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Broccoli & Bacon Salad.

Broccoli & Bacon Salad with Apples, Raisins, Sunflower Seeds in a Honey Apple Cider Vinaigrette.


I made this salad for my friend’s baby brunch a couple of months ago. There are a lot of broccoli salad recipes out there that are super heavy and covered in mayo, so I wanted to make a lighter version that still had all the great flavors. This salad is sweet, savory, crunchy and very delish! The honey apple cider vinaigrette adds a subtle tang that brings it all together.

Serves ~5.


  • 4 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 5 sliced center cut bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1 Fiji apple, diced
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • black pepper/sea salt to taste

Begin by cooking the broccoli. Heat a large pot of water and once boiling, add the broccoli and boil for 1 minute. Drain the broccoli and run it under cold water for 1-2 minutes so help stop the cooking. Once cooled, line a large bowl with paper towel and put the broccoli in the bowl, gently using the paper towel to remove any excess water.

In a mixing bowl, add the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey and mayonnaise and whisk well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Put the broccoli in a serving bowl and add the bacon, apples, sunflower seeds and raisins. Pour the dressing over top and toss to combine.






One Comment Post a comment
  1. this looks amazing! I love salad ideas that aren’t just standard lettuce with toppings.
    xoxo K

    April 10, 2015

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