No BBQ is complete with tasty side dishes, and this delicious Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese recipe deserves a spot at every cookout you attend this summer.

Glass bowl full of Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese garnished with large serving spoons and salt and pepper shakers.

What is summer without broccoli salad?

Spotting a broccoli salad recipe at a summer BBQ is almost as common as spying potato salad. Sure, you can buy a version at the grocery store deli, but this Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese is so tasty and simple (plus a tiny bit healthier with the addition of Greek yogurt), you’ll never go back to store-bought broccoli salad again.

What do you put in a Broccoli Salad Recipe?

Our Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese ups the ante in a delicious way with the addition of crunchy bacon, sweet craisins, salty pumpkin seeds and rich and tangy Kerrygold Skellig Sweet Cheddar Cheese.

A lot of dressings for broccoli salad are the same: mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Our dressing uses Greek yogurt to replace some of the mayonnaise and includes only a modest tablespoon of honey. The result is still creamy and rich but not quite as heavy or sweet. As a result, the flavors of the individual ingredients really shine through.

Do you have to cook the broccoli for this Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese?

No, but you do need to refrigerate the salad for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld together. The broccoli will naturally start to soften after mixing with the salad dressing.

Glass bowl full of Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese on a white board. Bowl of homemade dressing is nearby along with package of Kerrygold Skellig Cheddar Cheese.

Love this broccoli salad recipe? Check out some other easy side dishes for your summer BBQs!

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Yield: 8

Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese

Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese

No summer BBQ is complete without this crowd-pleasing Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese. This make-ahead side dish is great for groups and always disappears! 

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • salt and pepper

Salad

  • 6 cups coarsely chopped broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 ounces Kerrygold Skellig Cheddar Cheese, diced
  • 1/3 cup craisins
  • 1/3 cup roasted and lightly salted pepitas

Instructions

To make the dressing: 

Whisk together mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar and honey and season to taste with salt & pepper. Set aside.

To make the salad: 

Combine broccoli, onion, bacon, cheese, craisins and pepitas in a large bowl. Stir in dressing until thoroughly incorporated. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Serve cold.

Notes

 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 243 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 344mg Carbohydrates: 18g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 9g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 10g
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