Broccoli Sunshine Salad

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Last Updated on August 3, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

Broccoli Sunshine Salad adds dried apricots to a traditional broccoli salad for a great taste. This sunshine salad recipe is so addicting, that it will be your favorite picnic salad to make. You will be glad that you made this recipe for sunshine salad

Broccoli Sunshine Salad

So this post is one my older posts I decided to update with new photos. I really love this salad and also it is one the first recipes I made in my new place. Also, it was taking the new photos that I discovered a new way to light my “photo studio”. In other words, the lighting in this condo is much better than my old apartment.

Seeing the old photo on here, I can see how far I have come in my photography. Here let me show you, this was the old photo:


Big difference.  I told you change is very good. Now, since this is an old post, I decided I want to keep the old words that I originally posted on this post. I just wanted to do the into and add the new photos. So all the words after this sentence are the original post, so enjoy the updated photos.

  • Broccoli Sunshine Salad

Broccoli Sunshine Salad adds dried apricots to a traditional broccoli salad for a great taste that you will love. 

Life has ups and downs. Sometimes the downs make no sense as to why they happen like they do. One of my low points I had in my life was my divorce and dealing with what happened to me in the marriage and why my ex-did what he did. Years later, after that, someone told me a saying that really helped me. I like to share that saying with you, it very insightful, especially when your what they call a “starter wife” like I was, and like many women unfortunately become.

“You are a rare find, like a diamond. You have many faucets, beautiful, and have a shine and brilliance like no other. Your ex never realized what a rare find he had, he was afraid of that shine and instead of treasuring it, he hid it away from himself and the world. Eventually his fear threw the diamond away. One day he realized what a find he truly had, so he knew it was lost, so tried to replace it. Eventually he settles on cubic zirconium. Cubic zirconium looks just like a diamond, it can be pretty, it can even have a sparkle like a diamond. However, when you really look at that cubic zirconium and get up close with it, you realize, you can see right through it. It has no facets, it is only cut glass, an imitation diamond.”

I decided to bring this up because I know someone who is going through a very hard time right now, I told her this saying. It helped her like it helped me in realizing we are special, we are unique, and we are diamonds. We end up with some who just don’t see how beautiful we really are until we are gone, the replacement they try to find is just your copy, like a cubic zirconium.

Broccoli Sunshine Salad adds dried apricots to a traditional broccoli salad for a great taste that you will love. 

I think we forget how special we really are, sometimes in the stress of the roller coaster of life, we simply forget this fact. So, just remember, you are a diamond. You can make yourself sparkle with the faucets you have within yourself. Sometimes to help our sparkle we do things that help us feel the sparkle, like getting our hair done, going to the gym, or simply making changes like re-decorating an apartment. No matter what it is, it all things to make your sparkle shine through your faucets.

Broccoli Sunshine Salad adds dried apricots to a traditional broccoli salad for a great taste that you will love. 


One of my shining faucets is my redecorating my apartment, but it also made some healthy changes. My work has this weekly bushel of vegetables you can get from farmers. I decided for the month of June, I want to eat only fresh items. No cans, no process, only fresh. So the Farmer’s Market will be my best friend in June.

Broccoli Sunshine Salad adds dried apricots to a traditional broccoli salad for a great taste that you will love. 


I got my first bushel and was surprised by how much I got in it. One thing was broccoli. Only the bag said use by THAT DAY. Oh wow, I need to use this now! Broccoli salad was the only thing came to mind because it was a lot of broccoli, and I live by myself.  I decided to mix it up, I like broccoli salad, but I wanted something a bit different. So I saw 3 recipes, each was very different. I decided to combine all three and I came up with this great tasting broccoli Sunshine Salad recipe to use up my broccoli.

Broccoli Sunshine Salad adds dried apricots to a traditional broccoli salad for a great taste that you will love. 

Try these other recipes:

Fall Apple Salad With Chocolate Vinaigrette is a simple salad that combines apples, walnuts, and a Chocolate Vinaigrette that has Just Hemp oil it to make burst with flavor.

Fall Apple Salad


Caprese Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a healthy, flavorful dish that will not wreck a diet and is perfect for the hot summer months. 

Caprese Stuffed Zucchini Boats


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Sunshine Broccali Salad
Yield: 8 servings

Sunshine Broccoli Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Broccoli Sunshine Salad adds dried apricots to a traditional broccoli salad for a great taste that you will love. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen.


  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 1/2 cup chopped apricots
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 4 strips of bacon (fried crisp and crumbled)
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


  1. Chop up the broccoli and put into your bowl.
  2. Toss the broccoli with the raisins, bacon, apricots, and sunflower seeds.
  3. Whisk the mayo, sugar, and vinegar together until smooth and well mixed.
  4. Pour the dressing over the broccoli mixture, and mix up well.
  5. Let it chill then serve it up and ENJOY!


When I recreated the photos for this recipe, I did use bagged broccoli salad, which I find easier to use instead chopping up broccoli. It is a great shortcut to use.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 1211mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 6g

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  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    May 30, 2014

    Yum! Broccoli is one of my favourite vegetables! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe and for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! xx

  • Mattias Kroon
    May 30, 2014

    Yeah, a diamond must be sharpened and gets its shape form the experience in life, the metaphor understood.

  • April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    May 31, 2014

    Your story is such a lovely metaphor and very encouraging for anyone going through a tough time. Love the salad, have pinned it and will share 🙂

  • Tina
    August 13, 2017

    I Love salad ideas, because, I need to eat more veggies. Thanks for this! Looks fantastic:)

  • Kavey Favelle
    August 14, 2017

    I love all the colours and textures and contrasting flavours in this. It really looks like a big bowl of sunshine!

  • Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes
    August 14, 2017

    I’ve been updating old posts too. It is great to hear that you’re progressing on your photos, and you’ve come to a healthy place about your previous relationship. Good for you!

  • Diana
    August 14, 2017

    What a lovely summer salad! I love to have such colourful and light salads during the summer.

  • Amy @ The Cook Report
    August 14, 2017

    Love this combo! Anything with bacon is good with me

  • Jagruti
    August 14, 2017

    The Sunshine in a bowl, yes please and that too with so many amazing flavours. Salad looks so nice!

  • Olivia
    March 25, 2018

    YUM!!! I love this salad I ate the whole bowl. I was that addicted to it!