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Broccoli bacon salad: the very best ideas!

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broccoli bacon salad on a celebration

Broccoli bacon salad…is that even a salad? 🙂

Although many of you think salads should be really that, I wouldn’t agree…Yes, the main idea of a salad is to be light and to contain fresh veggies. The salad should be an “invitation” to eating. 🙂 But nowadays salads take a much bigger part of our daily menu. There are several reasons for that:

  1. We now live in a global world, a global market, where we have access to all types of products and ingredients. The variety is so big, that we start experimenting more and more with veggies, exotic fruits, dressing, sauces, cheeses etc. That is how the diversity of salads expands and gives birth to salads that are filling and could replace a whole meal.
  2. People start to care more about their bodies and mostly about their health. We all believe now that our physical condition forms our lifestyle, our experience in daily life. We try to do more sport and eat fresher foods.

I think both these things are great. There is nothing wrong in having a big, tasty, filling and at the same time fresh salad for lunch, right?

Because I truly love filling salads, I wanted to select the best broccoli bacon salads I found in my research. For each salad I will give you the author name, a brief description of the ingredients and a little comment. Enjoy this material!

The 5 best suggestions for broccoli bacon salad

  1. Classic broccoli salad recipe from Chef Julie Yoon

This super easy broccoli bacon salad contains a couple of main ingredients:

  • Broccoli
  • Bacon
  • Red Onion
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Nuts
  • Dressing with mayonnaise

Just go to the shop, get these things and you will have the basic version. If you want to play around a little bit, add some garlic powder, honey, kosher salt and white wine vinegar to the dressing. I guarantee you will fall in love with this broccoli bacon salad!

Take a look at the salad here.

Broccoli Bacon Salad from Chef Julie Yoon

broccoli salad with bacon and raisins

2. Broccoli bacon tomato salad from Mr Food

This version is suitable for people who don’t like fruits and nuts in salads. This is a very salty salad that Mr Food presents to us. Main ingredients are:

  • Broccoli
  • Bacon
  • Tomatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Mayonnaise dressing

It is fatty, salty, filling and super yummy salad. I think men would prefer it, because it goes great with alcohol. I wouldn’t say it is a diet salad, but actually if you eat it instead of dinner it is ok.

If you want to take a look at this broccoli bacon salad, you are welcome. 🙂

Broccoli bacon cheese salad from Mr Food

broccoli bacon salad mr food

3. Broccoli bacon salad from Cinnamon-Spice & Everything Nice

This salad is something very similar to the broccoli bacon salad from Chef Julie Yoon, just the dressing is a little bit more simple:

  • Broccoli
  • Bacon
  • Nuts
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Red Onion
  • Mayonnaise Dressing

You could use raisins instead of dried cranberries, depending on what you find in the shop. Raisins are usually more popular and you can get them from any grocery shop or even supermarket. Here is the salad.

Enjoy the broccoli bacon salad from Cinnamon-Spice & Everything Nice!

healthy broccoli bacon salad

4. Broccoli bacon cauliflower salad from Mr Food

Mr Food is really good at making broccoli salads. Here is another interesting idea from his kitchen. This time it is a fresher, lighter version. Again there are fatty things like mayonnaise, cheese and even sour cream, but there are also more veggies:

  • Broccoli
  • Bacon
  • Red Onion
  • Pepper
  • Cauliflower
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour Cream

Really amazing broccoli bacon salad, it is a perfect combination of “healthy” and “delicious”…

Healthy and filling broccoli bacon cauliflower salad from Mr Food

colorful broccoli bacon salad with cauliflower and pepper

5. Broccoli bacon carrot salad from Pioneer Woman

This broccoli bacon salad is very interesting. It has shredded carrots and orange juice in it. Here are all the main ingredients:

  • Broccoli
  • Bacon
  • Red onion
  • Carrots
  • Raisins
  • Orange Juice
  • Yogurt
  • Mayonnaise
  • Olive Oil

As you can see, this broccoli bacon salad from Pioneer Woman is quite different from the other variations. The shredded carrot, yogurt and orange juice give a sweet, delicate flavor. Really interesting combination.

Delicious broccoli bacon carrot salad from Pioneer Woman

broccoli bacon salad in a bowl

That were my 5 suggestions for delicious and easy to make broccoli bacon salad. Hope you will pick up your favorite one and try it at home! Thank you, guys, see you next time;).

Skinny broccoli salad recipe from Womanista

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skinny broccoli salad recipe from skinny mom

If you liked Mr Food broccoli salad with bacon and Cheddar cheese, which I showed you some days ago, maybe you will also like this one. It is something similar, but with one very big difference: it is a diet thing! 😉 Much lighter that the first one, perfect for people who want to loose some weight.

Instead of rich, sweet mayonnaise sauce this skinny broccoli salad includes yogurt dressing, which is a much lighter version. No bacon here, just the Cheddar cheese. Also, in this version there are more veggies, so you can be sure you are eating a salad and not a main meal.

BUT although this skinny broccoli salad recipe is suitable for people eating healthy, I would’t say it is better than Mr Food broccoli salad. Both are very delicious and interesting as well. So, let’s get now in details about this beauty, which I am showing you right now.

As you may noticed, the recipe comes from Womanista (the ones Skinny Mom:)). What I really like about their recipes is that the nutrition information is based on professional calculations, made by Registered Dietitian. So you can be really sure, that is all correct. Also the photography is quite amazing. When you scroll down the recipe and take a look at the many photos included, you start to feel very hungry. 🙂

The pretty look is actually the next thing I loved about this skinny broccoli salad. So many colors are playing in the bowl, that you could motivate even a child, that hates broccoli, to have a bite. Very fresh combination, including red, green, white.

What I would maybe add to the salad is shredded carrot. I just want to see some orange between the reds and greens. Also and egg would fit quite nicely, but it will make it a little bit more heavy.

Actually I don’t come to any other ideas for upgrading this skinny broccoli salad. It is just too perfect to be changed in any way. Congratulations, Womanista! You showed us a pretty looking, simple and tasty salad!

Try it, if you like it. Go to the original skinny broccoli salad recipe, if you need to see more exact information about the ingredient’s amount and nutrition.

Note: The photos on this page are property of Womanista.


Neelys broccoli salad recipe: with feta cheese

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neelys broccoli salad recipe with tomatoes feta cheese

One of the best combinations that you can make a salad from is broccoli and feta cheese. Not just that these two ingredients look beautiful together because of the contrast in the colors, but they also match perfectly as flavors. Actually any kind of cheese would be suitable for broccoli (you know how well blue cheese tastes with it!). Butter, cheese, cream and broccoli? Yes! 100% approved!

Enough with the classic salad combinations. Here is something not so popular as an idea: you could add arugula and cherry tomatoes to your broccoli feta cheese salad. If you think this is kind of weird, hold on. There is more. Bake the cherry tomatoes with the broccoli. That is a brave idea, right? I got it from the Neelys and from their very unique broccoli salad recipe. They bake the broccoli and the cherry tomatoes on very high degrees and for very short time and after that they toss with the fresh arugula and feta cheese. A salad that you could fall in love with!

One thing that came in my mind, when I first saw this salad recipe, was: Wouldn’t it be great, if I add some meat to it? Maybe some grilled chicken or little ham pieces…The answer is no. It wouldn’t be great. Feta cheese is a very filling food, if you combine it with meat, which is even more filling, that would be just too much for a salad. The idea of a salad after all is to eat something light and fresh before the main dish. Of course, if you want to replace the main dish with a salad, you could make the salad a little bit richer in calories. It is up to you.

My personal opinion about Neelys broccoli salad recipe is, that it is easy to prepare and very special at the same time. I will definitely put it on my list with salads, which are suitable for presenting to guests. 🙂

What I would maybe add to this pretty broccoli feta combination, is a handful of sunflower seeds, baked, not raw. They will just taste so good with the feta cheese and cherry tomatoes.

Don’t forget to visit the original page of Neelys broccoli salad recipe. My summary of the salad is just an orientation for you, but they don’t just show the detailed recipe with exact instructions, they also give you a video with the whole cooking process. That is why I adore the Neelys and their recipes!

Have fun in the kitchen and improvise. If you like the Neelys broccoli salad recipe, try it at home and write a comment below. Thanks!