Old Fashioned Broccoli Salad – Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Raisins

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Old Fashioned Broccoli Salad has a perfectly sweet dressing. I promise you will love this broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, sunflower seeds and cheese. Sign up to bring it to your next family pitch-in and everyone will thank you later.

I’m here with another blast from the past with this amazing old fashioned broccoli salad. You know which one I’m talking about right.

It’s a broccoli salad loaded with bacon, red onion, raisins, sunflower seeds with a sweet dressing.

I say the sunflower seeds are optional, because they are kind of hard to find at the grocery store. I typically shop at Aldi, and in all honesty, if I can’t find an ingredient there, then I tend to leave it out of a recipe.

That’s the case for this recipe and sunflower seeds, and it is still delicious.

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Raisins

I could eat sweet broccoli salad with raisins on any regular day of the week. In fact, we just ate it along side summer BLTs this week. However, it is also the perfect dish for every single holiday or family gathering.

In the summer, it’s the perfect cold salad to bring to a hot summer cookout along side hot dogs and hamburgers.

For Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, serve it with steaks or pulled pork.

At Easter, broccoli salad tastes great as a side with your Easter ham.

Everyone wants a light salad to serve with turkey and all those heavy carbs for Thanksgiving.

Have I made my point yet?

Sweet Dressing for Broccoli Salad

The real winner of this recipe is the sweet dressing that goes on the broccoli salad.

It’s easy. There are only three ingredients, and honestly, you could use this same sweet dressing on other salads. I think I like it so much because it’s reminiscent of my Grandma’s Deviled Eggs.

Are you ready for the secret ingredient? Sugar.

White sugar to be precise.

Don’t be scared of sugar. It’s why this sweet broccoli salad is so amazing.

Ingredient List for Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Raisins

Fresh Broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets

Red Onion, finely diced

Bacon, fried crispy and crumbled

Sunflower Seeds (optional)

Mayonnaise

White Vinegar

White Sugar

Shredded Cheese (Cheddar or Colby)

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How to Make Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Sunflower Seeds

  1. Cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets, finely dice the red onion, and fry and crumble bacon.
  2. Combine broccoli, onion, bacon, raisins, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, white vinegar and sugar.
  4. Pour over the broccoli mixture and stir.
  5. Refrigerate until chilled so the flavors marinate.
  6. Right before serving, mix in shredded cheese.

For the full ingredient amounts and recipe steps for broccoli salad with raisins and sunflower seeds, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Old Fashioned Broccoli Salad

  • For the best flavor, make this classic broccoli salad ahead of time so that the flavors all meld together in the refrigerator.
  • Dark or golden raisins can be used.
  • Red onion is preferable but white or yellow would work in a pinch.
  • Miracle Whip could be used in as a substitute for regular mayonnaise. In this case, cut down on the sugar in the sweet dressing.
  • Use whatever your favorite type of cheese in this recipe. Cheddar or Colby is my favorite. You can add as little or as much as your heart desires.
  • Do not stir in the cheese until right before serving. That way if the bacon is still warm, you won’t melt the cheese.
  • This is a famous West Virginian Side Dish!
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Old Fashioned Broccoli Salad - Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Raisins

Old Fashioned Broccoli Salad has a perfectly sweet dressing. I promise you will love this broccoli salad with bacon,  raisins, sunflower seeds and cheese.  Sign up to bring it to your next family pitch-in. 
Prep Time13 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 13 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli salad with bacon and raisins, old fashioned broccoil salad, sweet dressing for broccoli salad
Servings: 16 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 6 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup raisins (dark or golden)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine bite-sized broccoli florets, fried bacon, raisins, onion and sunflower seeds.
    Old Fashioned Broccoli Salad has a perfectly sweet dressing. I promise you will love this broccoli salad with bacon,  raisins, sunflower seeds and cheese.  Sign up to bring it to your next family pitch-in. 
  • Use a smaller bowl to whisk together mayonnaise, white vinegar and sugar.
    Old Fashioned Broccoli Salad has a perfectly sweet dressing. I promise you will love this broccoli salad with bacon,  raisins, sunflower seeds and cheese.  Sign up to bring it to your next family pitch-in. 
  • Pour sweet dressing over broccoli mixture; stir until combined.
    Old Fashioned Broccoli Salad has a perfectly sweet dressing. I promise you will love this broccoli salad with bacon,  raisins, sunflower seeds and cheese.  Sign up to bring it to your next family pitch-in. 
  • Chill for a minimum 1 hour or longer.
  • Right before serving, stir in shredded cheese.
    Old Fashioned Broccoli Salad has a perfectly sweet dressing. I promise you will love this broccoli salad with bacon,  raisins, sunflower seeds and cheese.  Sign up to bring it to your next family pitch-in. 

Notes

  • For the best flavor, make this classic broccoli salad ahead of time so that the flavors all meld together in the refrigerator. 
  • Dark or golden raisins can be used. 
  • Red onion is preferable but white or yellow would work in a pinch. 
  • Miracle Whip could be used in as a substitute for regular mayonnaise. In this case, cut down on the sugar in the sweet dressing. 
  • Use whatever your favorite type of cheese in this recipe. Cheddar or Colby is my favorite. You can add as little or as much as your heart desires. 
  • Do not stir in the cheese until right before serving. That way if the bacon is still warm, you won't melt the cheese. 
  • Have extra fresh broccoli? Try this Fresh Broccoli Casserole

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Old Fashioned Broccoli Salad has a perfectly sweet dressing. I promise you will love this broccoli salad with bacon,  raisins, sunflower seeds and cheese.  Sign up to bring it to your next family pitch-in. 

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