Broccoli Salad with Red Grapes, Bacon, and Sunflower Seeds


This broccoli salad with grapes is a refreshing yet hearty family recipe that has been adopted by all 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!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 8 slices bacon

  • cup sunflower seed kernels

  • 1 large head broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved

  • cup diced red onion

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Crumble 7 slices of bacon; mix with sunflower seeds in a resealable plastic bag and set aside.

  2. Combine broccoli, grapes, and onion in a large bowl.

  3. Whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and pepper together in a separate bowl; crumble remaining slice of bacon and fold into dressing.

  4. Pour dressing over broccoli mixture; toss to coat evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for flavors to blend, about 2 hours. Sprinkle bacon-sunflower seed mixture over salad before serving; mix well.


We sometimes substitute the sunflower seeds with chopped pecans or toasted sliced almonds.

We always add the crumbled bacon and sunflower seed mixture when it's time to serve. That way, it stays nice and crunchy which enhances the overall texture and flavor of the dish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

327 Calories
29g Fat
13g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 382mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 40mg 201%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 279mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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