This broccoli cranberry salad with bacon is an easy summer salad recipe. Loaded with flavor from the fresh broccoli, dried cranberries, bacon, red onion, cheese, and sunflower seeds. Then tossed with creamy mayo and sour cream dressing. This salad screams summertime
Broccoli cranberry salad is quick and easy to make in a short amount of time. Making it the perfect salad to enjoy at a cookout this summer.
This classic recipe is quite simple to make. Even though it's loaded with a green veggie this summer salad is quickly becoming a family favorite. Of course, our potato salad and seafood salad are still among our top summer salad favorites.
The crunch from the fresh broccoli is just one of the many textures and flavors that brings this salad together. The creamy dressing really pulls together all the ingredients.
How To Make Broccoli Cranberry Salad
Let's start with the simple creamy dressing that coats this broccoli salad, I make mine with mayo and sour cream. To help cut the calories in this recipe I use Hellmann's light mayonnaise. You could also use Greek yogurt if you like.
We use sugar to help sweeten the dressing up a bit. Honey would be a great replacement for the sugar.
When it comes to the broccoli I find that cutting it into bite sized florets is best. I also don't blanch the broccoli but you could if you would like. Just add it into boiling water for 60 seconds then place it into a cold water bath until it cools.
Then pat it dry making sure that all the extra water is removed from the broccoli. Any extra water might make the dressing separate. We do use white vinegar in the dressing, apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar would work as a replacement.
As for the bacon I used real bacon bits that you find in the salad aisle at the grocery store. Freshly cooked bacon would work as well for this recipe. We have a quick and easy oven baked bacon recipe that you may find helpful.
If cooking bacon for this recipe you will want about 7 to 8 strips. Pat all the grease from the bacon strips and allow it to cool completely before adding it to the salad.
Dried cranberries can be replaced with raisins. I have made it both ways, both are just as equally delicious. Use whichever you have on hand or you like best.
So I am a cheese lover but for this recipe, I found that using half of a cup was plenty. You could add a whole cup if you like. I also prefer the mild cheddar over sharp cheddar for this broccoli cranberry salad.
Let It, Chill
Once you have all the ingredients mixed together we are going to let it chill for at least one hour. The longer the broccoli cranberry salad has to chill the better the flavors will marry togther.
Chilling will also allow for the fresh broccoli that wasn't blanched to soften a bit. Now don't think I haven't dug my fork into this freshly made salad because my fork marks might still be on the bowls in this image. It tastes great freshly made but with a bit of chill time it does taste even better.
This is one of those recipes that is great to make ahead of time. You can make it the night before and let it chill overnight. Broccoli cranberry salad will last stored in an airtight container for about 3 days.
Now that the warmer weather of summer is in sight soon the invitations to cookouts will be. This broccoli cranberry salad is the perfect quick and easy recipe to bring along to those cookouts. Or make a bowl full and enjoy it with our gumbo burgers or our grilled steak kabobs recipe.
Hope you enjoy this easy summer salad recipe. I'm off to enjoy a plate of this delicious broccoli cranberry salad.
My Creative Manner is answering the question "what's there to eat" with simple recipe creations ~ Jen
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- Steamed Broccoli
- Easy Instant Pot Beef And Broccoli
- Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup
- Raspberry Cranberry Jello Salad
Broccoli Cranberry Salad With Bacon
This broccoli cranberry salad with bacon is an easy summer salad recipe. Loaded with flavor from the fresh broccoli, dried cranberries, bacon, and nutty sunflower seeds. Mixed together with a creamy may and sour cream dressing. This easy to make broccoli salad is a must have summer salad.
- 5-6 Cups Broccoli florets
- ⅔ Cup Cranberries dried
- ½ Cup Bacon crumbled
- ½ Cup Mild Cheddar Cheese shredded
- ½ Cup Sunflower Seeds
- ⅓ Cup Red Onion diced small
- ¼ Cup Sour Cream
- ¾ Cup Mayo
- 1½ Tablespoon White Wine Vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons Sugar
- ½ Teaspoon Pepper
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
Cut broccoli into florets and place into a large mixing bowl.
Add the cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, bacon, sunflower seeds, and onion into the mixing bowl with the broccoli.
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the sour cream, mayo, vinegar, sugar, pepper, and salt. Whisk until the dressing is smooth and combined.
Add the dressing into the large mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Stir until everything is well combined.
Cover With plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.
Before serving mix the broccoli salad again.
The nutritional value may vary depending on the ingredients used.
The broccoli salad can be served right away but it's best to allow for the one hour of chill time. This gives time for the broccoli time to soften up a bit from the dressing.
Hellmann's light mayonnaise is the mayo I used to make this salad.