This broccoli salad with bacon and sunflower seeds, made with a creamy homemade mayonnaise dressing, is so easy to make and is always a big favorite at potlucks and gatherings!
I love the crunchiness of this broccoli salad due to the sunflower seeds, bacon, and broccoli itself. This salad will definitely keep your mouth busy for a while!
The combination of different flavors just makes this an amazing dish. The sweetness of the mayonnaise dressing combined with the saltiness of the sunflower seeds and the savory flavor of bacon takes this salad from great to awesome!
This broccoli salad is full of nutrition and has a lot of amazing health benefits. Broccoli is very high in fiber and a good source of other essential nutrients such as Vitamin K, Vitamin C, folate and potassium.
Sunflower seeds are rich in healthy fats and are especially high in Vitamin E and Selenium. They are also rich in antioxidants which help protect the body’s cells against free radical damage.
So much yummy goodness all together in one plate!
Ingredients used to make this recipe
Broccoli: I use roughly two cups of broccoli that have been chopped up and had their stalks removed. If your local grocery store sells fresh chopped broccoli, all the better. But the broccoli has to be fresh, not frozen.
Bacon: Any brand of bacon will work but be sure it does not have any hidden carbs.
Mayonnaise: I use this sweet homemade mayonnaise dressing recipe but you can use store-bought mayo or any dressing of your choice. You can also add some monk fruit sweetener to it if you want it sweeter.
Sunflower seeds: you can use salted unsalted but I prefer the salted version.
How to make broccoli salad with bacon and sunflower seeds
This salad is very easy to make and comes together pretty quickly.
First, wash and pat dry the broccoli. Then, remove the stems of the broccoli and cut it into small florets.
Put a dry pan on the stove and when it gets hot, place the bacon in it. Flip once when it begins to curl. When the bacon turns crispy, take it out and let it cool for a few minutes. Crumble the bacon into smaller bits and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, add the broccoli, the crumbled bacon, and the sunflower seeds. Pour in the dressing and mix thoroughly.
I like to pour in half a cup first, then add more as I need. I use a cup of mayonnaise dressing but you can add more if you want it even creamier.
Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes, or even better, overnight. When chilled overnight, the broccoli salad really soaks up the flavor and tastes even more amazing!
This broccoli salad also makes an excellent lunch and can be prepared the day before. Just pack the mayonnaise dressing separately and pour it in when you’re ready to eat.
What do I eat broccoli salad with?
Broccoli salad goes very well with meat and fish dishes. Some delicious options are:
Helpful tips when making this broccoli salad
To make the salad even more flavorful, add a little bit of the bacon grease and mix it in.
You can add more or less sweetener depending on how sweet you want it to be.
Broccoli Salad With Bacon And Sunflower Seeds
- 4 cups broccoli chopped
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 cup sweet homemade mayonnaise dressing
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
- Wash and pat dry the broccoli.
- Remove the stems of the broccoli and cut into small florets.
- Put a dry pan on the stove and when it gets hot, place the bacon in it.
- Flip once when it begins to curl.
- When the bacon turns crispy, take it out and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Crumble the bacon into smaller bits and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, add the broccoli, the crumbled bacon, and the sunflower seeds.
- Pour in the dressing and mix thoroughly.
- Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or overnight.
- To make the salad even more flavorful, add a little bit of the bacon grease and mix it in.
- You can add more or less sweetener depending on how sweet you want it to be.