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Cold Broccoli Salad

This delicious Cold Broccoli Salad with Bacon recipe is a combination of broccoli, bacon, red onion, dried cranberries, sharp cheddar cheese, and sliced almonds. It’s coated with a creamy mayonnaise dressing. It’s super easy and durable because it won’t wilt.

This is a small batch recipe for two that is a great light and refreshing side dish.

To store broccoli salad – If you have leftovers and the dressing is mixed in with the veggies, you can keep it in the fridge for about 2 days. If the salad and dressing is kept separate, it should last about 4 days.

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Cold Broccoli Salad with Bacon

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How to make Broccoli Salad with Bacon:

Cut the bacon into 1 inch pieces.

Cook the bacon in a frying pan over medium heat until crisp.

1 inch bacon pieces cooking in a frying pan

Drain the bacon on paper towel and set aside.

bacon pieces cooling on paper towel

Chop the broccoli into bite-sized pieces and dice the red onions.

broccoli florets and diced red onions on a cutting board

Combine the broccoli florets, cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, almonds, and red onion in a medium bowl.

broccoli florets, diced red onion, dried cranberries, and shredded cheddar cheese in a bowl

In a separate, small bowl, whisk together the mayo, white wine vinegar, sugar, salt, and black pepper until smooth and well-combined.

white creamy mayo mixture in a bowl with a whisk

Pour dressing over broccoli mixture and stir until well coated.

broccoli florets, diced red onion, dried cranberries, and shredded cheddar cheese coated in white creamy mayo in a bowl with a black spoon

For best flavor refrigerate for at least one hour with the bacon stored separately in a zipper baggie.

To serve, stir the bacon into the broccoli salad until well coated.

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Yield: Serves 2

Cold Broccoli Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

This delicious Cold Broccoli Salad with Bacon recipe is a combination of broccoli, bacon, red onion, dried cranberries, sharp cheddar cheese, and sliced almonds. It's coated with a creamy mayonnaise dressing.

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 slice bacon
  • 1/8 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 of a small red onion

For the Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut the bacon into 1 inch pieces.
  2. Cook the bacon in a frying pan over medium heat until crisp.
  3. Drain the bacon on paper towel and set aside.
  4. Chop the broccoli into bite-sized pieces and dice the red onions.
  5. Combine the broccoli florets, cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, almonds, and red onion in a medium bowl.
  6. In a separate, small bowl, whisk together the mayo, white wine vinegar, sugar, salt, and black pepper until smooth and well-combined.
  7. Pour dressing over broccoli mixture and stir until well coated.
  8. For best flavor refrigerate for at least one hour with the bacon stored separately in a zipper baggie.
  9. To serve, stir the bacon into the broccoli salad until well coated.

Notes

  • To store broccoli salad - If you have leftovers and the dressing is mixed in with the veggies, you can keep it in the fridge for about 2 days. If the salad and dressing is kept separate, it should last about 4 days.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 491Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 630mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 6gSugar: 21gProtein: 13g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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CJinUSA

Sunday 27th of March 2022

DH makes a similar salad, but instead of a sweet mayo dressing he uses ranch dressing. No almonds. No cranberries. 1/2 broccoli, 1/2 cauliflower. Delicious.

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