Broccoli Salad With Bacon & Cheese Recipe

Broccoli Salad Tastes Especially Good In Summer

Broccoli salad is delicious any time of the year, but on warmer days, it is the perfect, light accompaniment to summer dishes, especially grilled ones.

While some people consider eating broccoli a punishment, this delicious salad might make them a little more receptive to acquiring a taste for it.  

The health benefits of broccoli are vast.  Being part of the cruciferous vegetable family means broccoli can help prevent cancer, offer heart protection, support brain health, promote bone strength, fight inflammation, and act as a natural detox with antioxidant protection.

While none of those health advantages will help sell broccoli salad to your kids, you can serve it to them anyway, knowing it does their bodies good.  Adding the bacon might even tempt your spouse to try it.  We will pretend the broccoli goodness overrides the unhealthy attributes of bacon.  

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese, coated with a light dressing, is simple to make for dinner on the deck or to take to a potluck.

Cleaning Broccoli

If you grow broccoli in your garden, then you know you must soak it in a salt water solution to rid it of cabbage worms, but if you buy it from the grocery, then cleaning is a little easier.

For this recipe, you will need two heads of broccoli.  To clean it, cut the florets into bite-sized chunks from the main stalk and drop them into the sink (which should be clean, obviously) and spray them with a veggie cleaning solution before adding enough water to give them a quick soak.  Swish the broccoli around to make sure the water and cleaning solution hits all the angles.   

I've tried many veggie washes over the years, but this one is my favorite.  It can be hard to find and a little more expensive, but it is all-natural and not filled with unrecognizable chemicals.


After a few swishes, remove your broccoli from the sink and place it in a colander.  Run cold water over it and keep tossing it gently to make sure it's thoroughly rinsed.  You can always spin it in a salad spinner to remove the most amount of water, but letting it drip in the colander while you prepare the rest of the ingredients works too.

Broccoli Salad With Bacon & Cheese Recipe

Aside from cleaning the broccoli, throwing this salad together is a snap!


1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 bunches of broccoli
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (you can add more if you prefer)
1/2 lb. bacon, crisp fried and crumbled


Whisk together mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar in a large bowl.  Add broccoli florets, cheese, and bacon.  Toss thoroughly to coat.  Cover and chill for at least three hours before serving.

Serves 6.

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese is a terrific side to serve with grilled steak or sandwiches.

Be sure to have copies of the recipe handy if you take this broccoli salad to a get-together because everyone will be asking you for it!

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  1. This recipe is similar to the same delicious broccoli salad recipe I use. My version has red wine vinegar, which is delicious. This salad is always the first to go at potlucks, and you will always be asked for the recipe!

    1. I love red wine vinegar! I will have to try using that next time. You are so right about this being the first to go at potlucks. I first tried this at a church potluck years ago, and everyone wanted the recipe!


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