Bacon & Blue Cheese Broccoli Salad

by Erin

Spinning a southern classic to pair the flavors of bacon and blue cheese with the tartness of dried cranberries! How do you make your broccoli salad?

Bacon & Blue Cheese Broccoli Salad on a plate.

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I love broccoli salad but until recently I am not certain that I’ve ever made it myself. It something that I always forget exists until it shows up at a picnic/summer cookout and I am reminded how simply delicious it is.

However I’m not entirely sure if there is a “traditional” version of the recipe. I’ve seen various cheeses, dried fruits, onions, nuts, dressing ingredients, bacon or no bacon – what way do you make broccoli salad?

While I was intrigued by a blueberry broccoli salad, I went with dried cranberries, red onion, blue cheese, and bacon! I’ve seen it called “craisin broccoli salad” but that leaves out all the other goodness!

Bacon & Blue Cheese Broccoli Salad Ingredients.

I’ve actually made this twice already. The first was served with pulled pork that Bob smoked for our house warming party (for which I also made that jalapeno popper mac and cheese).

The second was just this past weekend when Bob busted out the smoker again, this time for ribs! I’m enjoying this trend of him smoking various meats while I sit back and make easy sides to pair with it. What are your favorite BBQ sides other than broccoli salad?

Want to make a skinny broccoli salad?

Make the broccoli salad without mayo and use Greek yogurt instead.

Bacon & Blue Cheese Broccoli Salad on a plate with BBQ ribs.

Three years ago: Greek Stuffed Peppers

Four years ago: Oven-Fried Granola Chicken Tacos with Mango Crema

Five years ago: Greek Hummus Dip with Homemade Pita Chips

Six years ago: Breakfast Stromboli

Eight years ago: Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Cookies

Bacon & Blue Cheese Broccoli Salad 2


Yield: 8 servings Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (or plain Greek yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the broccoli, cranberries, blue cheese, red onion, and bacon. Stir until thoroughly coated. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 30 minutes or overnight.
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Source: Adapted slightly from The Suburban Soapbox.

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Autumn June 14, 2019 - 4:37 pm

I freaking love broccoli! Can’t wait to give this a try :)

Daniel Moroyoqui June 10, 2019 - 8:34 am

You had me at bacon :)

spiffycookie June 11, 2019 - 8:51 am

It’s the hook for sure


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