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.
From EatingWell: 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.
35 Reviews for Broccoli-Bacon Salad
I usually love the broccoli salads in the deli but this recipe lacked flavor and taste. The bacon did not help. I will not make again.
I made this to take to a neighborhood party. It's super tasty! I took the advice of another reviewer and steamed the broccoli (on the stove) for just a few minutes to take away the bitterness and make it bright green. I also steamed for a bit longer the hard stalks so I could use those. (The broccoli is still crunchy.) I also used dried cherries and roasted, salted sunflower seeds in place of the cranberries and water chestnuts. Finally, I used plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream and white white balsamic instead of apple cider vinegar. The end result is super delicious with the right amounts of salty and sweet and texture variation, as well as a pretty green sight in my orange bowl!
I have made this salad three different times since I found the recipe for our annual Fourth of July picnic. I have served it to all age groups and various levels of "foodies" and all have agreed that it's a hit. One thing I do is use fresh broccoli crowns, cut them up into manageable sizes and steam them in the microwave for about a minute to a minute and a half. It brings out the taste and also the broccoli looks better in the salad. I have also substituted sliced cucumbers (skin on) for the water chestnuts and sausage crumbles for the bacon. It makes the salad name incorrect but it gives it a different flavor.