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Bacon and Broccoli Salad

You'll want to serve this family-friendly broccoli salad with bacon year-round. The broccoli gets a big-time flavor boost from bacon, toasted pecans, dried berries and a mayo dressing. —Cindi Read, Hendersonville, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 3 bunches broccoli, cut into florets (about 10 cups)
  • 1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. For dressing, in a small bowl, whisk mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Pour over broccoli mixture; toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 300 calories, 19g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 5g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • Danielle
    Sep 7, 2020

    No comment left

  • kimspacc
    Jul 26, 2018

    Great with fresh blueberries, too!

  • Shawn
    Sep 14, 2017

    Since there are only 2 of us, I cut this recipe down by about 2/3. The good news is, it worked out great. The bad news is, it was so good, we wanted more!! A keeper for sure

  • Appy_Girl
    Sep 11, 2017

    Loved this recipe. I did make some changes using what I had on hand. I used dried cranberries and pecans. I cut back on the sugar and made the dressing using 1/3 cup mayo as the base. I also used White Balsamic Vinegar. Great eye and taste appeal.Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor

  • Appy_Girl
    Sep 11, 2017

    Joining others in declaring this one a winner. I too made a few changes. Based on what I had on hand and down sized for just 2. I used dried cranberries and pecans and I also used White Balsamic Vinegar in place of the cider.Dressing was prepared using a base of 1/3 cup of mayo, sugar reduction as well as Vinegar. I also used just 3 slices of bacon. This is a spot on recipe that can be custom fitted to your order. Crunchy and very tasty. Just the right amount of creamy sweetness and tang. I added some freshly ground pepper to the dressing as well.Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor

  • NanaNeicy
    Sep 9, 2017

    Absolutely loved this! I made it for a family reunion, and it was a smash! Mixed it up the night before, and the flavors melded beautifully. I did change a couple of things - ingredient substitutions because that's what I had on hand:Not a huge fan of dried cherries, so I substituted Cherry Juice Infused Dried Cranberries instead, along with Orange Flavored Dried Cranberries and the dried blueberries. Used a sweet onion instead of the red onion, actually liked the flavor better. No apple cider vinegar on hand, I wanted to use a flavored vinegar instead of plain white, so tried instead Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinaigrette. Oh. My. YUMMM!!!! Yes, I will definitely make this again! AND my hubby loved it! (He who doesn't like Balsamic Vinegar)

  • MarineMom_texas
    Sep 6, 2017

    I made this delicious salad for a pot luck and came home with almost an empty bowl. I used Splenda and added some dried cranberries to the mix. This salad is a winner. I highly recommend it.Volunteer Field Editor

  • annrms
    Sep 5, 2017

    Keeper, keeper!!! I made a third of the recipe. Used a mix of dried cherries, blueberries, & cranberries from Aldi. I used less sugar because we like food less sweet. Will definitely make this again...and again!!! Here are my measurements for 1/3rd of the recipe. I made one-third of the recipe(give or take)...1 pound broccoli, 5 slices bacon, 1/3 cup toasted, chopped pecans, 2/3 cup Aldi's mixed dried fruit (as suggested), and chopped red onion dressed with 1/3 cup mayo, 2t. sugar (just sweet enough for us), and 4 t. cider vinegar.

  • amehart
    Sep 5, 2017

    Wow! LOVE this salad! The dried cherries, blueberries and pecans are different than I normally use in this salad and they are wonderful! It was hit at our Labor Day get together and everyone asked for the recipe. Definitely a keeper!

  • bicktasw
    Sep 2, 2017

    What a wonderful sweet, salty and sour salad! I used the dried cherries but substituted raisins for the dried blueberries. The toasted pecans added just the right "toasted" taste to this delicious salad and the bacon ... well, what can I say about bacon??? I will definitely be making this again! 5 stars for sure!!!