams
    at 12:59 pm (1 year ago)

    I’ve been making this for at least 10 years. Because of being diabetic I use coconut sugar and cider vinegar. I also leave out the onions, allergic to them. Everyone loves this salad.

  21. Nancy F
    at 9:43 pm (11 months ago)

    Has anyone ever tried using bacon dressing?

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    at 1:50 am (11 months ago)

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  24. Kathy
    at 7:24 am (10 months ago)

    Looks delicious! Can I make it the night before or is it better to make it the same day?

  25. Jeana Copeland
    at 8:53 am (10 months ago)

    i have made this several times never used the slaw and i use miracle whip always a bit hit with my family

  26. Ashley
    at 3:40 pm (10 months ago)

    We love this salad!
    My grandmother- in-law gave me a recipe very similar to this except lemon juice instead of vinegar. Also we put green olives in it not raisins. Gives it the salt and a little more tang.
    I shared it with other family members, and that is all they requested from me for months.

  27. Dena
    at 7:24 pm (8 months ago)

    Made this tonight and it was so delicious! I would not change a thing. My daughters even liked it and they picky eaters.

  28. Bea
    at 10:12 am (8 months ago)

    OMG… Awesome. I added cranberries. Definitley a new staple in my kitchen

  29. kylee
    at 6:01 pm (8 months ago)

    wondering if anything besides mayo would work? greek yogurt maybe?

  30. Maryellen Goss
    at 2:58 pm (7 months ago)

    If you make a day ahead, do you put dressing on the day ahead, or wait till you are serving it?

  31. Robert
    at 11:43 am (7 months ago)

    I used honey and lemon juice instead of sugar and vinegar.

  32. JoanF.
    at 10:37 am (7 months ago)

    I live in northern Indiana and our local Kroger Marketplace sells it under the name of Mary Jo’s Broccolli Salad for $6.99 per pound. It is delicious. They make it fresh everyday.

    • Anita Key
      at 12:52 pm (7 months ago)

      My family lives this! I initiation broccoli slaw and use sunflower seeds! Yummy!

  33. teri foskey
    at 12:54 pm (7 months ago)

    I also put red & green grapes (cut in half) 1 head of chopped cauliflower then just before serving 1\2 cup slivered almonds

    • Terry Trueblood
      at 2:24 am (5 months ago)

      The Best Broccoli salad

  34. Keven Nelson
    at 5:37 pm (6 months ago)

    I added currents instead of raisins & drained crushed pineapple.

    at 7:07 pm (6 months ago)


  36. Wendy
    at 2:21 pm (6 months ago)

    Hi, so 7 tablespoons of sugar?

    • Tracy Joyner
      at 7:31 pm (6 months ago)

      No, no..just 4 😊
      I use a sugar substitute.

  37. Tracy Joyner
    at 7:34 pm (6 months ago)

    Mayo with white vinegar has more zing and less sweet than miracle whip version. I tried using apple cider vinegar once but didnt care for it.

  38. Tracy Joyner
    at 7:42 pm (6 months ago)

    People who don’t like brocoli love this salad! I get tagged to bring it to every get together. I never use the slaw in it but have added thin carrot strips with good reviews. I also use 1/2 golden raisins and 1/2 craisins. I dont like regular rsisins..too sweet. The sunflower seeds are a must. Only red onion, not white…and if it is a very strong one, use less or it will over power the other flavors

  39. Mimi
    at 9:17 pm (5 months ago)

    Omg, this is amazing! My teenager tasted it and then grabbed a plate. Awesome way to get veggies into the kids ☺

  40. Noriko
    at 8:38 pm (5 months ago)

    This is my 2nd time making this!! I added raisins, raisins, and some small nuts! However, I do not put red onion because of the taste…

    • Michelle
      at 5:46 pm (5 months ago)

      Do you use distilled white vinegar?

      • Noriko Mitchell
        at 9:01 pm (5 months ago)

        Yes, I did!
        Now I wonder if I can use “white wine vinegar”…

  41. Deanna
    at 2:59 pm (5 months ago)

    Love this recipe..has anybody tried adding hard boiled eggs? Just wondering..

  42. Jaime Gillespie
    at 12:31 pm (4 months ago)

    I love broccoli salad! We have been making it in our family for potluck and family dinners for over 20 years and have shared the recipe with countless people over the years 🙂 I haven’t added in the broccoli slaw before but will give that a try as well. I change little things now and again to see if I like it. Some successful variations we’ve tried are subbing in red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar. We also always have salted hulled sunflower seeds in our version for the crunch factor. We have tried making it with Splenda instead of sugar and at Christmas I used honey instead of sugar to try that was also very nice. I recommend making this a couple hours before and then giving a good stir. It always seems like there wont be enough dressing but it always works out in the end 🙂 My favourite way to eat broccoli!!

  43. Rhody B
    at 12:24 pm (4 months ago)

    How many does this serve?

  44. Missy Pea
    at 1:25 pm (3 months ago)

    Thank you! I’m planning on featuring this in a round-up of Fire-Free Camping Meals on my blog-

  45. Janine
    at 7:27 am (3 months ago)

    How many days in advance can this be made?

  46. Pat
    at 12:00 pm (2 months ago)

    Instead of raisins I think the dried cranberries would be great! I will definitely try this.


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