Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Crunchy deli style fresh broccoli salad with bacon is a classic summer gathering side dish.  Just follow these easy step by step photo instructions.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan

Ingredients

  • 6-8 cups broccoli trimmed
  • 8 strips bacon
  • 1 red onion one medium
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup sharp cheddar small cubes

Optional

  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes halves
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons white vinegar

Instructions

  • Washing and trimming the broccoli. Trim off the florets off and cut smaller if needed.
  • Don't throw the stem away. Trim off the leaves, and the tough peel then cut into 1/2 inch cubes. You need 6-8 cups for a full recipe. That is 3 medium heads or 2 large heads.
  • Cut up 6-8 slices of bacon and cook until crispy over medium-high heat. About 5 minutes. Drain the bacon on a paper towel.
  • Additional ingredients: 1/2 cup (one medium) red onion chopped.  1/4 to 1/2 cup sharp cheddar in small cubes. Optional: A half cup of sliced cherry tomatoes, golden raisins, diced carrot, diced celery, or dried cranberries Or add some nuts: toasted sunflower seeds, almonds, or pecans would add a great touch.
  • Optional: A half cup of sliced cherry tomatoes, golden raisins, diced carrot, diced celery, or dried cranberries Or add some nuts: toasted sunflower seeds, almonds, or pecans would add a great touch.
  • Make a dressing with 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1-2 tablespoons white vinegar and 1-2 tablespoons sugar. Vary the sugar and vinegar for your taste. Mix well then combine with all other ingredients.

Notes

Pro Tips:

  1. This is a very easy recipe to scale down or up for your needs.
  2. The broccoli needs to be the freshest possible. The older it is, the dryer it will taste.
  3. A medium head of broccoli will yield about 2 cups or a little more broccoli for this recipe. So three medium heads or two large heads will be fine as written.
  4. A half cup of sliced cherry tomatoes, golden raisins, diced carrot, diced celery, or dried cranberries all are good additions.
  5. Nuts will add some nice crunch. So a half cup of toasted sunflower seeds, almonds, or pecans would add a great touch.
  6. This is an excellent recipe to cut down or increase in size. So make it for your family or a crowd.
  7. Good refrigerated for about 3 days.
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Nutrition

Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 394mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 69.3mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 0.9mg