Broccoli Bacon Salad for #SundaySupper

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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57 thoughts on “Broccoli Bacon Salad for #SundaySupper

  1. 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!

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  8. 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.

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

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  17. 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!

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

  20. 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!

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