Mom’s Recipe for the Best Broccoli Salad {You can Make Ahead}

This Broccoli Salad is the kind of side dish that I look for at summer picnics and holiday meals.  My mom used to make this delicious Easy Broccoli Salad Recipe for big family gatherings. I couldn’t get enough of it, and I still can’t. Come on in and I’ll share my Mom’s Recipe for The Best Broccoli Salad, ever…

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Broccoli Salad Recipe

Honestly, looking at this picture gets me hungry for Mom’s Broccoli Salad. It sure is tasty.

The Best Broccoli Salad Recipe

What Meats Go With Broccoli Salad?

Broccoli Salad is typically a side and served at a potluck. It goes well with meat sandwiches and any grilled meat

How many cups are in One Head of Broccoli?

You’ll get about 3 cups of broccoli florets from one medium head of broccoli. This recipe will produce 8-9 cups of broccoli salad – enough to feed a crowd

Are you looking for more Potluck Salad Recipes?

Try some of these…

Ramen Noodle Salad 

Greek Pasta Salad 

Apple, Raisin and Grape Waldorf Salad 

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broccoli salad recipe

Mom’s Recipe for the Best Broccoli Salad

The ultimate Broccoli Salad with raisins, bacon, and grapes.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
refrigeration: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 966cal
Author: Melissa


  • 1 pound bacon cooked and crumbled
  • ½ Tbsp. bacon grease from your cooked bacon
  • ¾ cup raisins
  • 1 cup red grapes of small seedless – left whole or sliced
  • 2-3 broccoli heads rinsed and cut into florets
  • 1&1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup red onion – chopped
  • ½ cup sunflower seedds optional


  • In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise, sugar, chopped onion, vinegar, and 1/2 Tbsp. of bacon grease
  • Fold in the broccoli, bacon crumbles, grapes and raisins
  • Serve immediately, or cover and store in the refrigerator up to a few days ahead of the BBQ.
  • It will still be fresh and delicious. Trust me, I've been eating it for the last 4 days, and it only gets better. 🙂


Nutrition Facts are only an estimate.

Make-Ahead Note

This dish is best if made at least one day in advance


Calories: 966cal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 93g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 49g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 940mg | Potassium: 525mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 92mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg

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