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The ultimate side dish for your next BBQ, this Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar is loaded with fresh broccoli, sharp cheddar cheese and smoky bacon, all tossed in simple tangy dressing.


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A delicious un-salad salad

Broccoli and Cheddar… a match made in food heaven. Add crisp bacon and creamy, tangy dressing to the mix, and you’ve got one tasty side salad. I mean, you literally cannot go wrong here.

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar

A Family favorite

This Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar is one of my most requested recipes among friends and family. My secret? tons of bacon and fresh grated, tart sharp cheddar cheese. If you were looking for a healthy “salad,” close this window now- we’re using the term salad VERY loosely here, as this is more an indulgent treat than a healthy side dish.

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Looking for more great side dishes?

Try my Mexican Street Corn SaladCauliflower Potato MashButternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Onions, or Stuffed Pattypan Squash!

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To make this Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar of a side dish, sure to make you the hit of the BBQ, you will need:

  • 2 lbs of fresh broccoli
  • 12 oz bacon
  • 3.5 cups fresh grated sharp cheddar
  • 1 cup of mayo
  • and a little white vinegar and sugar

Once you’ve got all of your ingredients, you just need to chop up all that broccoli (i like to process the stalks and add those as well so they don’t go to waste), cook the bacon, and toss the broccoli, bacon, cheddar and dressing together- and voila, you’re ready to eat!

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar

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Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: bacon, broccoli, cheddar


  • Food Processor


  • 2 lbs

    chopped fresh broccoli florets and ground stalks (in food processor)

  • 12 oz bacon, chopped
  • 3.5 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • 1 cup mayonaise
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar, plus 1 tbsp
  • 2 tbsp sugar, plus 1 tsp


  • Chop bacon into 1/4” pieces and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until crisp-around 15 minutes. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.
    2. While the bacon cooks, separate broccoli florets from stalks. Chop broccoli florets into small, bite size pieces. Cut stalks up into roughly 1” pieces, transfer stalks to a food processor and pulse until all pieces are finely chopped. Transfer all broccoli to a large mixing bowl.
    3. Combine all dressing ingredients in a medium mixing bowl or 2 cup liquid measure with a wire whisk until well incorporated. Transfer to the bowl with the broccoli.
    4. Add bacon and shredded cheese to the bowl with the broccoli and dressing, and toss all ingredients until all broccoli is well coated. Serve immediately, or transfer to to aright container and refrigerate up to 3 days.

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