1 large head broccoli (about 4 cups chopped pieces)
6 to 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled - optional
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup raisins - optional
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese - optional
1/2 cup sunflower seeds - optional
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Trim off the large broccoli leaves. Remove the tough stalk at the end and wash and dry broccoli head thoroughly. Cut the head into bite size florets and the stem into bite-size pieces. Place in a large bowl. Add the crumbled bacon, onion, raisins, and cheese.
In a small bowl, combine the dressing ingredients, stir well. Pour over the broccoli mixture and toss gently.
Sprinkle the sunflower seeds (or any nut you might like) over the top of the salad just before serving.