This Broccoli Salad with Bacon is a delicious and easy side dish that will complement any meal! It is made with mouthwatering fresh broccoli, crispy bacon, and a tangy dressing that is bursting with flavor. This salad is perfect for family dinners and potlucks, as you can also make it ahead of time!
Take your broccoli salad up a notch by adding crispy bacon! It's also made with cheddar cheese, sliced almonds, red onion, and a delicious tangy dressing that is sure to please any crowd.
You can enjoy broccoli salad with bacon as a side dish or on its own.
- Broccoli Florets - You’ll want to use fresh broccoli. This would equal about 2 large crowns of broccoli.
- Bacon - Be sure to cook, and chop the bacon into bite-size pieces.
- Sliced Almonds - They add an additional layer of flavor to this recipe, and a nice crunch as well.
- Shredded Cheddar - The cheddar adds great flavor to the salad. Feel free to try this with different cheeses.
- Red Onion - The onion adds a nice zest to this recipe, along with some nice vibrant color!
- Mayonnaise - This will be the base for the salad dressing.
- Sweetener - If you’re not worried about the carbs, feel free to use regular sugar.
- White Vinegar - This gives the salad dressing a nice tangy flavor.
- Salt and Pepper - We’re keeping the seasonings simple here, as the salad is already bursting with flavor!
How to make Broccoli Salad with bacon
Start by adding the broccoli, chopped bacon, almonds, cheddar, and red onion to a large mixing bowl.
Next, make the dressing. In a separate small bowl mix the mayonnaise, sweetener, and vinegar to make the salad dressing. Season it with a little salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the salad dressing over the salad.
Toss the broccoli salad with the dressing, until everything is evenly coated. Cover, and refrigerate for one hour prior to serving.
- How do you cut broccoli for a salad? You simply cut the stems from the crown of the broccoli. Then, cut the broccoli florets into bite-size pieces.
- Can you use frozen broccoli? No, you shouldn't use frozen broccoli to make broccoli salad. This will result in soggy broccoli once the broccoli is thawed. For best results, use fresh broccoli.
- Do you have to blanch the broccoli? No, there is no need to blanch the broccoli for this recipe! In fact, you want to be sure to use fresh crisp broccoli. The salad dressing will moisten the broccoli just a little bit while still leaving it crunchy.
How to store
Broccoli salad lasts for up to 4 days when stored in the fridge. Simply store it in an airtight container. If you are making the salad in advance, I recommend adding the bacon right before it's time to serve the salad. This way, the bacon will still be crispy when it's time to serve the salad.
What to serve with Broccoli salad
Broccoli salad can be served on its own or as a side dish. It would pair well with grilled chicken, Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Wings, or these delicious Air Fryer Brats. A lot of times, I just eat it on its own because it's that good and full of protein!
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For the salad
- 5 cups fresh broccoli florets, (about 2 crowns)
- 1 cup bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
For the dressing
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sweetener or white sugar
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Add the broccoli, bacon, almonds, cheddar, and red onion to a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sweetener, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
- Add the mayonnaise salad dressing mixture to the broccoli salad and toss to combine. Be sure that the entire salad is evenly coated.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour, and then serve.
- You may add the bacon to the salad after it's done refrigerating in order to avoid the bacon getting soggy.
- For low carb broccoli salad, use a sweetener like Swerve.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 786mgCarbohydrates: 11gNet Carbohydrates: 6gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 17g
Kay is passionate about living a healthy low carb lifestyle. She loves low carb comfort foods that are also family-friendly!