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Broccoli Salad With Bacon, Mayo, Cheese, and Dressing

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Lee Tea loves cooking, including with venison and other wild and seasonal ingredients.

This broccoli salad is loaded up with bacon, mayo, and cheese. Delicious!

This broccoli salad is loaded up with bacon, mayo, and cheese. Delicious!

Broccoli Salad From Everyday Kitchen Ingredients

Our garden produced a lot of broccoli this year. It's astounding how much broccoli our small plot of land was able to produce. Whatever would I do with all this greenery? Of course: broccoli salad.

Let's learn how to make the perfect broccoli salad. 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 the crunch of fresh, garden-green broccoli, this one has everything I love and nothing I don't.

Preparation and Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min

6–8 side-dish servings

Ingredients

  • about 8 slices (1/2 pound) bacon
  • 2 heads broccoli
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise, (use the
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions

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

Bacon makes everything better.

Bacon makes everything better.

To make your own dressing from scratch, combine mayo with sugar and vinegar, and whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved.

To make your own dressing from scratch, combine mayo with sugar and vinegar, and whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Make It, Then Rate It!

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 an evening dinner, or make it in the evening and refrigerate it overnight. Either way, store it in the fridge until ready to serve.

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.