Broccoli-Bacon Salad

Broccoli-Bacon Salad

37 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2009

A picnic favorite, this salad combines broccoli, water chestnuts, cranberries and just a little bacon for delicious results. Our version has plenty of creaminess without all the fat. Make it once and it will become a regular on your backyard barbecue menu.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 cups finely chopped broccoli crowns , (see Tip)
  • 1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
  • 3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • Freshly ground pepper , to taste


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  1. Whisk garlic, mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar and sugar in a large bowl. Add broccoli, water chestnuts, bacon, cranberries and pepper; stir to coat with the dressing.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  • Tip: Most supermarkets sell broccoli crowns, which are the tops of the bunches, with the stalks cut off. Although crowns are more expensive than entire bunches, they are convenient and there is considerably less waste.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 scant cup
  • Per serving: 92 calories; 5 g fat(2 g sat); 2 g fiber; 11 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 35 mcg folate; 10 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 3 g added sugars; 1,480 IU vitamin A; 44 mg vitamin C; 36 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 160 mg sodium; 191 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (73% daily value), Vitamin A (30% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat

Reviews 37

May 11, 2017
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By: Maxine Campbell
It's fine but why waste the stalks? That's the best bit of the broccoli
May 08, 2017
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By: kac1950
I love this salad. I'm making a batch right now. I usually do about once every couple of weeks. My granddaughter brought to party last. year. In my version, I also add about 1/2 cup apple diced up. I put cranberries in most things. I also add sun flower seeds before serving. I do use celery instead of water chestnuts only because I usually have celery on hand. Oh, I almost forgot the grapes, again about 6-7 grapes cut in thirds usually, depending on size.
March 10, 2017
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By: Sclark101613
Refreshing. No changes. We will make it again.
February 27, 2017
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By: Cecelia Moritz
No changes Loved it
June 12, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
This salad was at a picnic I attended and it was delicious! I found myself trying to guess at some of the ingredients; so I decided to stand up and ask who made the broccoli and bacon salad? Turns out the person that made this delightfully healthy salad, was sitting right behind me! The dried cranberries is a great combination with the broccoli and bacon, providing just the right amount of sweetness. She was not only kind enough to share this recipe, she told me where to find it! Thanks for publishing this great healthy recipe. I will be making it for my family soon!
April 05, 2016
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By: EatingWell User
Amazing! This was real food at its finest. Fresh tasting, light and healthy. I'm keeping this in the fridge! Pros: Crsip and fresh tasting! Cons: None
July 09, 2014
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By: dohughes61
Even anti-broccoli people liked this The first time I made this, it was for a birthday party in June. I did not have water chestnuts, so I used celery. Also, I had Hormel Real Bacon Bits, so I used that (bonus - less fat than regular cooked bacon). It was a big hit! So much so that I was asked to bring this to a Fourth of July picnic. For that batch, I again used celery, but added a little more bacon bits and cranberries. Everyone loved it! Pros: Tasty, healthier, flexible
June 15, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Yummy and Healthier Than Most My family really liked this salad the first time I made it. I omitted the sugar. I will make it again, and may add chopped pecans.
June 14, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious pot luck salad I first made this broccoli salad to bring to a neighborhood barbecue. It was a hit. The second time, I added more cranberry and bacon and made it the day before. Even better. This recipe is now one of my standard go-to side dishes for potlucks and barbecues.
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