Sunday, June 10, 2012

Broccoli and Bacon Salad


This is one of my family's favorite fresh salads for summer. 
It doesn't hurt that it contains BACON, either! 

Anytime my husband's office has a potluck/picnic, this is what he offers to bring. 
It is easy to set-up ahead of time and then combine it fresh for all to enjoy.


8 cups fresh broccoli florets (give or take!)
2 cups mayonnaise
4 TBS cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 lb. cooked, crisp bacon
1/2 cup red onion


1)  Cut broccoli florets.  Rinse and drain well.

2)  Cook bacon until crisp and place on paper towels.  Once cool, crumble the bacon.

3)  Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, bacon, and onion well.  Add the broccoli and mix well. 

4)  Chill in the refrigerator for an hour to combine the flavors.

5)  Enjoy!


To prepare in advance: 

1)  Cut the broccoli florets and place in ziplock bag or container.  Cook and crumble the bacon and place in a separate container / bag.  Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar and put in its own container.  Dice the onions and store in a separate bag.

2)  About an hour before serving, combine ALL ingredients well and return to refrigerator.

3)  Serve and enjoy!

As you can tell from my photo, I did not use a red onion.  For this batch, I used a Vidalia onion which I had on hand.  The salad was still terrific!

Play with your vegetables!  I have combined broccoli and cauliflower to make this.  Also, fresh peas and/or finely sliced carrots are a great addition!  Oh, don't forget snow peas!

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  1. I absolutely love this salad and can eat the entire bowl by myself!

  2. Ooh I love this kind of salad! Makes me want some right now!!!! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  3. This looks SO good! I know what I'm going to make at our next barbeque! :-) Thanks so much for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" Many blessings, Lisa

  4. I make this salad and everyone raves! I add a handful of crasins and a handful of shredded cheddar cheese to mine....YUMMY!!!

  5. Hi!

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    Thanks for sharing the recipe for this YUMMY salad with us!

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  6. Simple and good. Who doesn't love bacon! Thank you for sharing this.

  7. Broccoli salads are always popular around our house too. Thanks for sharing at Cookbook Sundays :-)

  8. Hi Ellen,
    This is a great salad, like you it is one of my favorites. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Thanks for sharing. That looks great. Broccoli is one of my favorite foods.

  10. OMG(osh), this is one of my favourite salads!!! Thanks for sharing.

  11. I have never made this salad, but I have had it so many times and it's the best. I love it!!

    Thank you for sharing it on Tasty Thursday :)

  12. Now that is my kind of salad, wow that looks so good :)

  13. This sounds similar to a salad I've had at Whole Foods, it's very good. Of course, bacon is the fairy dust of the food world. :) Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  14. Bacon is always a great way to entice my kids to eat their veggies...thanks for sharing this recipe on foodie friday.

  15. This looks awesome, Ellen!! What a great summer salad. Thanks so much for linking up at Mop It Up Mondays.

  16. My husband will love this. Thank you for your bloggy friendship and for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop Linky Party, xo

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  18. The subject of this week's Food on Friday is Salad. It would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . I found this through It's A Keeper.

  19. Thanks for linking this in. the bacon is a great idea to encourage the eating of broccoli!

  20. So do I use 'real' mayonaise.. or miracle whip?


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