Cold Broccoli Salad with bacon, cheese, currants, sunflower seeds and a sweet dressing

Sweet Broccoli Salad

This broccoli salad is filled to the brim with bacon, cheese, onion, sunflower seeds, currants, and a creamy dressing that makes it the perfect side dish! 
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Broccoli Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 409kcal
Author Heather Cheney


  • 3 fresh broccoli crowns cut into bite-sized florets
  • 8 slices bacon cooked until crispy and diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet red onion diced
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1/4 cup salted sunflower seeds
  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt black pepper to taste


  • Place broccoli in a large bowl. Add the bacon, onion, currants, sunflower seeds and cheese. 
  • In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper and stir well. 
  • Add dressing to broccoli mixture and toss gently. Serve immediately. If you want to make-ahead, all the ingredients can be combined except the bacon. Keep it separate and add it just before serving so it stays crisp!


**This recipe was originally published in January 2012. I've since updated the pictures and text of this post, but the recipe stays the same!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 409kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 508mg | Potassium: 692mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1330IU | Vitamin C: 163.4mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 1.8mg