A 6-ingredient simple salad recipe that’s perfect for pot lucks, barbecues and picnics, this easy broccoli salad is made without bacon. This is a kid-friendly salad recipe that’s dairy-free and gluten-free, too. A healthy broccoli salad with sunflower seeds, raisins and avocado mayonnaise – and no bacon!

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If I’m being totally honest, sometimes I’m not exactly the best with sides. I can get the “main” meal together well, but when it comes to sides, there are many a night when I’ll pull out the giant container of mixed greens or spinach and salad dressing and call it a meal. I don’t tell a lie. So that’s why I’m so excited about this new recipe, easy broccoli salad. It comes together quickly, it’s full of some fun add-in’s, and my kids love eating it. Did I mention it’s broccoli? 🙂 Let me tell you about it!

Easy Broccoli Salad Without Bacon

Easy Broccoli Salad Without Bacon

  • It’s simple: f you can wash and chop broccoli, you’re halfway there.
  • My favorite mayo is avocado-based and tastes just like the real thing. I highly recommend this, as the ingredients are much cleaner than the typical store-bought version.
  • Feel free to get creative. I like adding sunflower seeds and raisins, but you can certainly swap these (or even add in) pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries or even bacon if you really want!
  • I feel like this is truly best the day of or the following day, and honestly it never lasts that long in our house anyhow. It makes a great side dish at home, or an addition to any picnic/potluck.
5 from 1 vote
Easy Broccoli Salad Without Bacon
The Easiest Broccoli Salad (Without Bacon)
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Broccoli is tossed with raisins, sunflower seeds and a zesty dressing made with avocado mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar.
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 189 kcal
Author: Kiran Dodeja Smith
  • 1 - 1.5 pounds broccoli cut into pieces
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds kernels
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise I only use avocado mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  1. Wash and cut broccoli into pieces, removing the stalk. Place in a medium-sized bowl. Add raisins and sunflower seeds into bowl with broccoli.
  2. In a separate small bowl combine mayo, apple cider vinegar and mustard. Mix to combine. Taste and add salt and/or pepper if desired. Pour dressing over broccoli mixture and mix to coat. Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes prior to serving. Leftovers (if there are any) will last for 2-3 days.
Nutrition Facts
The Easiest Broccoli Salad (Without Bacon)
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 138mg6%
Potassium 114mg3%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Easy Broccoli Salad With Sumflower Seeds and Raisins but no bacon

Tell me: did this recipe help get your kiddos eating broccoli, too? 🙂


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