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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

Broccoli Salad Recipe With Bacon

Yield: Yield: 1 Serve
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.


Toast your almonds
To go the extra mile, we definitely recommend toasting your own almonds.
Not only does it give them a better texture, but it amplifies the flavour ten-fold.

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 Your 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.

What To Serve With Broccoli Salad

  1. Bread
    This salad is perfect on its own for a light lunch alongside this Low carb keto bread or these bread sticks.
  2. Butter Prawns
    This salad is perfect on its own for a light lunch alongside a serve of Butter Prawns
  3. BBQ Side-dish
    It’s a great side-dish for any Barbecue or take on any picnic.
  4. Meats
    It can also be a great accompaniment to some nice Beef porterhouse steak, seafood or roast chicken.
  5. Potato Salad:Potato salad is a classic option, and it’s one that’s easy to prepare in advance.

    You can also add your favourite vegetables here, like green beans, tomatoes, cucumber, and carrots.
  6. Crunchy BLT Sandwich:BLT is a classic, and its name comes from the main ingredients – bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes.

    So build your BLT sandwich and serve on a plate alongside your salad.
    The lettuce and bacon add a bit of crunchiness alongside the spinach salad, while the soft and refreshing tomatoes keep the meal light.
  7. Pasta Salad:
    A creamy pasta salad is a great option for what to serve with your spinach salad.

    You can use whole wheat pasta or spiral pasta, and you can also vary the ingredients depending on your own personal preferences.
    You could also try adding Julienne cut cherry tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, dried cranberries, and black pepper to your plate.
  8. Macaroni Cheese:Macaroni cheese is a rich and creamy dish consisting of macaroni pasta mixed with a cheesy sauce making it a great pairing with this dish.

    Maybe add some Julienne cut cherry tomatoes, olives, feta cheese to your plate with a side of hot garlic bread.

Spinach Salad Recipes With Bacon

Using the recipe above, you can use these ideas to jazz it up and make this recipe your own.

  1. Spinach Salad With Feta Cheese and Bacon

    Make your own spinach, feta cheese and bacon salad.
    Simply toss through diced feta cheese.

  2. Bacon Salad with Chilli

    Toss a bit of chopped fresh chilli through this salad.

  3. Bacon Salad with Tomatoes

    For flavour and presentation, different-coloured cherry tomatoes are a really nice addition too.

  4. Bacon and Spinach Salad and Cranberries

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

  5. Chicken and Bacon Salad

    Create your own chicken and bacon salad.
    For a different flavour and texture, halve the bacon and replace with cooked shredded chicken.

  6. Cauliflower and Bacon Salad

    Substitute the Broccoli with cauliflower florets.

  7. Jamie Oliver Style Dressing

    1. Start by peeling some ginger and grating it into a bowl.
    2. Now stir in some sesame oil, along with olive oil, soy sauce, and lime juice.
    3. Add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
    4. Whisk the dressing together. Easy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
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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