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A close up of broccoli salad, with chopped broccoli, red onion, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon, with a light creamy dressing.
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5 from 3 votes

Creamy Broccoli Salad

This creamy broccoli salad, loaded with fresh broccoli, tangy red onion, dried cranberries, crunchy sunflower seeds, and salty bacon, all coated in a creamy and tangy sauce. It's perfect for an easy side dish for dinner, or a potluck, or bbq!
Servings: 10
Calories: 313kcal


For the Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup mayonaise (fat free)
  • 3 TBS granulated sugar
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper (to taste)

For the Salad:

  • 6 cups chopped fresh broccoli
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seed kernels
  • 3/4 cup red onion (diced)
  • 3/4 cup cooked and crumbled bacon


  • Add the mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper to a small bowl. Whisk them together till the mixture is nice and smooth, then set aside.
  • Add the broccoli, cranberries, sunflower seeds, red onion, and bacon to a large bowl. Stir them together.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad, and mix it all together till fully combined, and everything is coated evenly in the dressing.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, or a lid, and place it in the fridge for an hour or two before serving!


**Can be substituted for Splenda No Calorie Sweetener


Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 302mg | Potassium: 300mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 363IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg