Bacon and Broccoli Salad

Bacon and Broccoli Salad
Bacon and Broccoli Salad

What makes this bacon and broccoli salad a great option for lunch is that aside from very easy to prepare, you can be creative in making it.

This Southern-style broccoli salad with bacon, cheddar and crunchy almonds is ideal for a picnic or BBQ.
If you want a salad that is extra tasty, keto-diet friendly and gluten free, this is the one for you.

Just a few ingredients needed to make this perfect salad and there’s heaps of variations.
Just chill it first before serving for the ultimate eating experience.

Bacon and Broccoli Salad
Yield: Yield: 1 Serve

Bacon and Broccoli Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Broccoli salad recipe with bacon.
You’ll want to take this with broccoli, bacon and cheese to all your summer gatherings.
This is a recipe that can be made year round.

As this salad is loaded with flavour and texture, it makes it the perfect make-ahead side for a summer BBQ.
Any leftovers will keep for up to 3 days. To make it a meal, add slices of grilled chicken.


  • 1 cup Broccoli
  • 2 Bacon rashers
  • 2 Tbsp Cheddar Cheese, in cubes
  • 1 Tbsp Red Onions, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp whole Almonds
  • 2 Tbsp Ranch dressing


  1. Prepare the broccoli (see notes below), then Blanch or steam and drain.
  2. Place the blanched broccoli in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Chop and Cook the bacon (see notes below), then add to the mixing bowl.
  4. Add the cheddar cheese.
  5. Add the red onions (see notes below), then add to the mixing bowl.
  6. Add the almonds.
  7. Lastly, add the ranch dressing.
  8. Toss the salad with dressing until well combined. Serve.


Preparing your broccoli

  1. Separate the broccoli crowns from their thick stem. Remove the woodiest part of the stem — usually 1/2-inch from the bottom and discard.
  2. Chop the remaining part of the stem into bite-size chunks.
  3. Snap the florets from the broccoli crown and pull them apart so that they are bite-size.
  4. Rinse and blanch or steam

Cooking Bacon

For this salad, we like to use our oven to cook the bacon. Baking bacon is hands-off and results in crisp bacon slices, perfect for this salad.
Bake bacon slices in a 200℃/400℉ oven until crisp, 12 to 18 minutes.

Preparing your onion

This tones the raw onion flavour a little.

  1. Add onion to a small bowl and cover with warm water.
  2. Leave for 10 minutes then drain.

Broccoli salad with bacon Serving Suggestions

  1. This salad is perfect on its own for a light lunch alongside this Low carb keto bread
  2. It’s a great side-dish for any Barbecue or take on any picnic.
  3. It can also be a great accompaniment to some simple Porterhouse Steak or roast chicken.

Broccoli Salad Recipe With Bacon Variations

Broccoli salad with bacon and cranberries

For a slightly flavour variation, substitute the almonds with dried cranberries.

Broccoli and Cauliflower salad with bacon

For a different flavour and texture, halve the broccoli and replace with cauliflower.

Cauliflower salad with bacon

Substitute the broccoli with cauliflower florets.

Try a different salad dressing

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 sauce, and lime juice.
Then add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar before whisking the dressing together. Easy!

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per ServingCalories 411Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 46mgSodium 865mgCarbohydrates 17gFibre 6gSugar 5gProtein 17g

"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."

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