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Broccoli Bacon Salad

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A fresh crunchy broccoli bacon salad made with bacon, red onions, sunflower seeds and tossed with homemade dressing. It’s a tangy treat for your taste buds!

Summer is in full swing and we are doing everything we can to stay cool until Autumn comes to relieve us from the heat. One way to keep your temperature comfortable is eat a cold, fresh salad.

For today’s offering, we decided to a share a broccoli bacon salad with a homemade dressing. As always, it’s simple to prepare and delicious to eat.

Kim prepared this recipe and we are thrilled with results. The broccoli bacon salad is crisp, crunchy, and combines two of our favorite flavors, savory and sweet.

The sunflower seeds and cranberries contrast nicely and the bacon adds a smoky flavor that can’t be beat. I feel, Kim has put together the star of our Summer salad series.

We hope you enjoy today’s dish.

The finished broccoli bacon salad, topped with sunflower seeds and served in a large beige bowl with a wooden spoon.

Broccoli Bacon Salad Instructions:

First, start by prepping your ingredients. I can’t emphasize enough the importance prepping everything in advance.

It makes the cooking process so much smoother and cuts down the likelihood of mistakes in the kitchen because your attention never gets diverted.

Next, begin making your salad dressing. Start with a medium bowl, and combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, vinegar, salt & pepper. Set the dressing aside.

An aerial view of the bacon broccoli salad ingredients like fresh broccoli, bacon, red onions, and crispy bacon.

Now, pour the mayonnaise based salad dressing over the broccoli salad ingredients and stir everything together to coat the salad evenly.

Last, serve the broccoli bacon salad immediately or store it in the refrigerator, in a sealed container, for up to 3 days.

All of the ingredients in a beige serving bowl ready to be dressed and tossed. All of the ingredients are stacked atop the broccoli.

Broccoli Bacon Salad Tips:

Pre-cut the bacon slices before cooking to cut down on the overall cook time.

When chopping the broccoli (like most vegetables), aim for bite-sized pieces that can be easily picked up with a fork.

Raisins can be substituted for the cranberries and pumpkin seeds can be used in place of sunflower seeds.

A final photo of the finished bacon broccoli salad taken up close to show the sunflower seeds contrasted against the broccoli.

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A final photo of the finished bacon broccoli salad taken up close to show the sunflower seeds contrasted against the broccoli.

Broccoli Bacon Salad

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A fresh crunchy broccoli bacon salad made with bacon, red onions, sunflower seeds and tossed with homemade dressing. It's a tangy treat for your taste buds!

Ingredients

Broccoli Bacon Salad

  • 4 Cups Broccoli, (chopped, by volume not weight)
  • 6 Slices Bacon, (cooked, chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts, (chopped, by volume)
  • 1/2 Cup Cranberries, (by volume)
  • 1/2 Cup Red Onion, (diced, by volume)
  • 1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds, (by volume)

Homemade Salad Dressing

  • 3/4 Cup Mayonaise, (by volume)
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream, (by volume)
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup White Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 Teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoons Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. First, in a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, vinegar, salt & pepper. Set aside.
  2. Next, in a separate large bowl, combine the broccoli, bacon, walnuts, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and onion.
  3. Then, pour the mayonnaise dressing over the broccoli salad and stir to coat. 
  4. Last, serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes

The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a proper portion size. Actual calories will vary. The salad can be stored in a sealed container in your fridge for up to 3-days. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 0.5 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 6gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 410mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 5g

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Michele

Sunday 12th of August 2018

Wow! That is one gorgeous salad. Everything in it sounds so good. Nothing like a good salad for dinner on a hot summer day.

John

Monday 13th of August 2018

Thank you, Michelle! It's one of those Summer salads that are made to keep you cool lol! Have a lovely Monday :)

Judy Purcell

Sunday 12th of August 2018

A broccoli bacon salad is always a hit at barbecues and this is solid recipe for making everyone happy. Thanks for the tip about cutting up the bacon before cooking--so much faster.

John

Monday 13th of August 2018

Thank you, Judy! We're glad you liked the dish. Cutting up the bacon before hand just makes things move a little faster. Have a lovely Monday :)

Holly

Sunday 12th of August 2018

This broccoli salad looks delicious! I'm loving the two different kinds of nuts - yum!

John

Monday 13th of August 2018

Thank you, Holly! Kim decided to use two kinds for that extra crunch. Have a lovely Monday :)

Amanda

Sunday 12th of August 2018

The sunflower seeds really sets this broccoli salad apart. I honestly would eat this for dessert!

John

Monday 13th of August 2018

Thank you, Amanda! No matter how you what course you decide to eat it, we hope you enjoy the salad. Have a lovely Monday :)

Veronika's Kitchen

Sunday 12th of August 2018

This is a perfect summer salad! What a great idea to mux broccoli and bacon together!

John

Monday 13th of August 2018

Thank you, Veronika! We're glad you liked the dish. Have a wonderful Monday :)