Classic Bacon Broccoli Salad Recipe
Classic Bacon Broccoli Salad Recipe

Everyone needs to know how to put together a classic bacon broccoli salad. It’s so easy to whip up and tends to be a hit with most people! This recipe can be made all year round and it’s the perfect option for potlucks! Plus, we all know that any recipe that kicks off with “bacon” is going to go down pretty well.

Once upon a time I worked in downtown Calgary at an oil and gas company. There was a woman that I worked with named Mary that was famous for her broccoli salad that she would bring to staff potluck suppers. To sum Mary up, she was a wonderful woman from Newfoundland who could cook like a boss, was hilarious beyond measure and her favourite saying was “Lord Lamp-lighting Jesus”  when she was worked up about something. And her broccoli salad was the BEST I have ever tasted.

Also once upon a time, I could actually eat broccoli. Oh, to be in my early 20’s again when I had a cast iron stomach. Now I can’t eat broccoli, but I DO have Mary’s recipe and technique for making the best broccoli salad ever.

Cut everything as small as you can. Tiny tiny TINY little broccoli trees. Mary said she would take her cutting board to the living room on a TV tray and watch the tube as she chopped and chopped and chopped to make a massive salad to feed the whole office. While you don’t have to watch TV or make a quadruple batch, if you make sure that the ingredients in this are small, you’ll understand how the way they blend together makes this an amazing broccoli salad!

How to make Classic Bacon Broccoli Salad

  • Place all of the salad ingredients into a medium-sized bowl.
  • Prepare the dressing by mixing the mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar together until smooth. Stir into the salad ingredients.
  • Cover the bowl and let the salad chill – Mary would let it chill overnight and then bring it to the potluck and it was spectacular!
  • Serve cold.

Jamie’s Oliver’s Asian style dressing is a great alternative too!

If you fancy spicing up your dressing, try it Jamie Oliver style! Start by peeling some ginger and grating it into a bowl, then stir in some sesame oil, along with olive oil, soy cause, and lime juice. Then add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar before whisking the dressing together. Easy!

How healthy is Classic Bacon Broccoli Salad?

To make this healthy simply use LOW FAT mayo and watch the sugar! You can use as little as you want to make the dressing to your taste! Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring and this is the perfect example! The classic bacon broccoli salad is super healthy and completely customizable depending on your tastes. Why not add some grapes or cranberries too for an added boost of flavour? 

What should you serve broccoli salad with?

This salad is perfect on its own for a light lunch but it can also be a great accompaniment to some simple grilled fish or chicken. There really is no limit to the combinations available here! But most importantly, don’t forget to serve it with a smile!

I’d love to hear what you like to serve alongside your classic bacon broccoli salad, so don’t forget to share it in the comments to give us all some extra inspiration! I’m super excited to see what you come up with!

More salad recipes for you to try

Hope you love it! I have such fond food memories of this salad, I’m so sad that I can’t eat broccoli anymore. The family taste tested this over Christmas and it was deemed fantastic, so let me know what you think!

Love,

Karlynn

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Classic Bacon Broccoli Salad Recipe
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This bacon broccoli salad is a classic! The secret that makes this the best broccoli salad ever is to chop the ingredients very small, then let the salad sit overnight for max flavor! 

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 783 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
Broccoli Salad
  • 8 cups broccoli florets, chopped very small
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup salted sunflower seeds, hulled
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cooked and then crumbled into small pieces
Sweet Mayonnaise Dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4-1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp white vinegar
Instructions
  1. Place all of the salad ingredients into a medium sized bowl.

  2. Prepare the dressing by mixing the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar together until smooth. Stir into the salad ingredients.

  3. Cover the bowl and let the salad chill - Mary would let it chill overnight and then bring it to the potluck and it was spectacular! 

  4. Serve cold.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Bacon Broccoli Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 783 Calories from Fat 612
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 68g 105%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 713mg 30%
Potassium 595mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 21g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 16.3%
Vitamin C 134.4%
Calcium 7.3%
Iron 8.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Author

Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!

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