Recipe: Indulgent Broccoli Salad


As you may have guessed from my posting history, I don’t cut the fat. Instead, I flock to it. I love mayo and bacon and all things indulgent. But, what I love about this recipe is that I get my way with a serving of broccoli, nuts and raisins mixed in. This recipe is the perfect summer salad for any occasion. Props go to my neighbor, Kasey Spengler, for spreading the love with this salad recipe.

Dressing – if you have time

  • 3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup of Mayo

Blend with a mixer or whisk to get a creamy texture, and refrigerate 2-3 hours

Cheat version – my favorite, easy-peasy

  • 3 Tbsp Brianna’s Blush Wine Dressing
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • ¾ cup Mayo

Blend with a fork or whisk and your good to go!


  • ½ red onion
  • ½ lb of bacon
  • Broccoli crowns, three large heads makes six servings
  • 1 cup of nuts, either unsalted cashews or pistachios work well, but whatever sounds good
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese


  1. Slice ½ red onion into thin slivers, or chop finely, then place in bag with a few shakes of Brianna’s dressing if using the cheat version. This helps take some of the bite out of the onion.
  2. Cook ½ lb of bacon, drain and cool on paper towel, blotting grease. Once cool, chop in to tiny pieces, eliminating the fatty parts.
  3. Wash and chop broccoli heads into small pieces. Don’t use stalk, just the heads. Three large heads makes six side servings.
  4. Add 1 cup of nuts
  5. Add 1 cup of golden raisins
  6. Add 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
  7. Mix together and serve
  8. If you’re entertaining, you can prep all the ingredients and bag them separately in Ziplocs and chill in the refrigerator. 30 minutes before serving, mix everything together. This keeps everything crisp and crunchy.
  9. Enjoy!
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  • Mo Lloy | Jun 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I love this Vanessa! Carey did make it last night for the jewelry party, but I don’t remember nuts in it. I did enjoy the raisens and I think she only put about 3 slices of bacon in it (watched her) which might have cut a FEW calories.
    However, it was AWESOME!! I loved it and ate 2 helpings of it.

  • Heather Robinson | Jun 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Looks super yummy! I’ll have to try it.

  • Lindsey Adams | Nov 23, 2010 at 8:50 am

    This salad is absolutely incredible. It is the perfect combo of sweet, savory and tangy. I made it for a bridal shower and it was a huge hit. So, I’m making it again for Thanksgiving! I made the dressing that needs to sit for 3 hours which is perfect because you can make everything ahead of time, put in ziplocs and then throw it all together 30 minutes before the event. You have to try it.