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Broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, and cheddar cheese

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Broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, and cheddar cheese is a great way to eat lots of broccoli! This salad has a perfect combination of everything: sweet and savory flavors, crunchy veggies and soft cheese, saltiness and smokiness from bacon, freshness and fiber from the vegetables!

If you like bacon, you’ll love this refreshing salad – it’s a great way to consume bacon in a healthier way. If you want to have more broccoli in your diet or just happen to have too much broccoli in your refrigerator, this is a delicious recipe to use it up and free up some space in your fridge!

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Perfect salad for any time of the year: winter or summer, spring or fall. So easy to make – the recipe uses the most basic ingredients found in any pantry!


Broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, and cheddar cheese, broccoli bacon salad, recipe for broccoli salad, broccoli salad dressing, broccoli raisin salad, vegetables

You can add lots of salad dressing (all of what’s indicated in the recipe below) or you can add just half – let your taste dictate whether you want the salad to be more or less creamy.

Broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, and cheddar cheese, broccoli bacon salad, recipe for broccoli salad, broccoli salad dressing, broccoli raisin salad, vegetables

Broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, and cheddar cheese

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, and cheddar cheese


  • 1 head broccoli, with leaves trimmed off
  • 6 to 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar, cut into very small chunks
  • 3/4 cup or less mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Wash the broccoli head. Cut the broccoli head into flowerets and small bite-size pieces. Wash them thoroughly again. Dry on paper towels.
  2. Add clean and dry broccoli pieces into a large mixing bowl. Add crumbled bacon, chopped onions, raisins, cranberries and sliced Cheddar cheese.
  3. To make a salad dressing, in a separate small mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, white vinegar, and sugar and whisk until well-combined. Add the desired amount of this salad dressing to the salad and toss to combine.


Adapted from Food Network




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  • Padaek March 19, 2014, 4:34 am

    What a great guilt free way to eat bacon! 🙂 It looks so beautiful and I can imagine the flavours in this salad would be just amazement!!

  • [email protected] March 19, 2014, 5:39 am

    I like those cheddar cheese chunks…and everything else! Beautiful salad! 🙂 ela

  • Angie (@angiesrecipess) March 19, 2014, 7:00 am

    A colourful and beautiful salad, Julia.

  • Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking March 19, 2014, 10:56 am

    This salad is so inventive! It’s like a favorite side dish lightened up! Can’t wait to try this out – any way to fool myself into eating more broccoli is fine by me!

  • Deb March 19, 2014, 11:45 am

    Such an irresistible salad! It hits all the right notes with crunchy broccoli, scrumptious bacon and sweet raisins.

  • Coffee and Crumpets March 19, 2014, 1:13 pm

    What a beautiful and colourful salad! I love broccoli, it has to be one of my favourite vegetables. Love this raw salad.

  • [email protected] Riffs March 19, 2014, 1:20 pm

    We eat broccoli all the time (once a week, at least) so I’m always looking for new recipes This is terrific! Tons of flavor, and such a riot of colors. Really good stuff — thanks.

  • Shashi @ RunninSrilankan March 19, 2014, 3:23 pm

    Wow – what a beautiful salad – gorgeous colors and textures! We eat broccoli every night in our house – this would be a wonderful new way to inhale it!

  • Ashley March 19, 2014, 4:33 pm

    I haven’t made broccoli salad since last easter! And now you have me craving it – this looks delicious!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen March 20, 2014, 9:23 pm

    LOVE this salad, Julia! We have it often at our house as it’s a family favorite. We just use dried cranberries (Craisins) instead of raisins. Pinned last night and pinning again! Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous Friday and weekend!

  • Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine March 21, 2014, 3:16 pm

    This is a beautiful salad and it sounds just scrumptious. I love all the vibrant color!

  • Sarah & Arkadi March 23, 2014, 11:03 pm

    excellent combo of ingredients Julia!

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu March 24, 2014, 2:08 pm

    What an amazing combination of flavors and gorgeous vibrant photos!

  • [email protected] March 26, 2014, 4:40 pm

    This looks fabulous Julia! Broccoli salad is one of my favorites. Love the sweetness of the dried cranberries and the saltiness of the bacon!

  • Laura Dembowski March 27, 2014, 2:46 pm

    All the colors in this look so pretty! I love different salads to keep dinner exciting!

  • Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar March 30, 2014, 2:05 pm

    What a beautiful bright salad! Looks yummy! Pinned. 🙂

  • Kaye April 14, 2014, 2:49 pm

    I made your recipe over the weekend. It was delicious and even better day 2. I am filing this recipe under my “entertaining” folder. Thanks! So pretty too!

  • Jenn Howland :) May 28, 2014, 5:18 pm

    This is delicious!! I did not include cranberries, and instead added a few extra raisins, and I used a 2.5 oz. bag of Equate brand real bacon pieces instead of cooking my own bacon. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  • Christy July 25, 2014, 11:01 am

    What is the serving size on this?? I adapted a few of the ingredients and made it a weight watchers recipe.

    • Julia August 7, 2014, 9:06 pm

      This is about 6 servings. What did you change to make it a weight watchers recipe? Low fat mayonnaise?

  • Judy P September 17, 2014, 6:26 pm

    Okay….this is too funny. I Googled “Broccoli and bacon salad” in order to make one of my favorites. And about fifth down the list what is there? Julia’s Album!!! No one will know why it’s funny….but you will!!

    • Julia September 19, 2014, 2:34 pm

      I just googled myself – I am the fifth (or sixth) on that list! That’s pretty cool! I am there in a good company, right after AllRecipes, Betty Crocker, and Food Network 🙂

  • Judy P September 17, 2014, 7:38 pm

    Oh my!! I had not put cheese in it before….sooooo yummy!!!

    • Julia September 19, 2014, 2:36 pm

      Thanks Judy! It’s a really good salad, the cheese really adds something!

  • Judy September 22, 2014, 3:53 pm

    I am eating this for lunch right now! I REALLY love this salad and you’re right, the cheese adds the final touch! Yum!

    • Julia September 25, 2014, 3:10 pm

      Ha-ha! I am glad you made it! When I made this salad a while ago I really loved it too!

  • Shirley November 26, 2014, 11:14 am

    Does any know the calories per cup for this recipe?

  • Diana April 23, 2015, 2:52 pm

    A little clarification please. Are you using craisins rather than cranberries? I can’t wait to try this recipe. Your presentation is beautiful

    • Julia July 1, 2016, 10:22 pm

      You can use craisins or dried cranberries. Soaking them in hot water and then draining makes them even better and plumper. 🙂

  • Natalie Muoio March 15, 2016, 12:07 am

    Did you use regular mayo or mircle whip? I would think it would be regular? Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe…

    • Julia July 1, 2016, 10:20 pm

      I used regular mayo.

  • Nicole March 24, 2016, 8:00 pm

    Is this salad quite sweet with the sugar, mayonnaise and raisins?

    • Christina June 4, 2016, 8:38 pm

      It has a sweetness, but it’s not overwhelming because the bacon and cheese are salty, and the vinegar is tart–I skip the raisins and double the craisins which I think adds extra tartness and is perfect.

  • Judy June 21, 2016, 3:20 pm

    Darling Julia, I am making this at the cabin for the millionth time for Cline and I and Susan and John (next door in LP). Thank you!!

    • Julia July 1, 2016, 10:17 pm

      Judy, thank you so much! I am glad you like this salad. 🙂

  • Vickie Davis September 7, 2016, 8:13 pm

    Add pecans! ADD PECANS!!!

  • Candy October 6, 2016, 1:43 am

    Trying this for Thanksgiving looks scrumptious!!!!!! 🙂

  • Trisha December 2, 2016, 9:03 am

    Good morning Julia. I discovered your recipe for Broccoli & Raisin Salad. What a pretty picture:) I have one question. A friend says she always blanches her broccoli & lets it drain, cool, & then she pats it dry. I know your recipe does not state doing that, but just
    wanted to check with you if perhaps you do. If so, what is your procedure? Thank you in advance for addresssing my question. Have a great Friday!!
    December 2, 2016

    • Julia December 17, 2016, 7:54 pm

      Trisha, blanching is always a great idea for broccoli! I don’t think I did it in this recipe, but in all my recent recipes I do blanch broccoli before adding it. Great suggestion!

  • Jessica Furse July 28, 2017, 12:59 am

    Can I make this the night before? Or should do it the morning of?

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