One of our favorite summer time salads and it is an easy salad to make! Broccoli salad with bacon has a sweet but tangy dressing and is a cookout classic.
This is one of our favorites here and I get asked to make it as soon as the weather starts to get warmer. This makes enough for us to have a couple nights in a row as a side dish to go with grilled dishes like parmesan grilled boneless chicken thighs or grilled boneless pork chops.
Everybody has a different way of making broccoli salad. Some people put almonds in it, some add bacon and some not. We put bacon and cheese in ours along with making it a little sweeter then some other recipes.
This recipe uses fresh broccoli and we recommend buying the crowns when making it being they are probably more cost effective. You will be using mostly the florets and not the bulk of the stalks.
An important tip: fresh broccoli should be washed thoroughly and we recommend soaking it in a vinegar/water mix for at least 10 minutes before rinsing. This will be sure to get rid of any pests that might be in the broccoli.
Frequently asked questions
Yes it can! It actually tastes better after sitting in the fridge for a few hours. Wait until close to serving to add the bacon and cheese tho.
It will last for up to 4 days in the fridge. The broccoli will get a softer texture and so will the bacon after sitting in the fridge, but it will still be good for up to 4 days.
No the salad is made with raw broccoli, not steamed or cooked.
How do you cut broccoli for salad?
You want to remove most of the stalk to the broccoli. The stalk is a bit more crunchy and harder to eat raw the further from the floret it is. Try to leave no more then an inch of the stalk on the florets.
You also want to make sure the broccoli florets are bite sized and not too large. I try to make them small enough so kids can eat them without any problems, especially if you are going to a cookout with your salad.
The shredded cheese can be the bagged shredded cheese. Shredded cheese in a bag doesn't have all the moisture that freshly shredded cheese. The bagged cheese loses some of it's moisture. It's ok to have a dryer cheese in this salad.
Another great option for bacon is the precooked bacon. This is usually in the refrigerator section in your local supermarket. It's often right next to the raw bacon. It is a great alternative if you do not want to cook bacon before adding it. It is not crunchy like fresh cooked bacon but it does taste good in broccoli salad with bacon.
Mix the broccoli, carrots and onions together. Mix your dressing and add it to the broccoli mix. Allow to sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving. Wait to add the bacon and cheese until right before serving. Their texture will be better if you add it just before serving.
Other great side salads
Broccoli Salad with Bacon
- 2 pounds broccoli crowns, see notes
- ½ cup red onion chopped finely
- 1 carrot shredded, about ½ cup
- ½ cup shredded cheese cheddar recommended
- 3 ounces bacon pieces
- 1⅓ cup mayo
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- ½ cup sugar
- Cut the florets off the broccoli crowns and make sure the florets are in bite sized pieces.
- In a medium sized bowl mix mayo, red wine vinegar and sugar. Set aside.
- Add the shredded carrot and finely chopped red onion to the broccoli and stir well.
- Pour the dressing over the broccoli mix and stir well.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (highly recommended)
- Remove from the fridge and stir in cheese and bacon. Stir well and serve.Dressing will settle and you may need to stir again before scooping on plates if it sits for a few minutes.