Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cranberry

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Posted On: August 8, 2018
Last updated: January 4th, 2024

Fresh, crunchy, green and spectacularly delicious. This is one super easy broccoli salad with cranberry and bacon.  It’s so good I don’t even have to fight my kids to eat it.  Ok, well, maybe just one kid, but I’ll take 2 eating broccoli at least.  This broccoli salad is made with raw broccoli so it’s really easy to make in a rush. I just love this side salad for a hot summer day.  It goes great with BBQ or just to add to a weekday dinner or lunch.  You could even pack it with for your kids’ school lunch.

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Creamy, Crunchy Summer Side

This summer broccoli salad has the crunch you’re looking for in a summer side salad.  It’s slightly creamy, a little salty and sweet for those long summer days when you want something extra tasty, but don’t want a hot side dish on a long hot day.  It’s great to bring along for a summer party as well!

Summer Broccoli Salad with Cranberry & Bacon in small bowl
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Broccoli Salad Spin

Broccoli is just delicious with this slightly tangy, creamy and quasi healthy summer broccoli salad with cranberry and bacon.  Hey, it’s only 100 calories per serving which isn’t terrible.  Bacon lovers will love you for adding a little salty spin on this normally creamy and sweet dish.

Salad Ingredients; bacon, cranberry, cheese, honey, mayo
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What to Serve with Broccoli Salad with Cranberry & Bacon

Broccoli Salad in large serving bowl
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Please give this  creamy, crunchy summer broccoli salad a try and let me know below what you think!

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Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cranberry

This crunchy slight sweet and savory salad is a big hit in our house! I make it in place of heavy BBQ sides or for family gatherings. You can easily make it vegetarian if you do not include the bacon.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Cold Side Dish, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 155 kcal


  • 1.5 lb Broccoli florets washed and trimmed to bite size
  • 1/3 cup real mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup real sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries may substitute with raisins if need be
  • 3-4 slices thick apple-wood smoked bacon cooked crispy
  • 1/3 heaping cup shredded cheddar or Colby jack cheese I usually use Colby only because my kids aren't big fans of cheddar
  • 1-2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil save for serving


  • Add broccoli and cranberries to a large mixing bowl and combine.
  • In a small mixing bowl add mayonnaise, sour cream, apple cider vinegar, honey, salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth like dressing.
  • Add your creamy dressing to the broccoli and cranberries and stir till well combined.
  • Fold in bacon and shredded cheese
  • Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Once you're ready to serve it, drizzle some olive oil on it to freshen it up and re-moisten it. (I like to do this instead of adding more mayo or sour-cream. It turns out great I think)


This is a great broccoli salad for a party, BBQ or just a weekend side dish. My whole family loves it, including the kids! 

Nutrition Disclaimer:

The nutritional information provided is only an estimate based on a third party nutritional plugin. Different online calculators may give different results depending on their own sources. The estimates may also change based on the ingredients you use. If you have dietary restrictions and need to accurately calculate the nutrition of this recipe, Whole Made Living recommends consulting a professional nutritionist.


Serving: 13cupCalories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 291mgPotassium: 245mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 480IUVitamin C: 61mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bacon, broccoli, gluten free, party side, Salad
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