Tasty Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Tasty Broccoli Salad with Bacon

ben May 9, 2018 0

Whip up a homemade take on a deli favorite with this fast and fresh recipe for The Best Broccoli Salad with Bacon.

Tasty Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Broccoli Salad with bacon … and grapes? And cheese? And almonds? And has she lost her dang mind?

Sounds strange, right? But one taste of this updated take on a deli counter classic and I guarantee you will be hooked on this family favorite recipe for all of your summer barbecue, fall fest, winter potluck and spring shenanigan needs!

Tasty Broccoli Salad with Bacon

It truly is a 365-days-a-year recipe that transforms a boring ol’ cruciferous veggie into a real stunner of a side dish. And it just so happens to embody every essential textural component and flavor profile to create the perfect balance of all things creamy, crunchy, sweet and savory.

Tasty Broccoli Salad with Bacon

As straightforward as this recipe is (we’re talking make dressing, dump on ingredients, stir), there is one step—or I should say, lack of step—that will designate whether this recipe really does earn the title of “The Best Broccoli Salad” or rather “Just Your Ordinary Broccoli Salad.” And that comes down to one word: blanch.

Tasty Broccoli Salad with Bacon

As in, “Absolutely, positively do not blanch the broccoli!”

What happens when you blanch the broccoli (either in an attempt to brighten its color or slightly tenderize it), is that you inevitably cannot dry it well enough to avoid any excess water from entering the equation. And water + this super-creamy dressing = not BFFs.

So save yourself the time, save the planet a little water, and just keep things simple with good ol’ raw and maybe not-so-vibrant but definitely, definitely the best broccoli salad (with bacon … and grapes … and cheese … and almonds).

Tasty Broccoli Salad with Bacon

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The Best Broccoli Salad with Bacon


  • 3 medium heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 cups red grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons whole or nonfat milk
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

In a large bowl, stir together the broccoli florets, sliced scallions, diced red onion, shredded mozzarella cheese and grapes.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, white vinegar and milk. Taste and season the dressing with salt and pepper.

Add the dressing to the bowl with the broccoli, tossing to combine, then stir in the sliced almonds and crumbled bacon. Serve immediately or store, covered, in the fridge until ready to serve.

Kelly’s Note:

It’s best to make this salad a day in advance and store it, covered, in the fridge to allow the flavors to develop.

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Nutrition Facts

The Best Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Amount Per Serving

Calories 257 Calories from Fat 153

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 17g 26%

Saturated Fat 4g 20%

Cholesterol 22mg 7%

Sodium 248mg 10%

Potassium 415mg 12%

Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%

Dietary Fiber 3g 12%

Sugars 13g

Protein 8g 16%

Vitamin A 12.6%

Vitamin C 88.1%

Calcium 12.8%

Iron 5.9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.