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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With my Husband, we raise our two sons and a nephew, three dogs, a cat, four chickens and a large garden on my just under an acre lot in a small village in Southeast Michigan. I am passionate about real food, and eating as local as we can without giving up olive oil, coffee, you know the necessities. Herb gardens and backyard chickens, reading, writing, photography are my other passions. I believe that things will work out eventually, the glass is not only half full but it is refillable.