Broccoli Salad Recipe

No need to pre-cook your broccoli in this delicious recipe. An easy dressing, flavorful add-ins, and a make ahead technique make this the perfect side.

An easy to make broccoli salad that doesn’t require you to pre-cook the vegetables. Just mix it up, let it chill, and serve! Popular at any barbecue or summer party.

broccoli salad with bacon and raisins in large red bowl

Why you’ll love this recipe

Even if the ingredients seem like a weird combination, this is a side dish that’s guaranteed to disappear at your next party.

The best part about it? This recipe doesn’t require you to blanch the broccoli. You’ll find that simply mixing up the dressing with raw broccoli ahead of time softens it just fine.

Why make life hard, right?

Here’s how to make it.


raw broccoli, raisins, red onion, sugar, mayonnaise, and cider vinegar on marble
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 6 cups broccoli raw, florets only
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 3/4 cup raisins

Step by step broccoli salad

process shots of cooking broccoli, mixing dressing, adding raisins and onion, and adding crumbled bacon

This recipe is so easy!

The most time consuming part is cooking the bacon. We will do that first and set it aside.

The next step is to make the dressing. You might as well make it in a big bowl so you can serve the broccoli salad right out of it. Mix the mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar, then add the chopped onion and raisins.

Next add the raw broccoli and stir everything well.

Pop it in the fridge for 2-5 hours so the flavors combine and the broccoli softens slightly.

Right before serving, add the bacon and mix it up.

That’s it!

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Classic Broccoli Salad (with Raw Broccoli!)

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No need to pre-cook your broccoli in this delicious recipe. An easy dressing, flavorful add-ins, and a make ahead technique make this the perfect side.
Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
chilling:3 hrs
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  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 6 cups broccoli raw, florets only
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 3/4 cup raisins


  • Cook the bacon in a skillet on medium-low heat until crisp. Set aside on paper towel-lined plate to drain. When the bacon is cool, crumble and refrigerate.
  • Combine the ingredients for the dressing (mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar) in a large mixing bowl or serving bowl. Add the raisins, red onion, and broccoli. Stir well to combine. Cover and place in fridge for at least 2 hours, up to 6.
  • Mix in the crumbled bacon before serving.


For a fall broccoli salad: try adding chopped pecans and substituting dried cranberries for the raisins.
Any leftovers will be good for about 24 hours.


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 343mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 443IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: raw broccoli salad, southern broccoli salad
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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Enjoy this simple, easy recipe!

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