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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I am a married, mother of 2. With my Husband, we raise our two boys, two dogs, two cats, 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. lol