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Broccoli Salad in bowl

Easy, Healthy Broccoli Salad

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  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy, healthy Broccoli Salad is the perfect side dish. Crisp broccoli, crunchy sunflower seeds, sweet cranberries, and smokey bacon all come together in this delicious recipe. The sweet and tangy dressing pulls it all together for a delicious recipe that everyone will love!


  • 8 cups broccoli florets, chopped in small to medium pieces
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup roasted and salted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • small pinch of salt (plus more to taste)


  1. First, make the dressing. Combine the mayonnaise, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, black pepper, and the pinch of salt. Stir until smooth.
  2. Next, in a large mixing bowl, combine the broccoli, dried cranberries, red onion, and cooked bacon. Pour the dressing over the broccoli mixture and stir until everything is well combined.
  3. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for two hours before serving. Enjoy!