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Broccoli Salad Recipe with Bacon, Pumpkin Seeds, and Dried Cherries

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Broccoli salad is the perfect side dish for outdoor entertaining this summer. My broccoli salad recipe includes crispy bacon, sunflower seeds, and dried cherries tossed in an easy to make dressing.

Make THE BEST Broccoli Salad by adding bacon, dried cherries instead of cranberries, and sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds to make a healthy side dish recipe.

Only a few more days and the summer season officially begins. I love the long days spent at the pool followed by a cookout for dinner. We are lucky enough to be able to use our grill year round, but we use it quite a bit in the summer. I let my husband grill up the meat while I focus on making cool side dishes.  One of my favorite summer side dishes is broccoli salad.

I had broccoli salad for the first time just a few years ago. I don’t recall it being a common dish to pass at potlucks in the midwest but I may have just ignored it. I see it all the time at parties now, though, and I love it.  I’ve been meaning to create my own version of broccoli salad and I finally got around to it.  

There seems to be three main ingredients in every broccoli salad – broccoli, bacon, and red onions and of course the dressing. But after that, you can add whatever you want. Some people add cheese but I’m not a fan of raw cheese so I skipped it.  So I added pumpkin seeds, diced dried apricots, and dried cherries.  

I also went a little heavy on the bacon. I cooked up about three-fourths of the package of Hormel Foods BLACK LABEL® Bacon.  Hormel’s Black Label bacon comes in several varieties like fully cooked bacon, thick cut bacon and even Canadian bacon. I used the traditional bacon, but you could use pre-cooked to make this salad even quicker and easier to make. I love that Hormel helps make this salad quick, easy, affordable and tasty.

The dressing on the salad is just perfect. It’s just enough to coat the ingredients, but it’s not drowning in it. I used red wine vinegar, but you could substitute any vinegar.

Making the broccoli salad is super easy.  You just toss all the ingredients in a large bowl and coat with the dressing.  The salad can be served immediately or chilled for later.

Check out Hormel’s website for more Easy Recipe Ideas and subscribe to the Hormel Newsletter for coupons and entertaining suggestions.   Hormel would love to see what recipes you’re creating with their Black Label Bacon! Share your ideas to the Hormel Facebook page and share them on Pinterest, too.

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Broccoli Salad Recipe with Bacon, Pumpkin Seeds, and Dried Cherries

Broccoli Salad Recipe with Bacon, Pumpkin Seeds, and Dried Cherries


  • Florets only from 2 heads broccoli
  • 1 package Hormel Black Label Bacon (pre-cooked or traditional)
  • 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 2/3 cup mayo
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. If using traditional or thick cut bacon, cook bacon until crispy and crumble.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, toss together the broccoli, onions, bacon, pumpkin seeds, and cherries. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together mayo, sugar, vinegar and salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the dressing over the broccoli and bacon mixture. Toss to coat.
  5. Serve salad immediately or chill until ready to serve.

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  • Joann Woolley
    June 7, 2015

    It’s all about the bacon! I never would think to put broccoli and bacon together – but I bet it is good!

  • maria magdalena
    June 4, 2015

    Thank you for linking your recipe to Creative K Kid’s Tasty Tuesdays’ party. I have pinned your post to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest board. I definitely have to try to make this salad ^_^

  • Gail Akeman
    June 1, 2015

    Thank you joining the Small victories linkup. Please join again. pinned to the group board.