This Classic Broccoli Bacon Salad has been a staple at summer picnics and parties since I can remember. My mom always made a big ol’ bowl of this stuff whenever we were having something going on in the backyard. Crunchy broccoli. Sharp Cheddar cheese. Creamy dressing. Bacon. It’s a perfect combination of flavors!
I’ve never been a big fan of classic summer salads like traditional potato salad or macaroni salad (I’m not a big mayo person.) However, this salad I really get into. Maybe it’s my love of broccoli, or the cheese, or the bacon? I just know that I never grow tired of this recipe. It’s super easy to make, and can be made a day ahead. A few simple steps, and you can check one thing off of your to-do list!
Making Classic Broccoli Bacon Salad
Rather than store-bought bacon bits, I like to cook 8-10 strips of bacon in the microwave and then crumble it up. Yum!
For the dressing, in a separate bowl combine 1 cup of mayo, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar and 1/4 cup of sugar. Whisk together until well blended and pour over salad. Toss gently until all ingredients are well coated. Then cover and refrigerate until chilled – at least 1 hour, or overnight.
That’s it! Like I said, this salad couldn’t be easier and it’s always a hit. It’s even good the next day if you do have any leftovers.
Does anyone in your family make this salad? It’s definitely a popular one, and everyone seems to have their own little variations. Leave a comment below and let me know how your family does Broccoli Salad!
- 2 bunches of broccoli, chopped
- ½ medium onion, chopped
- 2 c. shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
- ½ c. bacon bits (8-10 slices cooked bacon, crumbled)
- 1 c. mayo
- 2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
- ¼ c. sugar
- Place the chopped broccoli and onion in a large bowl.
- Add the cheese and crumbled bacon.
- For the dressing, in a separate bowl combine mayo, red wine vinegar and sugar.
- Whisk together until well blended and pour over salad.
- Toss gently until all ingredients are well coated.
- Cover and refrigerate until chilled - at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.