Broccoli Sunshine Salad: Sweet & Salty Cold Summer Salad

This is one of my favorite camping salads to take to potlucks and picnics. My Broccoli Sunshine Salad is the perfect side dish for grilled meats and sandwiches. It is so yummy, broccoli-haters will be converted into fans after one bite!

Broccoli Sunshine Salad by CampingForFoodies features a bowl filled with a colorful salad with green broccoli, red onion, crispy brown bacon, sweet raisins and sunflower seeds all tossed in a simple homemade dressing ready to be served at the campsite.

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Recipe Prep

This recipe has just a small amount of prep work to do. You’ll cut up a bit of broccoli and dice some onion.

Cooking Methods & Equipment

The only cooking that is required is frying some bacon. You can use a skillet or cast iron griddle over a campfire or camp stove. You can even make it at home in your oven and just keep it refrigerated until you are ready to assemble the salad.

Recipe Steps

Step 1. Prepare your ingredients, heat source and equipment as directed.

Step 2. Fry the bacon, let drain and cool then crumble and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Step 3. Combine the veggies. Combine broccoli, onion and raisins in a large bowl, mixing to combine all of the ingredients. Cold salads are one of my favorite ways to eat camping vegetables.

Step 4. Make the dressing by blending the vinegar, sugar and mayo.

Step 5. Pour the dressing over the broccoli mixture, stirring to completely combine the salad and the dressing. Set in refrigerator or cooler until ready to serve. Try to allow the flavors to marry for at least 2 hours, if possible or several days if you want to prepare as part of your make ahead camping meals.

Step 6. Right before serving, add the bacon and sunflower seeds to the salad, mixing to combine all the ingredients. Top with cheddar cheese, if desired and serve cold.


  • I like using regular seedless sweet raisins but golden raisins and cranberries are fine too.
  • If you don’t have white wine vinegar, you can substitute apple cider vinegar.
  • To reduce the fat content, use light mayo instead of full fat mayonnaise.
  • If you don’t want to use refined sugar, use 1 tablespoon of honey.
  • If you don’t have mayo, you can substitute with sour cream, just add a little more sugar to the dressing.
  • This broccoli sunshine salad has great texture but if you want to give it a little more crunch, add a handful of chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts.

What To Serve With This Recipe

Some people refer to this recipe as a Sunny Broccoli Salad because it is a wonderful cold summertime side dish that is a gluten free camping food option. It pairs well with these main dish recipes. This Grilled Flat Iron Camping Steak is main dish that works really well with a cold salad.

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Scaling Servings

You can make this recipe several days in advance and just keep refrigerated until ready to serve. That’s what makes it a great side salad when serving easy camping meals for large groups.

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Broccoli Sunshine Salad by CampingForFoodies features a bowl filled with a colorful salad with green broccoli, red onion, crispy brown bacon, sweet raisins and sunflower seeds all tossed in a simple homemade dressing ready to be served at the campsite.

Broccoli Sunshine Salad

Camping For Foodies Sides Camping Recipes: This is the best broccoli salad recipe, it’s a sweet and salty cold summer salad.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Sides Camping Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Refrigerated Flavor Marrying Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 496kcal
Author: Kim Hanna


  • 15 slices bacon
  • 1 head broccoli cut florets into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet raisins
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle with cheddar cheese for serving optional


  • Prepare your ingredients, heat source and equipment as directed.
  • In large skillet, thoroughly cook bacon over medium high heat until crispy.
  • Remove bacon from pan and set on plate lined with paper towels to drain. Once cool, crumble and set aside. Camp Cooking Tip: I like to make the bacon while making breakfast so all of the cooking is done for this broccoli salad recipe. Then, I just have to assemble the raw salad later in the day or even the next day.
  • In a large bowl, combine fresh broccoli florets, onion and raisins, mixing to fully blend the ingredients.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar and mayonnaise to make the homemade dressing.
  • Stir the dressing ingredients with the broccoli mixture, toss until completely combined.
  • Chill in refrigerator or cooler until ready to serve, at least two hours for best flavor and texture. This recipe can be made several days in advance as well.
  • Toss the bacon and sunflower seeds with the salad and dressing immediately before serving. You want them to stay crunchy rather than get too soggy by sitting in the dressing.
  • Sprinkle with cheddar cheese, if desired. Serve cold.


Serving: 6g | Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 22g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 281mg | Potassium: 584mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 667IU | Vitamin C: 92mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Wow, I think you just made brocoli salad edible! Keep em coming.

    1. Kim Hanna says:

      So glad you liked it! Looking forward to trying some of your favorites too!