Bacon/ Brunch 'n' Lunch/ Summer Lovin'

The Best Broccoli Salad

July 30, 2018 (Last Updated: June 30, 2019)

Get ready to fall in love with this Crunchy Broccoli Salad with Bacon! Featuring Cranberries, Flaked Almonds & Feta, this really is simply the BEST Broccoli Salad Recipe!

I know right, broccoli salad!? It’s a bit of an odd concept isn’t it? Raw broccoli isn’t something you often find yourself craving, I know I’d never thought of eating it before. But let me tell you, a raw broccoli salad is potentially now of of my all time favourite salads, and I’m confident it’s about to be yours too!

Crunch Broccoli Salad with Bacon served in a bowl with two forks

I was first introduced to broccoli salad at a restaurant a few years back and only really ordered it through curiosity. I just remember being blown away at how gorgeous raw broccoli tastes in a salad. That nice crunchy texture, wrapped in a creamy dressing. So much yum.

So, first things first, let’s talk dressing.

Dressing for a Creamy Broccoli Salad

  • Sour Cream
  • Mayo
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt & Pepper

I like to keep it real simple with the dressing. No fancy ingredients, just the essentials to create a beautifully simple dressing that’ll compliment the broccoli salad just nicely.

How to make a Crunchy Broccoli Salad step by step

Ingredients for the best Broccoli Salad

  • Bacon
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Feta
  • Flaked Almonds
  • Red Onion

There’s so many awesome broccoli salad recipes out there, but for me those 5 ingredients give the most delicious combo.

A broccoli salad with bacon for is already a winner, but add some sweet cranberries, an extra crunch from the almonds, some feta for a little added creaminess and a gentle tang from the red onion and you’re on to something special!

Crunchy Broccoli Salad with Bacon - squeezing lemon juice

How to make a Crunchy Broccoli Salad ‘Crunchy’

  • The first and most important thing to remember for a crunchy broccoli salad is to not cook the broccoli. I repeat – you do not need to cook broccoli for a broccoli salad.
  • Add some texture to the salad by using different nuts and of course crispy bacon!
  • Serve it right away. By the letting the salad sit in the dressing you’ll take away some of that crunchiness from the ingredients soaking it up. WHICH by the way is by no means a bad thing, but for a crunchy broccoli salad definitely serve it straight away.

Alright somebody get me a dang fork, I’m hungry.

Crunchy Broccoli Salad with Bacon - close up on fork

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How to make a Crunchy Broccoli Salad with Bacon (Full Recipe & Video)

Crunch Broccoli Salad with Bacon served in a bowl with two forks

Crunchy Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Get ready to fall in love with this Crunchy Broccoli Salad with Bacon! Featuring Cranberries, Flaked Almonds & Feta, this really is simply the BEST Broccoli Salad Recipe!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Appetizer / Starter
Cuisine: Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 3
Calories: 556kcal

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1 large Broccoli, chopped into bitesized florets


  • 1/2 cup / 125g Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup / 125g Full Fat Mayo
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste


  • 4 rashers Streaky Bacon, cooked, cooled & chopped
  • 1/3 cup / 45g Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup / 20g Flaked Almonds
  • 1/4 cup / 30g Feta, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp Red Onion, very finely diced


  • Combine the ingredients for your dressing in a bowl and taste test for seasoning.
  • In a larger bowl, combine your broccoli and fillings, then pour in your desired amount of dressing.
  • Serve up with an extra squeeze of lemon juice!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Dressing amounts - You most likely won't need all of the dressing. Broccoli tends to suck up liquid so it's difficult to predict how much dressing you'll need, especially if you don't serve it straight away. Eyeball to your desired consistency in the first instance, then adjust as needed when the broccoli absorbs some of it up.
b) Filling amounts - Feel free to use more/less of each ingredient, it really is all down to preference. However here I offer the measurements I personally feel offer the best balance of flavour.
c) Calories - based on using all of the dressing, so may be a slight over estimate.


Nutrition Facts
Crunchy Broccoli Salad with Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 556 Calories from Fat 392
% Daily Value*
Fat 43.58g67%
Saturated Fat 10.6g53%
Trans Fat 0.07g
Polyunsaturated Fat 18.232g
Monounsaturated Fat 12.457g
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 683mg28%
Potassium 871mg25%
Carbohydrates 32.01g11%
Fiber 7.1g28%
Sugar 15.07g17%
Protein 14.73g29%
Vitamin A 3150IU63%
Vitamin C 203mg246%
Calcium 240mg24%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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Looking for more delicious broccoli recipes? Check out my Broccoli Pasta Bake!

Broccoli Pasta Bake with serving spoon

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  • Reply
    July 30, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    5 stars
    Bacon is life! Add in broccoli and Lemon flavor and I will happily eat it.

    • Reply
      July 31, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Such a nice combo right!?

  • Reply
    Jessica Formicola
    July 30, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    5 stars
    This salad would be perfect for any summer BBQ!

    • Reply
      July 30, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      So good for a BBQ!!

  • Reply
    July 30, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    5 stars
    Broccoli salad is always a welcome addition at any gathering. I like your addition of dried cranberries and feta!

    • Reply
      July 30, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      Yup! It’s literally my go-to salad to take anywhere

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    July 30, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    5 stars
    I’ve had plenty of broccoli salads, but never one that sounded this good!! Love that bacon and then the cranberries and almonds are just genus!

    • Reply
      July 30, 2018 at 8:36 pm

      Oh thanks, Pam! The bacon, cranberries and almonds taste so gorgeous in a broccoli salad!!

  • Reply
    July 30, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    5 stars
    I have never made a broccoli salad! This one looks delicious! I am going to get out of my shell and try this one!

    • Reply
      July 30, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      Ah you so gotta, Kelsey! It’s a game changer 🙂

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