I don’t know what it is about spring time but as soon as the warm weather hits I start craving broccoli salad.  I go through a phase where I literally eat it at every meal for about 2 weeks.  I’m strange.  I know.  It’s just so yummy!!!!



  • 1 head broccoli, stems removed and florets cut into pieces
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled (I used Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (I used Spectrum Brand Organic Mayonnaise)
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp raw honey or coconut nectar
  • 1/4 cup roasted no salt added sunflower seed kernels
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a small bowl combine mayo, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper.  Mix well and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine broccoli, bacon, onion and raisins.  Gently stir in the mayo dressing.
  3. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and serve immediately.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 6-8 servings.

Serving size approximately 1 cup.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 173, Cal. from Fat: 77.5, Total Fat: 8.5g, Sat. Fat: .5g, Carbs: 17.5g, Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 10.5g, Protein: 4g, Sodium: 174mg, Chol: 2.5mg


Leftover salad should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

It’s best to reserve some of the sunflowers seeds for any leftovers.  The sunflower seeds will lose their crunch by the next day.

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  1. Cathy says:

    Bacon is clean eating????

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Cathy,

      Yes, in a nutshell, some brands of bacon are clean. Now, just because an item is clean doesn’t mean that it should be a regular staple in your diet. Bacon, along with ice cream, potato chips, cookies and most desserts among other things, should be had occasionally as a treat. The only ‘clean’ bacon that I have found by me is Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon. If you can’t find that brand, check out the local products near you and like with any product read the label and make sure that it contains only ‘clean’ ingredients.


  2. Morgan says:

    I only have broccoli florets…I wonder how I should cut down the other ingredients since I have less than a whole head of broccoli? Maybe cut the rest in half too?

    This recipe looks divine. I love broccoli salad and I’m excited to find a clean version.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Morgan,

      For the recipe I only used the florets of the head of broccoli - which was about 2-3 cups of florets. If you have less florets then that I would definitely adjust the recipe as needed. I LOVE broccoli salad - hope you like this one too!


  3. veronika says:

    made this today! big fan!!!!!!!

  4. Annette says:

    I use dried cranberries instead of raisins (my family doesn’t like raisins) and it’s a very good variation!

  5. Vicki says:

    Not sure what you mean by “clean bacon” ( is there such a thing?) I use Gwaltney BEEF Bacon and it is a refreshing healthy smash in recipes!

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Vicki,

      The only bacon that I found to be free of chemicals, preservatives and artificial ingredients is Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon. As long as you’ve check the label on your bacon you should be fine.


  6. Kristen says:

    If you take out the bacon, about how many calories will the salad be?

    • Sarah says:

      Once we compute the nutritional info of a recipe we no longer hold on to the specific ingredient information. If you want to calculate the nutritional info you can use the site that we rely on to calculate the numbers. You can find the site here - http://nutritiondata.self.com/


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