My famous broccoli salad recipe is made with fresh broccoli, crispy bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, and sweet and tangy sauce! It’s one of the best potluck salads, along with my Amish potato salad, our German cucumber salad, and this yummy broccoli and red cabbage slaw.

I also make the best macaroni salad and coleslaw!

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Best Broccoli Salad Recipe

Broccoli Bacon Salad

It’s true that we inherit some of our best traits from our mothers.

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Well, in this case, I’ve also inherited one of her best recipes, because you guys… this broccoli salad is absolutely, without question, one of the very best recipes in my repertoire.

Its sweet and tangy sauce is like liquid gold.

I could literally eat a whole huge batch of this stuff and never need anything else on my plate!

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Broccoli with Bacon

How to Make Broccoli Salad

This recipe is very easy to make. Here’s what you’ll need to gather! As always, a complete recipe can be printed toward the bottom of this page.

1 lb. broccoli about 4 cups, cut into florets

6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

1/4 cup chopped red onion, diced

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 package (6 oz., about 1.5 cups) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

½ cup chopped walnuts

1 cup real mayonnaise

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

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How to Make Broccoli Salad

First, in a large bowl mix together the broccoli, crumbled bacon, onion, cranberries, cheese, and the walnuts.

Now, in a small bowl stir together the mayonnaise, vinegar and the sugar. Add to the broccoli mixture and gently stir.

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Ingredients for Broccoli Salad

After that you just chill and serve your delicious broccoli salad!

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Easy Potluck Idea

Our Best Tips

  • What if I don’t like walnuts? No problem. Replace with pecans or sunflower seeds. You can also skip them all together.
  • Can you make this recipe with cauliflower in stead of broccoli? I haven’t tried it, but I don’t see why not!
  • What if I need to feed a crowd? Simply double the recipe! I do it all the time when I’m taking it to a potluck or picnic.
  • Can I make your broccoli salad ahead of time? Yes! Like most cold salads with sauce, it really tastes great on day two. I would just recommend keeping the bacon and the cheese out until just before the first serving, as both could get a big soft if left in the sauce overnight.
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Famous Broccoli Recipe

I’m totally addicted to this stuff, and if you try it, I think you will be too!

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4.48 from 17 ratings

Broccoli Salad

Author: Crissy Page
Servings: 8
Prep: 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
This scrumptious broccoli salad recipe is made with a sweet and tangy sauce, cheese, crispy bacon and of course, plenty of broccoli!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups broccoli cut into bite-size florets
  • 1/2 cup cooked bacon about 6 slices, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 package 6 oz., about 1.5 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl mix together the broccoli, crumbled bacon, onion, cranberries, cheese and the walnuts.
  • In a small bowl stir together the mayonnaise, vinegar and the sugar. Add to the broccoli mixture and gently stir. Chill at least 1 hour and serve.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 413mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g
Nutrition values are estimates, sourced from an online nutrition calculator. This information should never be considered a substitute for medical advice. Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Course: Salads
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli salad, broccoli salad recipe with bacon, easy salad

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3 Comments

  1. Christina says:

    I’m gonna try this with cashews – my favorite nut (except for my husband (LOL).

  2. Joy Hinterberg says:

    Thx for the recipe…I’m gonna try it!  
    I’ve been making this for many years using miracle whip, plus I also put in cut up cauliflower.  I use about 3/4 # bacon & save the grease, then add 2-3 T. to the sauce…sends that yummy bacon flavor all throughout & brings it to another level!

  3. christine says:

    Very good as written…I cater, so here is a tip in “cutting the cost of this salad, since fresh broccille is expensive when serving more that 4 people)…I DO use Broccoli, but I Aldo “add a package of “SHREDDed Broccoli Slaw.(look in the fresh veggie salad deptparments of your grocery store)…I have substituted “raisin, instead of dried cranberries, and “in a last minute “pinch”…I used “Real Bacon Bits”…Sometime people just “pop over” and I have done this…Just as good…Oh, and “you “really don’t “need” the shredded cheese…I LOVE it…But in a situation “where I “didn’t have it on had…It was JUST as Delish “without the shredded cheese.

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