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Broccoli Salad with Bacon, Mayo, Cheddar Cheese and Homemade Dressing

Updated on September 11, 2013

Broccoli Salad for Everyone!

Loaded up with bacon, mayo, and cheese....mmmMMM!!
Loaded up with bacon, mayo, and cheese....mmmMMM!!

Fresh Garden Broccoli

Use two heads of fresh broccoli.  This works well for floppy broccoli, or broccoli that was on the stock just a tad too long - like the head on the left that's about to flower.
Use two heads of fresh broccoli. This works well for floppy broccoli, or broccoli that was on the stock just a tad too long - like the head on the left that's about to flower.

Easily Make This Broccoli Salad from Scratch with Everyday Kitchen Ingredients!

Our garden went a little nuts on the broccoli this year. Every other day there for a while our (very) small plot of designated useful land pumped out a couple heads of broccoli. I've bagged them and boiled them and steamed them with cheese. Broccoli's healthy and I love that, but regardless I set out to change that right away.

All the broccoli salads I found online called for a pre-mixed jar of dressing, so I first found out how to make some of that (mayo + sugar + white vinegar). I swapped out plain mayo with the tangy zip of Miracle Whip - that was a good decision - and the typical red onion for cheddar cheese. This didn't turn out like the typical broccoli salad I usually have at family gatherings - it's better. Using bacon, Miracle Whip and cheddar cheese mixed up with crunch of fresh, garden green broccoli, this one has everything I love and nothing I don't.

Preparation and Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 6-8 side-dish servings

Is There Nothing Bacon Can't Fix?

For good mental health, fry bacon!
For good mental health, fry bacon!

Ingredients

  • about 8 slices (1/2 lb) bacon
  • 2 heads broccoli
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, (use the "tangy zippy" kind if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Cook bacon as per package instructions and let cool.
  2. Wash and cut two heads of broccoli. Leave a little stem on and cut off near the branches so the broccoli starts to fall into smaller sections (called broccoli florets).
  3. In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together mayo, sugar, and vinegar.
  4. To the bowl add broccoli, cheese, and crumbled bacon. Stir to mix well.

Make Your Own Dressing From Scratch!

Combine mayo with sugar and vinegar, and whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Combine mayo with sugar and vinegar, and whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved.

For Maximum Flavor, Refrigerate Overnight

You can enjoy this broccoli bacon salad right away, but you'd really miss out on the magic that happens when you give this mixture time to marinade. To really bring out the flavor this dish has to offer, prepare it early in the morning for evening dinner, or make it in the evening and refrigerate overnight. Either way, store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Make It, Then Rate It!

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Don't Be Afraid to Add Your Favorites!

With such a rich, delicious base, this salad has lots of room for improvisation. Today I made it with 1 head of broccoli and a cup of fresh chopped baby spinach. I imagine tomatoes would also be a good addition, but as I'm still waiting on my garden to overload me with the ripe, red fruit (which I know will happen soon, and all at once...), I haven't yet tried to turn this into a BBLT Salad with cheese - but maybe you will!

As a side dish for lunch, dinner, or a family gathering, this Broccoli Salad is sure to go fast - get yours before it's gone! And maybe hide a little in the fridge for yourself later.

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      Lee Tea 4 years ago from Erie, PA

      Why did you do that? To feel healthier? Do you? You might be interested in my hub, "Virgo's 3rd Decan: Health" which explores what good health is actually made of. Thanks for commenting - be well. Eat a bacon sometime - be happy :)

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      Robertr04 4 years ago from Detroit,Mi.

      Sorry Miss Tea. You're right, not the wrong spot... I used to like bacon. Gave up pork a long time ago. Gave up red meat and chicken, refined sugar, white flour, wheat, all that "good stuff" a little after that. Too much acid and gluten, but, each his/her own.

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      Lee Tea 4 years ago from Erie, PA

      It wasn't wrong, I'm not a man, and who doesn't love bacon?

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      Robertr04 4 years ago from Detroit,Mi.

      Happened to see you in "discussion" with 'wilderness' just now. Wrong spot man. Anyway, love a good salad (and herbal tea), except for that bacon.