Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Raisins

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Raisins

As a chef, I believe that guests enjoy broccoli salad with bacon and raisins because it offers a delicious balance of flavors and textures. The crispness of the broccoli is complemented by the salty and smoky bacon bits, while the sweetness of the raisins and sugar provide a nice contrast. The sunflower seeds add a nice crunch and a nice touch of nuttiness. The mayonnaise and rice wine vinegar give the salad a creamy and tangy taste.

The combination of flavors and textures in this salad makes it a great side dish for any meal. The bacon and raisins give it a nice richness that makes it a perfect complement to any protein dish, such as grilled chicken or fish. The salad’s sweetness can also pair well with BBQ meats and smoked dishes.

Additionally, broccoli is a vegetable that is high in nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Vitamin A. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, which makes it a healthy option for guests.

A simple classic, easy to make, and crowd pleasing favorite. Featuring bright green broccoli with bacon, raisins, sunflower seeds, and homemade dressing. Quickly blanch the broccoli flowerets and mix the rest of the ingredients together and chill. Even better the next day. Enjoy!


Course Vegetables
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author N. J. Sorensen, RDN


  • 1 bunch broccoli flowerets
  • 1 medium purple onion — 1/4″ dice
  • ½ cup bacon bits
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon sugar


  • In a medium bowl combine broccoli, bacon bits, purple onion, raisins and sunflower seeds. Prepare dressing in a small bowl; mix together mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar. Pour dressing over broccoli mixture and toss to coat. Cover and chill for 2-4 hours. Serve cold.

In terms of serving, this salad can be served as is or can be garnished with additional ingredients such as chopped green onions or chopped nuts. It can also be served chilled or at room temperature. As a chef, I would recommend serving this salad with a BBQ pulled pork, grilled chicken, or a smoked salmon for a delicious and satisfying meal.

In conclusion, broccoli salad with bacon and raisins is a popular dish among guests due to its delicious balance of flavors and textures, its versatility and its healthy benefits. As a chef, I would recommend serving this salad with a variety of dishes to cater to different tastes and preferences.