This broccoli and bacon salad is a potluck classic. Brimming with crisp vegetables, smoky bacon, shredded cheese and coated in a tangy dressing, you can expect this to be a crowd pleaser!
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What is Broccoli and Bacon Salad
Broccoli and Bacon Salad is a hearty salad option featuring broccoli florets as the main filler rather than lettuce. This cold broccoli salad features an exceptional range of textures from crunchy onions and almonds to creamy shreds of cheese. The crumbled bits of crispy bacon really infuse the salad with a smoky flavor that you can taste in each bite.
Suffice it to say, it is a crowd pleaser.
Dressing for Broccoli and Bacon Salad
The creamy dressing for my Broccoli and Bacon Salad is easy to whip up from scratch. It consists of a mixture of mayo, red wine vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. There aren't any cooking skills needed to craft this tangy dressing, it simply needs to be mixed together.
How to Make Broccoli and Bacon Salad
The only cooking required for this recipe is the bacon. Pan fry the bacon until it is crisp, then remove it from the grease and crumble it once it is cool enough to handle. The remaining ingredients just need to be chopped, or shredded and combined together. Feel free to customize this recipe to fit your tastes, for example, making this a broccoli cauliflower and bacon salad would be a fantastic modification as well.
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As stated, this broccoli and bacon salad makes a great dish to bring to your next potluck, however, if you are looking for more ideas try a classic macaroni salad, or chicken liver pate (don't knock it till you try it!). If you are looking for another fresh alternative, try my avocado black bean salad, or go in a different direction and bring a dip like my Cheddar dill pickle dip.
Broccoli and Bacon Salad with Cheese
- 8 slices Bacon
- 9-10 cups Broccoli florets (2 heads)
- 1 ½ cups shredded Mild Cheddar cheese
- ½ large Red Onion chopped
- ½ cup Sliced Almonds
- 1 cup Mayonnaise
- ¼ cup Red Wine Vinegar
- 2 tablespoon Sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh Lemon Juice
- Fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Cook bacon until crisp, drain from fat and crumble. Add to large bowl.
- Add broccoli florets, cheese, chopped onion, and sliced almonds to the bowl.
- In a separate dish, mix together mayo, vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, salt and pepper and whisk to combine.
- Add dressing to the bowl with salad and toss to combine.
This recipe was originally published on FoxValleyFoodie.com January 12, 2017.
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