Broccoli Bacon Salad

This broccoli bacon salad recipe is a hearty main meal salad that is sure to please even the men in your household.  This recipe is a twist on a simple broccoli salad, but because it includes romaine lettuce and bacon, it moves from side salad to main entree.

I really like a smokey flavored bacon so I buy the bacon at my local butcher.  I ask to have it cut on the thicker side and because I use this as a main dish, I am generous with the bacon.

The recipe below will serve 4-5 if you are serving it as a main entree or 8-10 if you decide to serve is as a side dish.  Either way this broccoli bacon salad is a winner.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

SALAD:

  • 1 head fresh broccoli, washed and cut into bite-size flowerets
  • 3 cups of chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 – 1 cup crumbled bacon (approx. 6 to 8 slices for 1/2 cup and 12-16 slices for 1 cup)

DRESSING:

  • 1 1/2  cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

  • Cut raw bacon into small pieces and cook.  Drain and cool, and set aside.
  • Add broccoli, red onions, cranberries, almonds and sunflower seeds to a large bowl.
  • Next, make the dressing by mixing mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and pepper in a small bowl.  Pour dressing over the broccoli salad and mix thoroughly.
  • Transfer salad to a large plate or serving bowl.
  • Finish the salad off by garnishing with the crumbled bacon.
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