Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bacon Broccoli Salad

I hope y'all have been having as much fun this month as we have!  Since the 4th of July I have had family in town all the way from Seattle and we have been busy soaking up all Texas has to offer this summer - whew!  They're on their way back today {sniff} so I thought I would sit down and share a recipe with you that I made over the holiday because it was a Texas-sized hit at our gathering this year!

I became a fan of broccoli salad several years ago when I tried a sample at a tea room in town known for its lunch fare with a Texas twist.  Sadly, our local eatery closed last year and I have been dreaming of somehow re-creating that delicious flavor combination ever since!

I decided to give it a try for our family's 4th of July celebration, and with help from a little 'insider information' from a former employee and some guidance from the gals at the cooking counter in our local grocery, I think I've come pretty close!  So, here's my ode to The Texas Tea Room (may she rest in peace) and all it's tasty goodness!

Bacon Broccoli Salad

3 broccoli crowns, chopped
1 medium red onion, chopped
12 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 1/2 C roasted sunflower seeds
1 1/2 C sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 (14 oz) bottle bacon vinaigrette dressing
1 C mayo

Combine broccoli, bacon, onion, sunflower seeds and cheese in large mixing bowl. Mix dressing and mayo together in separate bowl. Pour dressing mix over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes about 12 cups.

This is a Texas-sized recipe for sure, so you may want to cut it in half if you're not trying to feed a crowd.   The red onion and sharp cheddar cheese give this salad a real 'Texas' flavor, but you could substitute your favorite flavor of onion, cheese and seeds or nuts to give it your own twist!
This salad is dee-licious, and super simple to make.  And once you do, you'll be hooked!
Happy summer y'all!



  1. I tried this once at a picnic and loved it. I'm not even a broccoli fan, but this salad is just delicious. Thanks for posting the recipe as I never asked for it. Can't wait to make it myself.

  2. Even I will eat broccoli if it has bacon and cheddar involved! Sounds like a perfect summer salad, thanks!

  3. Bacon and broccoli salad...My kind of YUMMY! Am FOLLOWING thanks for participating..bloggers are SOME OF MY FAVORITE PPL..


  4. First what a darling family and second super salad! I am really into broccoli salads these days and this sounds like an easy and tasty one. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend. Best wishes for tasty dishes this week.

  5. This has alwys been one of my favorite recipes! While I do have the recipe, I'm so glad that you thought to share it. I could eat it every day...especially in this 100 degree weather...sure beats using the oven!

  6. Thanks for sharing at Party In Polka Dots! You are being featured today! Come see later this afternoon!