This is truly the best fresh broccoli salad you will ever make, I really do mean this. You can make a big bowl and take it to a family reunion or neighborhood party, or cut the recipe in half and enjoy it as a family. I LOVE every fresh broccoli salad recipe I can find. This salad has bacon, mozzarella or Swiss cheese and a few other ingredients. You can add different things to it and change it to fit your taste, or just to use other ingredients you have in your pantry that it’s time to put to use. I must tell you a secret about this salad recipe, I paid about $30.00 from a popular store in California once and the salad was 1/3 of the size of this recipe. Live, learn and move on, right? This is a great salad for summer and a bonus to take to a holiday party. People love this salad, if they like broccoli, that is!
If you grow broccoli in your garden this recipe would be great to have for any meal. Of course, any salad that has bacon (or most any other meat) I will for sure love it! Yes, I have a few cans of Yoders bacon in my emergency food stash for a special meal. It is way too expensive to buy for everyday use, but then in an emergency, I will break out one of those cans. For this recipe, I just used precooked bacon from Costco I had stashed in the freezer. I think with the price of bacon these days I might not be buying bacon for a very long time. We had our daughter and family in town from Flagstaff for nearly a week. What a great time! I opened a can of this bacon and laid it side by side to the precooked bacon from Costco and it looked identical in size and tasted the same. Interesting test for me. Yoders Canned Fully Cooked Bacon, 9 Ounce or a 1/2 case: 1/2 Case (6 Cans) Yoder’s Premium Canned Bacon
One of the challenges with teenage girls is trying to plan meals they’d all like, besides pizza, bagels, etc. We decided to try this broccoli salad and it was a hit! Keep in mind that this is one of those salads that seems to get better with age.The kids liked it better the second day, and we’d made a large enough salad that there was plenty available the second time around. I particularly like this salad because it’s a good way to get the younger ones to eat vegetables. I know, it does have dressing and sugar and other ingredients, but since the broccoli is the main food item I feel better about it. Don’t be afraid to be creative and add different kinds of nuts, cheese, more onions. I know other cooks who add fruits like grapes to add a totally different look and taste. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
Fresh Broccoli Salad Recipe
- 3-4 whole heads of fresh broccoli break into small flowerets
- 1 cup chopped purple onion
- 2 cups grated Swiss cheese or mozzarella cheese
- 1-2 cups chopped cooked and crumbled bacon
- 2 cups mayonnaise or Miracle Whip salad dressing
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl (not the dressing ingredients). Mix all the dressing ingredients in a smaller bowl and pour over the salad ingredients. Serve cold. Optional add-ons: craisins, chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, grated carrots, sliced radishes, grapes, or raisins. It's even better the next day, I promise.