Broccoli-Bacon Salad

33 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
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/4 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

Preparation

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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; 0 g added sugars; 1480 IU vitamin A; 44 mg vitamin C; 36 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 160 mg sodium; 191 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (70% daily value), Vitamin A (30% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 fat

Reviews 33

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.
July 03, 2013
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By: susmcqueen
This Recipe is a Keeper! Made it for a work lunch. My co-workers tend to be hesitant to try my healthy recipes, but this one got rave reviews! will make it again for sure! Nice that leftover salad Wed. was as good as when I first served it Tues.!
July 15, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Delish! Really good salad - just as good if you omit the bacon. Also, I left out water chestnuts one time (forgot to get them at the store) - added about 2 Tbsp of sunflower seeds and it was just as good (in my opinion). Pros: It's all good! Cons: Nothing negative at all!
June 01, 2012
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By: dlnadel
OMG! I made this for a group we had at our vacation home for the weekend. I used turkey bacon, and cranberry/walnut salad topper. It was a huge hit!! We loved it!!
May 20, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
A healthier version of a classic This is a decent substitute for the unhealthy deli salad version. The dressing is a bit bland so I think I will adjust my seasonings a bit next time and I like the suggestion to sprinkle on a few sunflower seeds. (I left out the water chestnuts bc I don't care for them). I will make this again. Pros: Fast, easy, uses fresh veggies Cons: A bit bland