In this post: Learn how to make crunchy broccoli salad with bacon for your family or the next potluck, picnic, or family reunion you get invited to!

Dean and I have been married for years. But even before we were dating or married, our families attended the same church. It was a church that used to have socials and potlucks and all manner of food-centered events. This means I’ve had the opportunity to eat his mother’s potluck salads and meals for decades. Salads like this crunchy broccoli salad with bacon. 

bacon broccoli salad

How to Make Crunchy Broccoli Salad with Yummy Bacon

Now, I’m not actually sure if this is quite the way Mom makes her broccoli salad, or if it just tastes similar. In any case, it makes a delicious dish to take to potlucks at church, picnics or family reunions!

potluck broccoli salad

bacon broccoli salad

Crunchy Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Learn how to make crunchy broccoli salad with bacon for your family or the next potluck you get invited to!


  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1/4 cup of shaved carrot
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup mayo, I use a Vegan mayo because eggs disagree with me
  • 2 tbsp. white sugar or honey
  • 1 tbsp. of vinegar
  • 6 slices bacon, I use Turkey bacon



  1. Fry bacon till crispy. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Cut broccoli into bite size pieces.
  3. Dice onion.
  4. In a medium bowl combine all salad ingredients. mixing salad ingredients

Sauce directions

  1. Mix mayo, sugar or honey and vinegar together and pour over salad. mixing mayo and other ingredients
  2. Mix till combined.
  3. Refrigerate for 1 hour and then serve cold. broccoli salad with bacon detail
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 297Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 601mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g

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broccoli salad with bacon detail

Of course, if you aren’t headed to a potluck or picnic, you could just make this for your own family. It goes really well with our Keto Chicken Thigh Roll Ups!

crunchy broccoli salad with bacon in a bowl

Technically this broccoli salad contains both eggs and bacon. BUT if you wanted to make it vegan, you could substitute a vegan mayo and plant-based bacon or simulated bacon bits and make it a vegan salad too! I actually use vegan mayo since eggs are disagreeing with me lately. I also use turkey bacon because my gallbladder does not like pork of any kind! 

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Love this broccoli bacon salad? Then you’ll love our BLT Pasta salad with bacon recipe too!

Do you have a dish or meal you like to bring to potlucks? Do you even attend those kinds of events these days?

shannon photo and sig oct 2022