Creamy Broccoli Salad with Bacon

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This broccoli salad is a crowd-pleaser, perfect salad for any party or potluck. It’s a mouthwatering combination of fresh broccoli, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, toasted almonds, red onion, and a creamy homemade mayonnaise dressing. It’s the best broccoli salad recipe that’s ready in less than 15 minutes.

easy broccoli salad recipe

Just like Broccoli Cauliflower Sala, this Broccoli Salad recipe is the star at BBQ and potlucks. It’s extremely easy to whip up, and pairs perfectly with baked chicken thighs, or as a side to lemon garlic chicken.

Loaded with tons of flavor, this salad it’s delicious served on its own.

Broccoli Salad Ingredients

The beauty of this broccoli salad recipe is how a few ingredients are combined into a flavorful meal. Imagine raw broccoli florets, crispy bacon, crispy almond flakes, all coated in a super creamy mayonnaise dressing.

ingredients for broccoli salad in a large white bowl

For a hint of sweetness, you can add dried cranberries. Here are the ingredients needed for my favorite broccoli salad:

  • Broccoli – I used fresh broccoli chopped into bite-sized pieces. I don’t use to blanch my broccoli for this salad recipe. To blanch broccoli bring a pot of water to aboil. Blanch the broccoli for about 60 seconds, then rinse in cold water.
  • Crispy Baconoven-baked bacon is my favorite. So crispy.
  • Cheddar Cheese – extra sharp cheddar is my favorite. You can also shred cheese at home.
  • Toasted Almonds – for flavor and crispy texture.
  • Red Onion
  • Dried Cranberries
super creamy dressing for a delicious broccoli salad

How To Make Broccoli Salad

Making this cold broccoli salad is extremely easy. In fact, there’s no cooking involved except the bacon. You can cook the bacon in advance and have it ready to add to this 5-minute salad.

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  1. Take a big head of broccoli, wash it, and chop it into small florets using a sharp knife.
  2. Once you’re done with the broccoli, chop a medium red onion and make some cheddar cheese cubes.
  3. Throw all these into a big bowl along with almond flakes and cranberries.
  4. It’s time to make the flavorful, creamy, and tangy dressing by simply combining the mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, sweetener, salt, and pepper.
  5. Pour the dressing over the broccoli salad ingredients and toss them well to coat evenly.

Make sure bacon bits and cheese cubes are well distributed throughout the salad.

delicious broccoli salad recipe in a large white bowl

Tips for Making The Best Broccoli Salad

  • For a keto broccoli salad, leave out dried cranberries since they are usually high in carbs and have tons of added sugars.
  • Use sunflower seeds or toasted hazelnuts instead of almond flakes. Cheese is mandatory, so add your favorite! I prefer adding aged cheddar cheese.
  • Goat cheese or feta is a perfect addition for even more creaminess.
  • To lighten up broccoli salad, use light mayonnaise or replace it with Greek yogurt.

To Cook or Not to Cook Broccoli

I prefer raw broccoli, and that’s recommended in most broccoli salads. Just make sure to cut it into small florets to make it easier to chew.

The Broccoli salad dressing is made with apple cider vinegar that slightly softens the broccoli. Uncooked broccoli provides more nutrients, and it is super crunchy.

I suggest steaming it for a few minutes if you don’t like eating raw broccoli. Let it completely cool down before making this insanely delicious salad.

Is Broccoli Keto?

Yes, broccoli is a low carb vegetable that’s keto-friendly. According to the USDA website, 1 cup of chopped broccoli provides 3.67g of net carbs, 30.9 calories, and 2.37g of fiber.

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Easy Broccoli Salad

5 from 1 vote

Prep time 10 minutes
Yelds 8 servings
Author Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com


This broccoli salad is a crowd-pleaser, perfect salad for any party or potluck. It’s a mouthwatering combination of fresh broccoli, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, toasted almonds, red onion, and a creamy homemade mayonnaise dressing. It's the best broccoli salad recipe that's ready in less than 15 minutes.
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  • 5 cups broccoli  cut into small florets
  • cup red onion  diced
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds or almonds flakes toasted
  • ½ cup bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese cubed
  • ¼ cup cranberries*

Broccoli Salad Dressing


  • In a large bowl add 5 cups of broccoli, bacon, red onion, cranberries*, and cheddar cheese.
  • To make the dressing combine mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, sweetener, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  • Pour the prepared dressing over and toss to coat thoroughly.
  • Refrigerate broccoli salad for at least one hour before serving. Stir it well again. Enjoy!


*Cranberries are a great addition in this salad enhancing the flavours. If keto, you can skip them or reduce the quantity. 
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How do we calculate the nutrition info?

These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli salad
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