Quinoa Recipes

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese

This Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar cheese is a healthy broccoli salad that doesn’t require sacrifice. With crunchy broccoli and almonds, crispy bacon, a touch of bite from red onion and a hint of sweetness from dried cranberries and the yogurt mayonnaise dressing, this crowd pleaser will soon become a favorite. Gluten free with a vegan option.


To me, few things are more satisfying than a delicious salad.

So you might be surprised to learn that I rarely order a salad when eating out.

I find that all too often, salads disappoint.
Two bowls of Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese - a healthy broccoli salad
Bland dressings, produce that is slightly past its peak or flavorless. If you are a salad snob (totally a thing) like me, you know what I mean.

Because of this, I make a looot of salads at home. Most of the time I stick to the same basic formula.

Greens, healthy protein, three or four veggies that vary depending what I have on hand and a homemade dressing. Sometimes I add in a little cheese or half of an avocado.
Horizontal shot of Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese
Lately, I’ve been trying to get more raw vegetables into my diet. The challenge is that after I’ve had a big salad for lunch, more raw vegetables for dinner just isn’t appealing.

Enter this Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese.

Overhead shot of Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese

It is the perfect side dish for any meal, and a crave-worthy salad. I like to make it with homemade mayo, but you can make it with purchased mayonnaise too. (Preferably organic.)
Close up shot of Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese
And while I don’t fear fat, if you are trying to avoid fat in your diet you can skip the mayo altogether and just use Greek Yogurt.

Either way, you are going to love this healthy broccoli salad with bacon and cranberries!

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese

This Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar cheese is a healthy broccoli salad that doesn’t require sacrifice. With crunchy broccoli and almonds, crispy bacon, a touch of bite from red onion and a hint of sweet from dried cranberries and the yogurt mayonnaise dressing, this crowd pleaser will soon become a favorite. Gluten free with a vegan option.

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces broccoli chopped
  • 8 ounces turkey bacon cooked (or cooked tempeh bacon)
  • 1/2 red onion chopped fine
  • 3 ounces grated cheddar or Daiya shreds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt dairy or non-dairy
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise or veganaise
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Swerve or other sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl combine broccoli, bacon, onion, cheese, and cranberries in a large bowl.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.

  3. Add dressing to the large bowl and toss to combine.

  4. Top with almonds and serve.

Recipe Notes

Variations:

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Pine Nuts

Omit the almonds and substitute an equal amount of pine nuts. Toast the pine nuts in a skillet over medium heat for 7 to 10 minutes.

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Mozzarella Cheese

Omit the cheddar cheese and use three ounces of cubed fresh mozzarella cheese.

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Sunflower Seeds

Reduce the almonds to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup salted sunflower seeds.

Nutrition Facts

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar Cheese

Amount Per Serving

Calories 268 Calories from Fat 171

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 19g 29%

Saturated Fat 5g 25%

Cholesterol 42mg 14%

Sodium 1067mg 44%

Potassium 320mg 9%

Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%

Dietary Fiber 2g 8%

Sugars 4g

Protein 14g 28%

Vitamin A 7.4%

Vitamin C 46.6%

Calcium 12.6%

Iron 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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