Kel’s Best Broccoli Salad, With or Without Bacon

Kel's broccoli salad sans bacon

What I love about this broccoli salad is that you can keep it vegetarian for those of you who don’t eat meat, or else add bacon, for those who would argue that bacon makes everything better! Either way, what you get, as my brother-in-law, David, so aptly described it, is a salad with many different layers of flavors and textures. You get crunch with the broccoli, almonds, onions and bacon (if used); sweetness with the raisins and sugar; tartness with the lemon and vinegar; and creaminess with the mayo.

I am so fortunate that Gabe, Lexi and Brad love broccoli, cooked or raw, but for those of you who are not so fond of this vegetable, give this salad a try — it may just change your mind. And for those of you who do like broccoli, here’s an easy-to-make salad that is an excellent side dish, quite adaptable for vegetarians or carnivores alike with the simple addition or omission of bacon.

Ingredients

Kel's Best Broccoli salad ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized fresh broccoli crowns, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup red onion, diced small
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ fresh lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise (I use Duke’s)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 6 slices of thick-sliced bacon (optional)

Preparation

Mix the broccoli, onion, raisins and almonds in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the lemon juice.

Mix together broccoli, almonds, raisins, onion, lemon juice

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, sugar and vinegar until well blended.

Mix together dressing ingredients

Add the dressing to the broccoli mixture and blend well. Chill for at least an hour to let the flavors blend and intensify.

Add dressing to broccoli salad

If you want the vegetarian version of this salad, you are done. Doesn’t this look fantastic?

broccoli salad closeup

However, if you are a bacon lover, right before serving you will want to cook the bacon until crisp, and then drain well on paper towels.

bacon on paper towels

Crumble the bacon into bite-sized pieces and fold into the salad. Bacon, bacon, bacon — yum, yum, yum!

add bacon to broccoli salad

So you decide on which version of Kel’s Best Broccoli Salad suits you best. Both rock!

broccoli salad with bacon

Bon appétit!

Eat, drink and be merry!

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7 Responses to Kel’s Best Broccoli Salad, With or Without Bacon

  1. Jackson, Jerry says:

    Sorry, but you’re not going to make a broccoli lover out of me with this (or any other) dish. Now if I substitute broccolini or broccoli rage, I might be able to digest it…right now I have an oversupply of kale that I am working through!

    Hope you are well and good.

    Jerry

  2. trkingmomoe says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I like this salad and will try your dressing recipe for it.

  3. Jerry says:

    Sorry, but you’re not going to make a broccoli lover out of me with this (or any other) dish. Now if I substitute broccolini or broccoli rage, I might be able to digest it…right now I have an oversupply of kale that I am working through!

  4. Jerry says:

    Uh…that was broccoli rabe, not rage. Rage only occurs with real broccoli.

    • Oh Jerry, you make me laugh! I was trying to think what you could substitute for the broccoli (although I really think you should give this a try), and the only thing that might work would be some crisp green beans.

  5. This looks great, I love broccoli but would never think of combining it with bacon — definitely giving it a try! Green beans sound good, too.

  6. Karen, you will love this! Especially with the bacon. BTW – I am no longer with FMI.

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