Broccoli bacon salad is a delicious and easy-to-assemble side dish!

This healthy broccoli salad is full of fresh crisp broccoli, cheddar cheese, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits, tossed in a bright and tangy dressing!

This easy broccoli salad with bacon is a delightful balance of flavors and textures.

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A Healthy Broccoli Salad

  • Tuck versatile broccoli bacon salad into a low-carb wrap or pile it high on a bed of greens to make an energizing workday lunch!
  • Healthy broccoli salad is high in fiber and antioxidants. For lower calories, reduce the amounts of bacon and sunflower seeds.
  • This easy broccoli salad makes a welcome addition to parties and picnics for guests who follow a low-carb diet!
  • Broccoli salad recipes are quick and flavorful sides that can easily become hearty entrée salads with the addition of chicken, tuna, or salmon!
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Ingredients and Variations

Broccoli – Cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces so it’s easier to eat. Cauliflower can be used with or instead of broccoli, if desired. Other keto-friendly veggies to use are diced red bell peppers, sliced mushrooms, chopped red onions, or chopped kale.

Cheese – Cheddar cheese makes everything taste delicious! Other tasty cheeses to consider are crumbled bleu cheese, feta, or gorgonzola. Use just one to prevent overwhelming the salad, however.

Nuts – Sunflower seeds are high in protein and easy to digest. Chopped walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, slivered almonds, and hemp hearts are other good options.

Variations – Bulk up broccoli bacon salad and add extra crunch by mixing in a bag of cabbage slaw. A small amount of halved red grapes, diced apples, dried cranberries, or raisins can be added for a pop of color and some sweetness.

Dressing – Switch out the mayonnaise for Greek yogurt or use balsamic vinegar instead of apple cider to get a more vinaigrette-style dressing. Make it the day before so it’s extra cold and creamy!

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How To Make Broccoli Salad With Bacon

  1. Make dressing and chill until ready to use (as per the recipe below).
  2. Add prepared broccoli and remaining ingredients to a bowl and toss with the dressing. For best results, refrigerate at least an hour before serving.

What to Serve with Bacon Broccoli Salad?

More than a salad, serve it in a low-carb wrap or pita or scoop it onto a bed of lettuce with shredded chicken for an entrée salad. Or enjoy it with a side of homemade crackers or some cloud bread. Have it with anything from chicken to ribs!

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Recipe And Storage Tips

  • Lightly toast nuts in a sauté pan and cool completely before using them in recipes. This makes them extra crunchy and intensifies their flavor!
  • Use a small blender to whip the dressing which will make it extra creamy.
  • Make salad and the dressing up to a day ahead and dress right before serving.
  • Keep broccoli bacon cheese salad in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Freeze undressed salad in a zippered bag for up to 4 weeks in the freezer. Let it thaw in the refrigerator before dressing and serving.

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Broccoli Bacon Salad Recipe

This delicious low carb broccoli bacon salad is savory and fresh with an easy creamy dressing.
Prep Time 15 minutes
refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly



  • 6 cups broccoli bite sized pieces
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ cup bacon bits
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 stalks green onions sliced


  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons sweetener such as swerve
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Wash broccoli, drain, and pat dry
  • Toss all ingredients with the dressing mixture.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.


  • Toast nuts and seeds in a sauté pan and cool to make them crunchy and flavorful!
  • Whip the dressing in a blender to make it extra creamy.
  • Make up to a day ahead and add the dressing before serving.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 686mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 728IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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At Easy Low Carb® we believe that every meal should be full of big bold flavor! From amazing main dishes and simple sides to the best party snacks, reducing carbs doesn’t mean giving up your favorites!
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