Broccoli Salad

 On Saturday evening, we had our good friends over for a little cookout. Brad is the manly grill master so he was in charge of the meat. That left me with the side dishes and dessert. I tried out my mom’s broccoli salad recipe. I also made a delicious strawberry pie. Seriously, it’s so good I had some for breakfast the next day– hey, it’s fruit. And we roasted marshmallows over our fire pit and made s’mores.

Quick and easy broccoli salad

When I was younger, I didn’t care for this broccoli salad. But I also didn’t like these either, which I love now. Oh, childhood palates.

Now I’m an adult with a sincere appreciation for vegetables dishes, especially those that contain bacon.

Quick and easy broccoli salad recipe!

The key with this recipe is to make the dressing in a separate container and add the dressing a little at a time. I don’t like my salads drenched in dressing so I add some dressing, stir it, and take a bite. If needed, I’ll add more dressing. Because you can’t really remove the dressing once it’s in the salad.

I’ll let you know that the dressing is on the sweeter side. But it works out well with the taste of the broccoli, bacon, onions, and raisins.

And speaking of the sweetness of the dressing, when making it, make sure you give the sugar time to dissolve. You don’t want a gritty dressing.

Quick and easy broccoli salad recipe!

When making this broccoli salad, you can kind of do what you want with the main ingredients. If you LOVE bacon, you can use double the amount. If you hate onions, you don’t have to use them, or you can substitute with water chestnuts so you get the crunch but not the onion flavor. If you prefer your vegetables swimming in dressing, use all the dressing or double the dressing recipe. This is the nice thing about cooking (although you only cook the bacon with this recipe) rather than baking, you don’t have to be precise and can play around a bit.

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Quick and easy broccoli salad recipe!

What foods did you dislike as a kid that you enjoy now?

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  1. DAWN RENEE' says:

    I had this salad Saturday at a citizenship party and always forget how much I love it. I was saying how I have to get the recipe and make it myself, and here you are with a post!!! Thank you so much for fulfilling my desire lol.

  2. Yum, I love broccoli salad! This looks awesome. Bacon makes everything better. EEEEEeeeeverything.

  3. That broccoli salad looks delicious–I’m definitely going to try it! Our dog is terrified of fireworks too…we just got him a thundershirt, and it seems to help a little. Does the benadryl help Jack? I never thought of trying that.

    1. The Benadryl helps take the edge off a little. Our vet said it’s okay to use during storms and fireworks to make him more sleepy. I can’t say it’s 100% effective, but it seems to help a little. Some people have recommended sprays but we haven’t tried those yet.

      1. With our little guy, Snickers, the Thundershirt is an absolute necessity but not a complete fix. Unfortunately he does not like to be held during storms – I think he wants to be able to make a fast exit, if necessary. We got him an indoor soft-sided dog house from Homegoods and put it in the corner next to the sofa. That seems to put him much more at ease when we have thunder and lightning. But when the fireworks come, he makes a beeline for a room with no windows and his “storm shelter”. In this case it’s just a dog bed – but my Mom discovered that if you put a towel over him, he would eventually calm down and fall asleep. He does look like one of the the Three Wise Men though!

  4. We always make this with sunflower seeds and golden raisins. Great summer dish!!!!

  5. I love broccoli salad! Mine is a similar recipe but I leave out the onion and add shredded carrots, cranberries, and sunflower seeds. And if I am feeling lazy, I leave out the bacon so it’s 100% no cooking. 🙂

  6. Barbara Hesselgrave says:

    If I leave out the bacon (I don’t eat bacon), I assume it would still be yummy, right?

  7. I love broccoli salad. Sometimes I substitute craisins for the raisins and add cut up red seedless grapes. Also, use Red Wine Vinegar instead of the plain vinegar. Also like it with a little bit of toasted sliced almonds added.

  8. Has anyone ever tried to make the dressing with splenda instead of sugar?

  9. anne-marie says:

    My family needs a kale break. This salad sounds perfect =)

  10. Vicki Austad says:

    Thanks for the broccoli-bacon salad recipe, I love it and it’s relatively healthy too! A few foods I disliked as a child were spaghetti, liver, and shredded wheat cereal, but now I love spaghetti. I remember loving to eat sardines right out of the can with my dad as a toddler, which is completely disqusting to me now.

  11. I would like for you to be able to send me the recipe. I love the salad, but I am unable to do much because I have pancreatic Cancer. I. can’t even get out to put jars to have a collection taken up to help me with medication and bañdages for my stomach that has a tube commingout of it.Thank you .

  12. This is hands down one of my favorite recipes – Anything with bacon is my kryptonite! 😉

  13. This salad sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! : )

  14. There are always ladies at church who make a salad similar to this and I have always wanted to try it myself. Thanks for sharing! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Link Party!

  15. I love broccoli salad and this recipe looks like a keeper. Thank you for sharing it on the #HomeMattersParty

  16. I love broccoli! yum! I make a pasta dish with tomatoe, bacon and broccoli…..will def try this salad!thx

  17. This broccoli salad looks ahhh-mazing! I’m a big broccoli lover and so isn’t my family. I’m saving this for later!

    Thanks for joining us this week at the Wake Up Wednesday link party! Hope to see you again next week!
    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

  18. That looks so yummy! I need to add this one to my recipes! Thanks for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday link party!

  19. Looks like a great salad to make for barbecues! Thank you for sharing with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party this week! Hope to see you again for another party tomorrow!

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