This Creamy, Crunchy Broccoli Slaw Will Steal the Show at Your Next BBQ

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This year, skip the tired coleslaw and make this refreshing broccoli slaw, the perfect summer side dish! Shredded broccoli and carrots are tossed in a creamy dressing with crunchy sunflower seeds and bacon (because bacon makes every salad better).

This broccoli slaw is the perfect counterpoint to rich BBQ flavors, offering a welcome burst of freshness with every bite. Coleslaw is fine, but it gets a little tedious when served at every barbecue all summer! 

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This slaw is ridiculously easy to make. Thanks to a pre-shredded slaw mix, it comes together in minutes, making it ideal for busy summer days. Plus, its versatility is unmatched. Serve it alongside burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, or pulled pork. It will be a crowd-pleaser, especially for those like me who are bored with traditional coleslaw

In this post, we’ll cover everything from the simple ingredients to step-by-step directions. Plus, I’ll share some tips and answer any burning questions

Are you looking for more summer salads for your next cookout? Try chickpea salad, ramen noodle salad, or Amish potato salad

🥘Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sugar
  • White vinegar: Apple cider vinegar works fine too.
  • Broccoli slaw mix
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Bacon
  • Sunflower seeds
Bowls of ingredients for broccoli slaw including slaw mix, shredded cheese, sunflower seeds, bacon, mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar arranged on a white cloth.

🥣How to Make Broccoli Slaw

  1. Grab a big mixing bowl and toss in the broccoli slaw mix, cheese, bacon bits, and sunflower kernels. Give it a good stir. 
  2. Combine the mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar in a small bowl and stir.
  3. Pour the dressing over the broccoli mixture. Stir again until everything is nicely coated with the creamy, sweet, and tangy dressing.
  4. Cover the bowl and put it into the fridge for about an hour to let the flavors blend.
A bowl containing ingredients for broccoli slaw arranged in separate sections.
Mix the dry ingredients.
A bowl of mayonnaise topped with sugar and black pepper, placed on a blue and white checkered cloth.
Combine the wet ingredients.
A bowl of broccoli slaw with carrots, purple cabbage, and bacon, topped with a creamy dressing, on a blue and white checkered cloth.
Pour the dressing on top of slaw.

🍴Serving Ideas

Broccoli slaw is versatile and plays nicely with almost anything. Got some grilled chicken or steak on the menu? Scoop some slaw on the side and watch it disappear. It’s also a hit at potlucks—just be ready for the recipe requests!

You can also pile it high on top of a juicy burger or pulled pork sandwich for a delicious crunch. It also makes a fresh, crisp filling for tacos

You can substitute broccoli slaw almost anywhere you’d serve coleslaw. I especially like it on a Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joe, since it contrasts beautifully with the spicy chicken.

For your next cookout try red cabbage slaw for another fun twist on classic coleslaw. Or make a watermelon feta salad for a fruity treat.

💭How to Store

Any leftover slaw should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge. It will stay happy and delicious for 3-5 days. I find it keeps longer than regular coleslaw because broccoli holds up better than cabbage.

Just stir it quickly before serving it again to redistribute the dressing. The sunflower seeds and bacon will be less crisp after a day or so, but you can always throw a few more on top if you like.

A bowl of Broccoli Slaw


Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • For the crispiest, most flavorful bacon bits, I like to cook them in the air fryer. It gets them perfectly crispy without all the grease splatter.
  • When you first make this, I recommend tasting the dressing as you go. The sweetness can be a bit much for some, so start with less sugar and add more if desired
  • This salad needs an hour of chilling time for the best flavor.
  • I suggest using a pre-shredded broccoli slaw mix. The mix usually includes a colorful array of shredded broccoli stems, carrots, and red cabbage. It gives you a veggie rainbow and saves time shredding broccoli florets in your food processor.

📝Reader Questions

Can I make broccoli slaw with a different dressing? 

Absolutely! Experiment with Greek yogurt or a vinaigrette if mayo isn’t your thing.

Is broccoli slaw healthy? 

It’s packed with fiber from the veggies and protein from the bacon and sunflower kernels. Plus, you can always adjust the dressing to fit your dietary needs.

Can I add other veggies to the slaw?

This slaw is like a blank canvas. For a sweet twist, add shredded carrots, red onion, or apple.

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Broccoli Slaw Recipe

Published By Anne
Broccoli Slaw is a refreshing and flavorful side dish for your summer BBQs. Packed with crisp broccoli, crunchy sunflower seeds, and a creamy dressing, this slaw is the perfect with smoky grilled meats.
Prep Time10 minutes
Chill time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8
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  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 16 ounces broccoli slaw mix
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 5 strips bacon cooked and finely chopped
  • ½ cup sunflower kernels


  • Add the broccoli slaw mix, cheddar cheese, cooked bacon, and sunflower kernels to a large bowl. Stir to mix.
    16 ounces broccoli slaw mix, 1 cup cheddar cheese, 5 strips bacon, ½ cup sunflower kernels
  • Combine the mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar in a separate bowl.
    1 cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup sugar, 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • Pour the dressing over the top of the slaw ingredients and stir to coat.
  • Cover the bowl and chill for at least one hour before serving.


  • When you first make this, I recommend tasting the dressing as you go. The sweetness can be a bit much for some, so start with less sugar and add more if you want it. 
  • This salad needs an hour of chilling time for the best flavor.
  • I suggest using a pre-shredded broccoli slaw mix. The mix usually includes a colorful array of shredded broccoli stalks, carrots, and red cabbage. It is a great time saver.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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