Entree, salad, Side

Broccoli Bacon Salad

March 09, 2022

What do you get when you mix broccoli, crispy bacon, walnuts and cheese with a creamy dressing? You get a salad bursting with flavor and crunch. This Broccoli Bacon Salad is addicting and comes together in about 25 minutes making it an easy meal prep on weeknights, or whenever. It’s also very filling as the broccoli is bursting with nutrients including a lot of fiber and boasts more protein than most other vegetables making it a nutrient dense food.

I use turkey bacon in this dish, and the key to making any bacon crispy is to remove bacon from package and pat dry. Then lay bacon strips evenly inside a large nonstick skillet before turning on the heat. Set heat to medium to cook. When bacon starts to brown on the bottom, I flip each piece and continue to turn multiple times throughout the cooking process, so I get the highest crisp factor on each side. Once cooked, I remove bacon to a prepared plate covered with paper towels to drain excess grease. (This will take the majority of time as the salad portion comes together in about 10 minutes.)

Tip: The recipe is doubled to make a large quantity. Cutting the recipe in half  will not affect the outcome. It will still be damn delicious!

Reviews:

COOK TIME

25 minutes

Course

Dinner, salad, Side

Cuisine

American, Gluten Free, Lactose free

Serving

12, 6 people

Ingredients:

1.32oz bag of broccoli florets
2.¼ -⅓ cup chopped walnuts (could use pecans or sliced almonds)
3.1/2 red onion diced
4.14 pieces of cooked bacon -crunchy
5.2 cups of lactose-free Cabot Cheddar Cheese shredded (could use regular cheddar)

Dressing

1.2 1/2 cups of Vegenaise Mayo (substitute: Avocado Mayo)
2.3tsp coconut sugar (sugar substitute: Swerve)

Directions:

1

Prep and Cook Bacon.

Remove bacon from package and pat dry with paper towels. Lay bacon strips evenly inside, unheated nonstick skillet.

Turn heat to medium and when bacon starts to brown on the bottom, flip each piece and continue to turn multiple times throughout the cooking process to get the highest crisp factor on each side. (cooking the bacon will take about 15 or more minutes)

Once cooked to desired crispness, remove bacon to a prepared plate or  covered counter top with paper towels to drain excess grease. Set aside to cool. 

2

Prep Salad Ingredients.

While bacon is cooking, chop broccoli if you want smaller bites. Place in large bowl.

Dice red onion. Add to broccoli bowl.

Shred Cheese. Add to broccoli bowl.

Chop nuts. Add to broccoli bowl.

Note: If bacon is still cooking you could prepare dressing now and refrigerate until bacon is done.

3

Remove Bacon From Stovetop.

Remove cooked bacon from the skillet. Transfer to a prepared plate or counter top covered with paper towels to drain excess grease.

Let cool.

4

Prepare Salad Dressing.

Combine Vegenaise mayo and coconut sugar in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside.

5

Chop Bacon.

Once bacon has cooled, chop into bite size pieces.

6

Combine All Ingredients.

Add chopped bacon to bowl with broccoli, onion, nuts, cheese. Fold dressing into dry ingredients, blending well, until everything is covered.

Serve immediately or refrigerate in airtight container until ready to eat.

Notes:

Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable. Cruciferous vegetables can cause gas which creates bloating for some people, especially those with a leaky gut.

Recipe submitted by Emy Breitenwischer.

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