Broccoli Bacon Salad

broccoli bacon salad: delicious fresh broccoli salad with bacon, red grapes, red onion, and sunflower seeds. Paleo friendly.

C’mon now.

You and I both knew it had to be done.

When I said I might head into the kitchen over winter break to make a broccoli salad, you couldn’t have thought anything other than broccoli + bacon.

Could you have?

If you didn’t, we just don’t know each other very well yet.

And this dressing, let me tell you, is what happens when you pair the most disgusting ingredient on the planet (says me), with one of the most beautiful ingredients on the planet (also says me).

Mayo + white balsamic vinegar = magic.

I know there are plenty of you out there who love mayo.

This is something I just don’t get.

This affection for smelly white glop is a characteristic of my fellow human beings that leaves me parked, pink cheeked, in a corner with my dunce cap on.

But I’m trying to eek my way into
the cool crowd.

Just give me a little white balsamic. . . it’s like my Aqua-net in the 80’s.

It’s my ticket to IN.

Just let’s not confuse the two.

I’m not sure what white balsamic would do to my Tanner Family bangs.

So, we’re eating salad. With bacon.

And we’re getting back into the swing of things – you and I.

Aren’t we?

I know you’re cleaning, and I am. . . sort of.

I’ll get there.

book stack 2014And I have an entirely new stack of books – it tickles me just to look at it:

(Born on a Blue Day, Daniel Tammet; An Everlasting Meal, Tamar Adler; The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning; Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott; Moon Over Manifest, Kate Vanderpool.) 

All in all friends, the crux of the 2014 situation is that things are clopping along just fine.

Broccoli Bacon SaladThere will be some busyness, some slowness, some shouting and some laughing, tears and giggles, hair-pulling and back-rubbing, chocolate chip cookies and carrot sticks, a happy list and some time-outs, some prayer mornings and some I’m-so-tired-I-can’t-possibly-get-out-of-bed-right-now mornings, and. . .

some mayo and some bacon with a side of broccoli.

Broccoli Bacon Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4-6 generous side servings

Theoretically this salad should provide at least 4-6 generous side servings. However, I wanted to chow at least half of it in one sitting. The only thing that stopped me from devouring the whole thing was remembering that no one (no matter how much one might dearly love it!) should eat 5 tablespoons worth of mayo all at once (. . . um, right?). I was both surprised and pleased to see how well this held up in the fridge over several days. It's a terrific side to make the day before entertaining, or to make on the weekend and eat throughout the busy work week.


  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into bite size florets
  • 3/4 cup red grapes, sliced in half
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1/3 cup minced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 5 tablespoons mayonaise (head over here to The Healthy Foodie for a Paleo/Whole30 compliant recipe)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grade A maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


Bring a large pot of salted water to boiling. Prepare a bowl of ice water.

Blanch broccoli florets for 30 seconds, then drain them quickly and plunge them into the ice water.

Let them rest there while you prepare the rest of the salad.

In a large bowl, combine the cut grapes, bacon, red onion, and sunflower seeds. Toss to combine.

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonaise, vinegar, maple syrup, salt, and pepper.

Drain the broccoli florets and add them to the large bowl.

Pour dressing over the broccoli mixture and toss to combine.

This salad can be made ahead and stored for at least 3 days.


Sara| Home is Where The Cookies Are

6 thoughts on “Broccoli Bacon Salad

    • I agree with that entire statement. I actually had DJ in mind when I was thinking of my former bangs, but Jesse gave her a run for her money in that dept! And Rebecca has my post-DJ bangs. The whole family sports some kind of historical Sara-do. I was stylish.

    • Right? I mean about the broccoli salad. I have the same gag-reaction to Miracle Whip, but the same thing – I can occasionally mix it into something, and it turns into love!

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