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5 from 4 votes

Easy Southern Broccoli Salad Recipe

Easy Southern Broccoli Salad is a healthy, make-ahead, delicious, cold salad, loaded with fresh broccoli, cranberries, pecans, cheese, tomatoes, and bacon!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Dish, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: recipe for broccoli salad, how to make southern broccoli salad
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 333kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby


  • 3 stalks broccoli
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/2 cup pecans toasted
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper


  • Rinse and drain the broccoli. Cut off the stalks and cut the florets into small bite-size pieces.
  • Place the broccoli in a large bowl. Add the bacon, cranberries, cheese, cherry tomatoes and pecans. Toss to combine. Set aside.
  • Combine the mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Pour the dressing over the broccoli and toss gently to coat all of the ingredients with the dressing.
  • Can be served immediately, but this salad is best if covered and refrigerated for up to 24-hours before serving to allow the flavors to develop.




Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 437mg | Potassium: 329mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 67.7mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 1.3mg