Bacon is apparently so good, it can even make broccoli tasty.
Broccoli does have a reputation for being among the more unpopular foods, even among vegetables. However, even broccoli’s biggest critics might find they enjoy the greens with the right dressing and the right amount of bacon.
One key to this low-carb bacon broccoli salad with may recipe is getting the broccoli right. The trick is to boil the florets in water just long enough so that they soften a bit and turn bright green, but not so long that they turn mushy. About 3 minutes is usually the sweet spot for broccoli that makes a good bacon broccoli salad.
You can cook your bacon as you normally do — in the oven or in a pan — to the crispiness that you like it.
With the mayo dressing recipe, the ideal combination is the vinegar, sugar and mayo. This bacon broccoli salad recipe calls for red wine vinegar, but apple cider vinegar would work fine here as well. I add in a dollop of sour cream for a little more thickness.
The recipe below has mayo but no cheese, but you can include some shredded cheddar, such as a little shredded white cheddar cheese, which is common in broccoli salads. You’ll still have a low-carb bacon broccoli salad. However, leaving the cheese out is just fine because the bacon and broccoli are just so perfect with the easy mayo dressing.
For garnish, you can set aside a little bit of the bacon you use in the bacon broccoli salad to sprinkle on top at the end.
You can make this salad way ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
Bacon Broccoli Salad With Mayo Recipe – Low Carb
- Frying pan
- 2 Cups Broccoli
- 3 Strips Bacon
- 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
- 2 Tbl Red Wine Vinegar
- 3 Tbl Sugar
- 2 Tbl Sour Cream
- Boil the broccoli for about 3 minutes, just enough so it turns bright green and softens.
- Cook bacon in pan, about 5 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels for about 10 minutes then chop into 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch pieces.
- Drain and immediately cool the broccoli with cold water to stop the cooking process and prevent it from turning soft.
- Mix mayo, sugar, red wine vinegar and sour cream in a bowl.
- Combine broccoli with mayo mixture.
- Fold in chopped bacon.
What is Bacon Broccoli Salad?
Bacon Broccoli Salad is a salad that uses broccoli as a greens base instead of lettuce or cabbage. It typically includes a mix of bacon, a mayo-based dressing, vinegar, sugar, and sour cream. Some bacon broccoli salad recipes have no mayo, or they can add other ingredients like cranberries and cheese. Generally, these salads are considered low carb.
What’s the Tastiest and Healthiest Broccoli Salad Recipe?
The tastiest and healthiest broccoli salad will include broccoli and other high-nutrient, low-fat ingredients like nuts, cranberries, carrots, red onion and yogurt. It will likely not include ingredients like bacon or mayo. Try a recipe that combined chopped broccoli, dried cranberries, Greek yogurt, white vinegar, olive oil, honey, sunflower seeds, and chopped red onion.
What is a Good Bacon Salad Dressing?
A good bacon salad dressing is one that is vinegar-based. To make bacon salad dressing using warm bacon drippings, combine them with a sweetener like sugar or honey, a bit of vinegar and minced shallots. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. You can also make a creamy bacon salad dressing using mayo, sugar, and vinegar.
Broccoli Grape Salad Without Bacon
You can make a broccoli grape salad without bacon using this recipe and substitute the bacon for grapes. Consider adding chopped walnuts to complement the grapes. The combination of grapes and broccoli can work surprisingly well together in a salad. Broccoli grape salad without bacon can serve as an ideal meat-free side dish.