Lulu’s Famous Broccoli Salad


Hi there– I’m pretty sure you’ve had some version of Broccoli Salad– me too.  But this one is my favorite.  Got the recipe from my sis, Lulu.  She served up this broccoli salad last summer at our Laurel’s wedding and it was the best!  (The secret is not a secret ingredient– it’s chopping the broccoli fine to soak up all the dressing).

3 pounds of broccoli, stems trimmed off and chopped to small bits
12 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled to tiny pieces
3 oz. sunflower seeds
1/2 red onion, chopped fine

2 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 cup sugar

Mix together the broccoli, bacon, sunflower seeds and red onion.

In another bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar.  When you’re ready to serve it up, stir the dressing and broccoli mixture together.   Delish!


P.S. This recipe above is not the one we actually made– here’s her original version, meant to serve 70 people! (She used to be a caterer!)

10 to 12 ponds of broccoli< chopped fine
3 pounds bacon, cooked & crumbled (or 1 Costco size bag precooked bacon crumbles!)
1  1/2 7oz. jar sunflower seeds
2 red onions, chopped fine

1/2 gallon jar of mayonnaise
4 cups sugar
1 cup apple cider vinegar

So next time you’re feeding a really big crowd–here’s your super broccoli recipe!!

Here’s my sis Lulu and me at Laurel and John’s Wisconsin Wedding in the Woods last August.  She and her husband Ted cooked up meals for the 120 wedding guests!!  Thanks Lulu!!


24 thoughts on “Lulu’s Famous Broccoli Salad

  1. This is so similar to the version we have used for many years…mine also has red grapes in it. so good and everyone loves it! Making me hungry!

    • She’s the best sis– We’re cooking together for Thanksgiving– so much fun to cook & talk & snack with her in the kitchen. Happy Thanksgiving to you all there Lacey– I’m so thankful for you, and the chance to get to know you and your dear family over time– you are so warm and bright and such a good mom. hugs!

  2. Yum! I love broccoli salad and the bacon adds great flavour. If you have any ideas on how to create the same salad without meat I’d love to know. It would be great for my vegetarian daughter to make an equally flavourful salad without the bacon. Hope you are having a good week. 😊

    • Hey Cindy! I’ve made a similar broccoli salad with blueberries and little chunks of orange– It was bright and fresh tasting. Or cheese would add the saltiness in place of bacon. Fun to hear from you!! xox

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