The BEST Broccoli Salad

The BEST Broccoli Salad Recipe! Loaded with crispy bacon, red onion and shredded cheddar cheese. Tossed in a creamy, tangy dressing. All you need to make this recipe is 9 ingredients and 15 minutes! This easy broccoli salad makes a great low carb side dish for Summer parties and barbecues!

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Cold broccoli salad has been a staple in our house ever since I was a little girl. We often made this as a side dish for burgers or grilled chicken and it was always the dish we brought to potlucks! Needless to say we have had a lot of time in the past to PERFECT this easy broccoli salad.

This broccoli and bacon salad gets dressed with a sweet, tangy and creamy homemade dressing. It’s the perfect ratio of dressing to salad. I hate when a broccoli salad recipe is too dry or too soggy with dressing. This is the perfect amount! I opted to omit the usual cranberries or raisins and added lot’s of bacon, cheese and red onion. This truly is the BEST Broccoli Salad.

How to make broccoli salad

  • Make the salad: In a large bowl combine broccoli florets, diced red onion, cooked bacon and shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Combine the broccoli salad dressing: In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, garlic powder and onion powder. Pour the dressing on top of the salad mixture and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving or until cold.
  • Store: Leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days!

Can this be made ahead of time?

Yes! I actually like making it a day or two before a party to let the flavors develop! I like to hold off on adding my chopped bacon until right before serving if I plan on making this salad ahead of time. This helps to keep it crispy!

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What to serve with this Broccoli Salad

Variations

  • Optional add in’s: Raisins, sunflower seeds, chopped celery, sliced almonds, diced or shredded apples, dried cranberries or grapes.
  • Make it vegetarian: Leave out the bacon and substitute it for extra veggies. Add cauliflower, shredded carrots or any of the optional add in’s above!
  • Use your favorite type of cheese: I used shredded mild cheddar. However sharp cheddar, Colby jack or pepper jack would all be really good in this!
  • Broccoli cauliflower salad: Substitute half of the broccoli for cauliflower florets.
  • Use greek yogurt: In place of some of the mayonnaise to save on some calories!

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The BEST Broccoli Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8

The BEST Broccoli Salad Recipe! Loaded with crispy bacon, red onion and shredded cheddar cheese. Tossed in a creamy, tangy dressing. All you need to make this recipe is 9 ingredients and 15 minutes! This easy broccoli salad makes a great low carb side dish for Summer parties and barbecues!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium heads of broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

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  • In a large bowl combine broccoli florets, diced red onion, cooked bacon and shredded cheddar cheese.
  • In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, red wine vinegar, garlic powder and onion powder.
  • Pour the dressing on top of the salad mixture and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
Nutrition Facts
The BEST Broccoli Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 339 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 346mg15%
Potassium 548mg16%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1036IU21%
Vitamin C 137mg166%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Broccoli Salad, Summer Side Dishes

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