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Warm Broccoli Salad With Bacon Recipe

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Warm Broccoli Salad with Bacon will impress your friends and family. Broccoli, bacon, and pecans are paired with a lightly-sweetened mayo-based dressing with cranberries and raisins to make a delicious warm salad. Side dish? Main dish? The choice is yours.

Broccoli, pecans, cranberries and bacon in a creamy dressing in a black cast iron skillet.

Ingredients

This delicious broccoli salad recipe might surprise you in its simplicity. You probably have most, if not all, of the ingredients already on hand:

  • cranberries
  • raisins
  • real mayonnaise
  • milk
  • honey
  • raw broccoli florets
  • bacon
  • pecans

How To Make Warm Broccoli Salad With Bacon

Start by cooking the cranberries and raisins.

Cooking cranberries and raisins in a skillet.

Next, add milk, mayonnaise, and honey.

Dollop of mayonnaise added to skillet.

Stir until the mixture becomes smooth.

Stirring creamy mixture into raisins and cranberries in a skillet.

Add cooked broccoli, bacon pieces, and pecans.

Bacon, broccoli, and pecans.

Stir it all well.

Warm Broccoli Salad With Bacon in cast iron skillet.

Warm Broccoli Salad with Bacon is a great side dish. It’s a great holiday side dish served at Easter or Christmas with ham. It’s also good with grilled chicken breasts making it a versatile everyday side.

Recipe Notes

  • To save money, purchase a head of broccoli and cut it into bite-sized pieces (florets). If you prefer to skip that step, you can buy pre-chopped broccoli in the produce section.
  • Cooking the broccoli – Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and cook just until bright green and slightly tender, about 5 minutes. I don’t recommend using frozen broccoli.
  • If you will be dining with vegetarian friends, omit the bacon to make this fantastic broccoli salad vegetarian-friendly.
  • If you need a nut-free option, substitute a cup of sunflower seeds for the pecans.

Warm Broccoli Salad with Bacon Recipe

This easy side dish will impress your friends and family.  Broccoli, bacon, and pecans are paired with a light creamy sauce along with cranberries and raisins to make a delicious warm salad.
4.50 from 8 votes
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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 448kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cranberries
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup water
  • cup real mayonnaise
  • cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups broccoli cooked
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup pecans

Instructions

  • Place cranberries, raisins and water in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until soft and liquid is reduced.
  • Reduce heat to low and add mayonnaise, milk and honey. Mix well and continue to stir until heated through and smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in broccoli, bacon and pecans and heat until mixture is heated through.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

  • To save money, purchase a head of broccoli and cut it into bite-sized pieces (florets).  If you prefer to skip that step, you can buy pre-chopped broccoli in the produce section.   
  • Cooking the broccoli – Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and cook just until bright green and slightly tender, about 5 minutes. I don’t recommend using frozen broccoli.  
  • If you will be dining with vegetarian friends, omit the bacon to make this fantastic broccoli salad vegetarian-friendly.  
  • If you need a nut-free option, substitute a cup of sunflower seeds for the pecans.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 402mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 16g
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Spoonful of Warm Broccoli Salad With Bacon.

What would you serve along with Warm Broccoli Salad with Bacon? I think it would go great with Chuck Eye Steak!


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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This LOOKS absolutely delicious. I’m thinking of making this for a dinner my hubby & I will be attending. Can this be made ahead of time and perhaps heated in the microwave? Your help and speedy reply will be greatly appreciated!! Donna

    1. I hope you have a fabulous time at the dinner.

      I have not tried it, so I had to look up to see what others have said. There is a similar recipe for broccoli salad at FifteenSpatulas.com and they posted a question about reheating broccoli salad. They recommend that you simply take it out of the fridge 30-60 minutes before serving.

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