This Easy Broccoli Salad with bacon and cheese is a light and easy recipe! It’s crunchy, colorful, and packed with nutrients!
For healthy & budget-friendly side dishes, this easy broccoli salad is ranked at the top of the list! A popular choice for picnics and potlucks, broccoli salad is easy to make and easy to take!
Easy Broccoli Salad
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We love broccoli salad with bacon & cheese because it’s super simple to make and it looks irresistible on a buffet or potluck table! Made with a simple creamy dressing and lots of crunchy ingredients, this salad is a hit year round.
Ingredients and Variations
- VEGGIES – Broccoli shines in this salad, and the addition of red onion really brings out the flavor.
- PROTEIN – Bacon, cheese and sunflower seeds provide lots of crunch and flavor. And an extra boost of protein!
- DRESSING – All the ingredients are tossed with a tangy and super creamy mayonnaise and lemon juice dressing.
- OTHER VARIATIONS – Change the flavor profile by switching out the sunflower seeds for walnuts, or the dressing for a bottled vinaigrette. And for a colorful variation, replace half the broccoli with cauliflower. Or try adding chopped sundried tomatoes topped with feta cheese!
How To Make Broccoli Salad
It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to make broccoli salad with bacon and cheese!
- Whisk the dressing ingredients together.
- Drizzle chopped broccoli and other ingredients with dressing, toss to coat.
- Season with salt and pepper, garnish with additional sunflower seeds if desired.
Tips, Tricks, and Timesavers
- Broccoli salad is perfect made in advance and stored in the refrigerator. As a result, it will taste better served cold once all the flavors have blended together.
- No need to pre-cook or steam broccoli, simply cut into uniform and bite-size pieces.
- You can blanch broccoli to give it a bright green color and a tender crisp texture. If you choose this option, place florets in boiling water for about a minute and then immediately plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process.
- Select broccoli florets, not the stems. Remove any small leaves from florets and cut the tops away from the stems.
- Refrigerated broccoli salad will stay fresh for up to 4 days stored in an airtight container. Before serving give it a quick stir and adjust the seasonings.
- Leftover broccoli salad is great over a bed of greens, or tucked into a wrap for a quick grab-and-go lunch!
Other Delicious Salads!
- Pesto Caprese Salad – a twist on a favorite.
- BLT Rotisserie Chicken Salad – used as a sandwich filling too!
- Tomato Salad – super easy to make.
- Spinach and Strawberry Salad – fresh and delicious.
- Snicker Salad – family favorite!
Easy Broccoli Salad
- 6 cups broccoli
- ½ cup bacon bits or ½ lb bacon cooked and crumbled
- ⅔ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup red onion
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- salt & pepper to taste
- In a small bowl, mix mayo, sugar, and lemon juice. Mix well and set aside.
- Chop broccoli florets into small pieces and put into medium sized mixing bowl.
- Add diced onion, shredded cheese, crumbled bacon and sunflower seeds to the broccoli.
- Add the dressing mix to the other ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.