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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
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 409kcal


  • 3 fresh broccoli crowns cut into bite-sized florets
  • 8 slices bacon cooked until crispy and diced
  • ½ cup sweet red onion diced
  • ¼ cup dried currants
  • ¼ cup salted sunflower seeds
  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ 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