Bodacious Broccoli Salad Recipe -
Bodacious Broccoli Salad Recipe
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Bodacious Broccoli Salad
A kicking, creamy 5-star broccoli salad with bacon and cheese. See more
  • READY IN 30 mins

Bodacious Broccoli Salad

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"This recipe is requested at every family gathering. Let it be your next dish that they crave! I like this dish to be prepared at least two hours before serving. Be sure to have copies of the recipe on hand, as everyone will ask for it!"

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, and crumble.
  2. In a large bowl, combine broccoli, cheese, bacon and onion.
  3. Prepare the dressing in a small bowl by whisking together the red wine vinegar, sugar, pepper, salt, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Combine dressing with salad. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 14, 2006

This recipe is so good, my whole family loved it. My dad wanted me to make more, so he could take it to work the next day. since he is on a diet, i used non-fat plain yogurt instead of mayo and he didnt even know the differnace. using the yogurt instead of the mayo cut out a lot of the fat, and not a lot of the taste. will continue to make this recipe with yogurt.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 03, 2010

I have made a version of this for years. I thought this one might be a different and delicious change. Not so... This was way too peppery, too much cheese and the red wine vinegar(and the lemon juice) made it almost bitter.

Sep 26, 2006

Had to review this again since I've made it at least 6 to 8 times this summer. It was fabulous the 1st time I made it and has become a favorite. I don't measure ingredients any longer and I vary them with what I have on hand. Plumped raisins and sunflower seeds make it extra good, but it's great without.It's a wonderful make-ahead dish and left-overs keep nicely. I always double the dressing using Splenda, red wine or cider vinegar, and light mayo.THE BEST! deserves 6 stars!

May 29, 2003

I love this salad! I use one head of cauliflower and one head of broccoli and the combination is remarkable. Great for pot-lucks.

Jun 29, 2003

I used a yellow onion as that is what I had and it worked fine. I think the cheddar cheese is a must. I would recommend chopping the broccoli rather small in order to incorporate the dressing for best flavor. Very good recipe.

May 28, 2003

The salad was very good and I will definitely make again. I did not use the recommended amount of pepper after reading the other reviews. I used about 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper.

Jan 16, 2004

This was very good. I used a bag of frozen cut broccoli and splenda.

Aug 30, 2003

It was great! I bought fresh broccoli floweretts at the bulk food store and chopped them. I also substituted Splenda for the sugar to use in our low-carb diet. My husband really loved it


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  • Calories
  • 273 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.3 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 24 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 8.1 g
  • 16%
  • Sodium
  • 543 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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