Broccoli Bacon Salad

Broccoli Bacon Salad

It’s the point in the term where everything comes crashing down, and I’ll be busting my buns right up until the last day of the term. There’s A LOT to do, so much so that I feel like I’m suffocating a little bit, especially because I have my wedding ceremony to think about too (including writing vows, which I have yet to start). I wrap everything up for this term two days before my wedding and the day my family arrives, which is June 6. I know it will all come together, and even though it’s going to be a bit stressful and chaotic, it will be fine. Somehow, things always end up working out. I keep reminding myself to take things in stride, BREATHE, and take one day at a time. I also need to take advantage of my time and prioritize appropriately, which is sometimes easier said than done. Anyway, that’s that! I’ll be a-okay, but just needed to put it out there because it makes me feel better! Also, I am by no means complaining, so please don’t misinterpret my rant. I am very grateful and happy, but just a wee bit overwhelmed!


Does anyone remember eating the broccoli salad that had bacon, raisins, sunflower seeds and a creamy, slightly sweet mayo dressing? It often made an appearance at our family gatherings when I was growing up and more often than not, I enjoyed it. I think nearly every mom in my hometown had the recipe too. I don’t know if it was shared at PTA meetings or in elementary school cookbooks, but so many women made it at social gatherings. I kid you not!

Anyway, I got to thinking about the salad recently because I had a bunch of broccoli in my refrigerator that needed to be used up, pronto. I didn’t have any mayo made and really wasn’t feeling a mayo-based dressing anyway, so revamped it as a slightly creamy vinaigrette. It turned out very well and I was surprised how much it tasted like the original salad. Honestly, I think it’s the bacon, sunflower seeds and raisins (or in my recipe, currants) that really make the salad taste the way it does. For those of you that remember the salad I’m referring to, see for yourself. For everyone else, enjoy!


  • 1 large head broccoli, chopped (peel & chop stems too)
  • 1/8 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 4 slices good quality bacon, cooked & chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dried currants (this brand is good)
  • 3-4 Tbsp raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tsp full-fat coconut milk (I like this brand or this brand)
  • 1/4 tsp raw honey
  • 1/8 tsp mustard powder
  • Himalayan sea salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the broccoli, onion, bacon, currants and sunflower seeds.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, coconut milk, raw honey, mustard powder, sea salt and pepper.
  3. Pour dressing over mixture and stir well. Refrigerate at least 6-8 hours or overnight. Pull out of the fridge about 10 minutes before serving, to allow dressing to soften (it firms up in the fridge since it’s an olive oil based dressing).
  4. Enjoy with burgers, grilled chicken, steak, fish, etc. Anything really!

Broccoli Bacon Salad


20 thoughts on “Broccoli Bacon Salad

  1. The Farmers Taft May 14, 2013 / 10:03 pm

    Yum! We have some elderly broccoli in the fridge that could make itself useful. This looks delicious – bookmarked!

    • paleoinpdx May 15, 2013 / 7:56 am

      Thanks! It’s a really great way to use up broccoli in a pinch…and you don’t even need to cook it!

  2. MC @ Nourish Paleo Foods May 15, 2013 / 6:57 am

    First, this salad looks SO yummy! It looks like the perfect summer salad.

    Second, I have been unusually busy lately as well. I feel like I could have writen this sentence — “I know it will all come together, and even though it’s going to be a bit stressful and chaotic, it will be fine” I repeat something like that to myself a few times a day lately — and I’m not even planning a wedding!

    Thanks for taking the time to post and update your blog, even through this busy time.

    • paleoinpdx May 15, 2013 / 7:56 am

      Thank you for your kind note, MC. It makes me feel better and appreciated too!

  3. Naz (@CinnamonEats) May 15, 2013 / 8:05 am

    This looks so good! Definitely going to make it! Good luck with everything, I know things are hectic but yes it will all come together πŸ™‚

  4. grokgrub May 16, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    Happy to see a Paleo blogger experimenting with salads. I think they’re underrepresented in our community (generalizing wildly). πŸ˜‰

  5. Megan May 17, 2013 / 5:56 am

    I have never had this brought to a party but I know Ruby Tuesday’s has it on their salad bar. I don’t eat out often but whenever I used to go out to there I would also get it. This looks WAY better!

    • paleoinpdx May 17, 2013 / 9:31 pm

      Ha, thanks! I’d like to think it’s a lot better than Ruby Tuesday’s…who knows what all goes in theirs!

  6. Jane June 29, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    Does it have a coconut flavor from the coconut milk?

    • paleoinpdx June 29, 2015 / 9:10 pm

      No, it’s such a small amount that coconut flavor is not noticeable. You could also use almond milk if you prefer.

  7. Dove March 8, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    How many cups is one head broccoli?

    • paleoinpdx March 8, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      Probably about 2-3 cups. I just used one large sized head of broccoli and the stem. I wouldn’t worry about exact cups.

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