Broccoli, cheese and bacon tossed with a homemade sweet & sour dressing are the basic ingredients for this amazing Broccoli Salad. You can add sunflower seeds, raisins, grapes, nuts etc., the possibilities are endless.
In a large bowl add the broccoli,
bacon, cheese and any other
fruits or nuts you want to add.
In a small bowl add the
mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar.
Stir to combine then let it sit for
about 5 minutes so the sugar dissolves.
Stir and pour dressing on
top of the broccoli mix.
Using a large spoon, toss to combine.
Cover and refrigerate for at least
1 hour. Toss again before serving.
- 2 large heads broccoli florets (rinsed, patted dry and cut into small pieces)
- ½ pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2½ Tbsp. vinegar
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar (If you don’t want it this sweet you can add 1/4 cup instead)
- Optional: Add sunflower seeds, walnuts, raisins, grapes etc. for more added flavor.
- In a large bowl add the broccoli, bacon and cheese. If you use any other nuts, raisins, grapes etc. add them too.
- In a small bowl add the mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar. Mix well with a spoon and let the dressing sit about 5 minutes until the sugar dissolves.
- Stir and pour the dressing over the broccoli mix. Using a large spoon, toss until the dressing coats everything.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Toss occasionally as the dressing will run to the bottom of the bowl. Toss again before serving.
Categories: Bacon, Cheese, Salad/Dressings, Vegetables/Slaws/Salads
This is all much appreciated. I’m already diversifying my kitchen habits 👍🏿
Awww you’re welcome!!!
I love broccoli!
Me too!!! Have a great Sunday Chris!
Love broccoli salad!
I love anything broccoli!!! ❤
This looks incredibly crunchy! I’m wondering if a quick blanch might not tame it a bit, or are the florets soft enough as is? I’ve used this type of dressing on homemade Cole slaw, but it looks fab on here, too.
The vinegar breaks it down and takes away that “Crisp” crunch. I like this best the next day. Just stir it frequently to keep the dressing mixed in with the broccoli. It is my favorite salad!
I love this salad. I add cranberries to mine, but everything else is the same. Great share Diane.
Yes!!! Cranberries are great in it and I also love raisins in it too. Thank you Carla!
I’ve never had this homemade, just the deli variety. I’ll have to try it.
I have been making this for years. It is always a hit with company!
I enjoy your posts and will soon start using them.
Aww thank you Tangie! I hope you have a great weekend!
This looks delicious as always!
Awww thank you for your kind words Rossy!
I LOVE Broccoli Salad! Thanks Diane, already printed and I’m ready to try it!
You’re welcome this is my favorite salad!
Your favorite – I know you said you love broccoli!
I eat about 4 large stalks of it every week….yum!
I love it! So simple but so delicious!
Thank you it is my favorite way to eat broccoli!
I always look forward to this at office parties and potlucks. Someone is always sure to bring it and it is SO GOOD. Maybe this year I’ll try my hand at making it since I work from home now and office parties are a thing of the past. LOL
Once again, a big shout out to people like you who show us pictures of the ingredients, and especially the vegetables since I never know what size the vegetables are supposed to be after they are chopped, sliced, or “cut”. Pictures are so helpful. Thank you!
Thank you for those kind words!! You make all the work so worth it. I am so glad the pictures help.
The pictures help SO MUCH! It’s funny because I saw a complaint by a guy somewhere saying how he doesn’t need to see pictures of the ingredients. Yah, well, buddy, some of us do! LOL I’m a visual person. I read “put this in a 3-cup mold” and I’m like “How the heck do I know if this is a 3-cup mold??? It doesn’t say on it!” But if I see a picture of the mold next to something I can get an idea of the size. I finally found a chart that I printed out that tells me how to figure out the size of the casserole dish if it doesn’t say on it. LOL
Oh, one more example if I may. This one person said “Dump in a VERY BIG bottle of BBQ sauce.” That doesn’t help me!!! Every grocery has different sizes. One grocery only carries small size bottles of things so I would need to know is it 48 ounces? Ok then let me buy 4 of these small bottles. She did, at least tell us the brand of BBQ sauce she prefers for the recipe so yay to that. LOL
Ooo, this looks tasty, Diane! We’ll have to try this without the cheese. 😊
It is very good but I know you don’t like things very sweet so when you make it, as you add the sugar do it slowly and add to your taste before mixing it with the broccoli. Thanks Hunida!
Aw wow that’s so sweet that you remembered that about me, Diane! <3 Thank you for the tip, we will remember that when we try this!
Love anything with broccoli!
Me too I love it just cook with butter too!
Wait a minute: Cheese?! Awesome! I have a version of this recipe, but never considered adding cheese – and let’s face it. Isn’t everything better with cheese?
Well of course!!!!! 🤣😂🤣 More cheese more flavor. ❤
So delicious !
The ingredients doesn’t list oil, but direction #2 mentions mixing oil with the mayo & sugar. Is the oil missing in the ingredients?
Thank you so much for catching my error!!! No oil at all. I typed oil instead of vinegar. I have corrected it on my site. Thanks again Sherrie!http://indianeskitchen.com/2020/01/07/broccoli-salad-2