Broccoli Bacon SaladA few years ago, at my sister-in-law’s baby shower, I sampled the very best salad ever. It was crunchy and sweet. There was a slight tang to the dressing that matched smokey undertones. I did not just have one plate, I went back for seconds. It was awesome. I knew that I had to try and recreate this salad.

Since then, it is one of my favorites to bring to a Shower, whether it is a bridal shower, baby shower or even a house warming party. It looks so fresh and pretty with all of its colors and textures. This salad is always a hit and always good. What  is this salad that I am talking about? Well it is the Broccoli Bacon Salad.

Broccoli Bacon Salad

Meal type Appetizer, Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party


  • 2 cups Broccoli florets (chopped small)
  • 6 pieces Thick cut bacon strips
  • 2 tablespoons Bacon Drippings (reserved from frying the bacon)
  • 1/4 cup Red onion (finely diced)
  • 8oz Orecchiette pasta (Or shell shaped pasta if you have it on hand)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons White sugar
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons White Wine Vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 handful of dried cranberries
  • 1 sprinkling of sunflower seeds for crunch


This salad is good served cold or at room temperature. Leftovers should be refrigerated.


Step 1
Begin to boil pasta as the package directions instruct and start to fry your bacon
Step 2
chop broccoli and set into a mixing bowl. Add diced onion
Step 3
When bacon is crispy, takeout of pan and reserve 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings
Step 4
In a bowl, combine the bacon drippings and white sugar. Mix until sugar is dissolved.
Step 5
In a bowl, add the mayonnaise, white wine vinegar and bacon dripping sugar mixture. Whisk until combined. refrigerate to chill for about 10 minutes.
Step 6
To the broccoli and onions, add the drained, cool, pasta and crumbled bacon bits.
Step 7
Toss with the dressing.
Step 8
Finish by sprinkling the cranberries and sunflower seeds into the salad bowl.

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  1. 4-21-2013

    What a beautiful salad, Shannon! I love the bacon broccoli combination and the dried cranberries add a little pop of red. I could eat the whole bowl!

  2. 4-21-2013

    I adore this salad, too, and love the idea of adding pasta! Beautifully done, Shannon!

  3. 4-21-2013

    I’ve had this salad, but never with pasta…what a great idea! The ones I’ve had also have a bit of shredded cheddar. I can’t wait to make this for our next potluck…

  4. 4-21-2013

    Okay, I make Broccoli Salad all the time…it’s a favorite of absolutely everybody I know (my whole family whines if it doesn’t show up at a holiday potluck)…HOWEVER, I’ve never seen it with pasta added. That is brilliant! I will totally be adding it next time.

    • 4-21-2013

      You have to try it! The pasta is awesome in it. Not too much that it becomes a pasta salad, but enough to add some different texture. Yum!

  5. 4-21-2013

    There’s a similar salad that my wife loves! I’m going to surprise her by making this! YUM!

  6. 4-21-2013

    Oh, yes pleeeease!!! Broccoli – Bacon – Pasta how can this not be amazing! Thank you for sharing – it sounds so good! ~ Bea

  7. 4-21-2013

    What a beautiful and PERFECT salad! I love that you added the dried cranberries too… I add them in most of my salads ;-) Thanks for sharing this delicious dish!

    • 4-22-2013

      Dried Cranberries add such a great sweet tartness to the salad. They are awesome in anything though lol Yum

  8. 4-21-2013

    Loving this combo! Can’t go wrong with a great salad!! YUMMY!

  9. 4-21-2013

    I love the variation on this salad. I will be making this next time I have a crowd come in. Thanks for sharing!!

  10. 4-21-2013

    Beautiful salad! Broccoli is my favorite veggie, and well, everything is better with bacon!

  11. 4-21-2013

    I’m pretty sure this would be great anytime not just for showers.

  12. 4-21-2013

    WOW – the combo of the flavors in this recipe sounds amazing. I am going to make this as a side dish one night this week! YUM :)

    • 4-22-2013

      It is a must try! I just love the sweet, salty, smokiness of the salad. The broccoli cancels out the bacon drippings right? lol

  13. 4-22-2013

    Broccoli…bacon…sounds like you really can’t go wrong.

  14. 4-22-2013

    Mmmm. I make a broccoli, bacon salad (which I love) but it doesn’t have pasta OR dried cranberries in it. Think yours will be my new favorite too. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  15. 4-22-2013

    Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to try this! I think I might sub lemon juice for the white wine vinegar.

  16. 4-22-2013

    Bacon and my most favorite pasta in the whole world = fabulous!!! The rest of it in there is just a bonus. I probably would go back for thirds.

  17. 4-23-2013

    I love the sweet and salty combo. So pretty!

  18. 4-23-2013

    Broccoli, bacon, and pasta sound wonderful. I think I might make this as a side for dinner tonight!

  19. 4-23-2013

    Oh wow you added bacon to your broccoli salad! I need to make this for lunch.

  20. 4-23-2013

    I LOVE broccoli salad and I have never had it with pasta added. I’m thinking this would be great to bring on a picnic too! Yummy :)

  21. 4-24-2013

    Shannon, my mouth was watering as I read through this post. I haven’t had this salad in years. At an old job of mine, about 10 years ago, we’d do monthly potluck style lunches and one of my coworkers always brought her amazing broccoli bacon salad. It was always a huge hit. Thanks for sharing this – I need to make this soon!

  22. 4-25-2013

    I make pasta with broccoli and parmesan all the time, but never thought of making a pasta salad like this one. It´s so delicious looking! A bowl of this in the fridge and I´m a happy person!


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