Colleen’s Broccoli Salad

April 2nd, 2011 by katie

We used to have a potluck nearly every weekend at work.  Because if you had to be stuck at work on the weekend, at least you could spend twelve hours eating and laughing.  This broccoli salad is a great addition to the heavier dishes and sweets that invariably make up potluck fare.  I have never been a big fan of raw broccoli but in this salad the dressing softens and removes the woodsy texture from the florets.  The combination of grapes, sharp cheddar, bacon, and nuts results in a sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy hit of a salad.  Be sure to mince your ingredients so everything is around the same size and each bite will consist of a bit of each component.  I prefer the textures and flavors after a night in the fridge and the broccoli is hearty enough to hold up for several days- if it lasts that long.

Broccoli Salad

makes about 6 cups, prep 15 min
  • 2 large heads of broccoli, florets only, diced
  • 6 slices of bacon, minced, cooked
  • 1/4 cup small red grapes, halved or quartered
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar, finely shredded
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  1. Combine broccoli, bacon, grapes, cheddar, onion, and almonds in a large bowl.
  2. Mix together mayo, sugar and vinegar.  Pour over salad, toss and chill.
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14 Responses

  1. Gwen~healthymamma

    What a great idea for a healthy addition to any potluck or party. Or maybe just a light summer lunch.
    I will make this using Greek Yogurt.

  2. Lea Ann

    I have a recipe very similar to this and it’s just wonderful. Will try this one next time with the variation of red wine vinegar (as opposed to cider) and almonds.

  3. Stacy

    This is a lot like my broccoli salad, only I use dried cranberries instead of grapes and I use some broccoli slaw mix with the broccoli flowers for added texture.

  4. Jimi

    I’m so glad to see a new post from you! I’ve been making your pizza crust lately and feel like I’m finally perfecting homemade pizza (I bake the crust for about 5 minutes before adding toppings). I love everything I try from your site!

  5. Anne from Olympia

    I made this salad last night and it is wonderful. I am on Weight Watchers so I used half fat free mayonnaise and half greek yogurt and it was really good. Also used turkey bacon. Would be even better with the real stuff. I reduced the sugar to 2 T and it was still great!
    Thanks, Katie!

  6. Michelle

    I love broccoli salad. I like the almond addition here. Bet it’s a good add-in.

  7. waynette

    So glad you’re back…!

    I’ve been missing your recipes, and really can’t wait to try this one!

  8. penandra

    This is also particularly good with dried cranberries (saves cutting up the grapes! 😉

  9. Biz

    I will definitely be making this – sans the onions of course! 😀

    Glad to see you back Katie!!!

  10. Avrielle

    This looks absolutely wonderful, a great spring recipe! I will be making that very soon!

  11. angie

    I like this 🙂 Thanks for posting.

  12. Lea Ann

    I have a similar recipe and think that brocolli salad is just the best. Will have to try yous with the slight variations.

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