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Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese

This Easy Broccoli Salad is made with real bacon bits and cheese. This classic and old fashioned dish is served cold and is definitely a crowd pleaser for the summer months. Feel free to toss in cauliflower! 

broccoli salad with cheese, bacon, and cranberries in a white bowl

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I often enjoy this broccoli salad year round! I don’t have to wait until the summer months because it’s just that good. I also love to add a little more protein to make it a full meal, usually cooked shrimp! So good.

fresh broccoli, red onions, sunflower kernels, apple cider vinegar, shredded cheddar, cranberries, and cooked bacon in separate glass bowls

Do You Use Raw Broccoli? Do You Have to Cook Broccoli?

Yes, raw broccoli is used in broccoli salad. The combination of mayo and apple cider vinegar in this recipe will soften the broccoli and add tons of flavor. Chilling the ingredients also assists in the ending texture. You can cook it if you want.

How to Make Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese

Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Slice broccoli florets into thin slices.
  2. Combine mayo, sweetener, apple cider, vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste and then combine it with the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir to mix well.
  3. Cover and chill the salad.
broccoli salad with cheese, bacon, and cranberries in a glass bowl

Additional Toppings/Substitution Ideas

  • Raisins
  • Olives
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Spinach
  • Croutons
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Peanuts
  • Artichokes
  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Cubed Ham
broccoli salad with cheese, bacon, and cranberries in a glass bowl

How to Substitute Mayo

Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing, plain Greek yogurt, or sour cream can be used as a substitute for mayo in this recipe.

mayo in a glass bowl

How to Use Frozen Broccoli

Boil a large pot of water on the stove. Add the broccoli for about 20 seconds. Place the broccoli in ice water to prevent it from continuing to cook. You can read more about How to Cook Frozen Broccoli here.

How to Store the Salad

Store broccoli salad in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. I do not recommend freezing this dish, as it will not maintain its crunch after defrosting.

broccoli salad with cheese, bacon, and cranberries in a white bowl

Can The Salad Be Made Ahead of Time?

Yes, if you plan to serve the dish within 3-4 days of making it.

Can You Freeze It

Dishes made with mayo or dairy don’t typically freeze well.

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broccoli salad with cheese, bacon, and cranberries in a white bowl

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broccoli salad with cheese, bacon, and cranberries in a white bowl
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Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese

This Easy Broccoli Salad is made with real bacon bits and cheese. This classic and old fashioned dish is served cold and is definitely a crowd pleaser for the summer months. Feel free to toss in cauliflower! 
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Course lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli salad, broccoli salad with bacon, broccoli salad with bacon and cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 7 servings
Calories 391kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Slice the broccoli florets into thin slices.
  • Combine the mayo, sweetener, apple cider, vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste and then combine it with the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir to mix well.
  • Cover and chill the salad for at least one hour.

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Notes

  • If you prefer a less sweet broccoli salad, start with 1 tablespoon of sweetener. Taste repeatedly and add more as needed. 2 tablespoons of sweetener along with the apple cider vinegar will produce a sweet and savory salad.
  • 1 cup of mayo will make this a creamy salad. If you prefer less creamy, start with 1/2 – 3/4 cup of mayo. Add additional mayo as necessary.
  • You can substitute mayo for plain Greek yogurt or sour cream.
  • Broccoli salad will last covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Makes 6-7 cups
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 37g
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Recipe Rating




Saturday 27th of August 2022

I loved this salad! I substituted turkey bacon instead of bacon and added cauliflower. I'll be making this every week to get more veggies in!

staysnatched

Sunday 28th of August 2022

I’m glad you enjoyed it!

Kymberly Miller

Tuesday 5th of July 2022

Delicious and easy to make! I doubled the recipe to enjoy it for all 3 meals!

staysnatched

Tuesday 5th of July 2022

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

Sue

Saturday 14th of May 2022

This recipe looks so delicious. I love broccoli. Is the vinegar necessary? I cannot eat acidic foods or vinegar.

staysnatched

Tuesday 24th of May 2022

You can omit it if you wish.

carole gilberg

Saturday 2nd of April 2022

another substitute for the mayo and vinegar is to just use marzetti slaw dressing. it blends perfectly with the broccoli.

staysnatched

Monday 11th of April 2022

Thanks for sharing.

Heather

Sunday 27th of March 2022

I went and bought fresh broccoli the moment I saw this recipe and made it the same day - outstanding, as always! I used half mayo/half sour cream and pine nuts (could not find sunflower seeds). This was the perfect fresh and crunchy side dish for our Saturday barbecue! Thanks. :)