Loaded Broccoli Salad


This is the broccoli salad you will get special requests for. The combination of bacon, sour cream, mayonnaise, scallions and Cheddar is hard to resist.

Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

How to Cut Broccoli for the Salad

Using a chef's knife, cut off the stalk of the broccoli and trim any leaves.

A head of broccoli being cut on a cutting board
Casey Barber

Cut the crown into individual florets.

Broccoli being cut on a cutting board
Casey Barber

Cut the florets in half. If the florets are large, cut them into quarters.

Small broccoli pieces being cut on a cutting board
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Can I Make It Vegetarian?

Absolutely! You can omit the bacon and add walnuts, pecans or sunflower seeds for crunch. Or add smoked almonds for a savory smoked flavor.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 3 slices bacon

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 4 teaspoons rice vinegar or cider vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 4 cups finely chopped broccoli florets (11 ounces)

  • ½ cup sliced scallions

  • ½ cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon fat. Chop the bacon when cool enough to handle.

  2. Whisk sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, pepper and the reserved bacon fat together in a large bowl. Add broccoli, scallions, cheese and the chopped bacon. Stir to coat with the dressing.

    Loaded Broccoli Salad
    Photographer / Brie Passano, Food Stylist / Annie Probst, Prop Stylist / Holly Raibikis


Large skillet

To make ahead

Cover and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

191 Calories
17g Fat
4g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size generous 3/4 cup
Calories 191
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Vitamin A 1668IU 33%
Vitamin C 46mg 51%
Vitamin D 5IU 1%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 42mcg 11%
Vitamin K 33mcg 28%
Sodium 229mg 10%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 19mg 5%
Potassium 225mg 5%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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