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Broccoli Salad with Red Grapes, Bacon, and Sunflower Seeds

Rated as 4.85 out of 5 Stars

"Try a flavor from the beaches of the eastern shore. This refreshing yet hearty family recipe has been adopted into the families of all of our friends. We never steam a bushel of crabs without having a huge bowl of this salad and corn on the cob on the table. This dish is simply mandatory at every BBQ, potluck or pitch-in event. Give it a try!"
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2 h 30 m servings 327
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Crumble 7 slices of bacon; mix with sunflower seeds in a resealable bag.
  2. Combine broccoli, onion, and grapes in a bowl.
  3. Crumble the remaining bacon slice. Whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and black pepper together in a bowl; fold in the 1 slice crumbled bacon. Pour dressing over broccoli mixture; toss to coat evenly. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for flavors to blend, about 2 hours.
  4. Sprinkle bacon-sunflower seed mixture over salad before serving; mix well.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • We never substitute the red grapes with raisins and we always use apple cider vinegar for this recipe. However, we sometimes substitute the sunflower seeds with chopped pecans or toasted sliced almonds.
  • Add the crumbled bacon and sunflower seeds when it's time to serve. If you hold off and wait, the bacon and sunflower seeds stay nice and crunchy therefore enhancing the overall texture and flavor. Mix well once added.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 327 calories; 29 12.5 6.3 20 382 Full nutrition

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This recipe is jsut what I was looking for!! I had everything on hand and I also added the almonds and a handful of grated cheddar. Delish!! Thank you for submitting this & sharing!!

Most helpful critical review

I know this recipe is good, I came up with it 25 years ago( minus the onion). I'm more than a little pissed that it found it's way online. It used to be my go to.

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This recipe is jsut what I was looking for!! I had everything on hand and I also added the almonds and a handful of grated cheddar. Delish!! Thank you for submitting this & sharing!!

Great salad, I loved it.

I love this recipe. The only thing I changed was that I added Shredded Cheddar Cheese. It was absolutely delious!! Definately try it if you want a healthy tasting, sweet and salty salad!!

Made it for the first time and it is very easy and tasty as heck. I used half of the large bag of pre-cut fresh broccoli, six slices of bacon instead of eight, used pecans instead of sunflower s...

The first time I made this I followed the directions exactly. The second time I diced the bacon before cooking it, Then I mixed everything together and put it in the fridge overnight. We all l...

I made this twice. The first time was a disaster and I ended up throwing a lot of it away but the second time was excellent. I don't know what I did the first time but the sauce was very runny. ...

Lovely, I substituted 3/4 C greek yogurt plus 1/2 c. mayo, since I used a little bit more broccoli, then I added about a TBSP of pomegranate balsalmic vinegar to punch it up a bit.Yummy!

Yummy and easy to make. This dish is always a hit as a take along side dish. Substitute a raspberry vinaigrette dressing for the mayonnaise if it has to sit out for any length of time.

Best broccoli salad ever! I was hoping for leftovers, but my husband cleaned out the bowl! I didn't nor wouldn't change a thing...