Broccoli Salad w/ Bacon & Cranberries

Paleo Broccoli Bacon & Cranberry Salad

I have made this salad more times than I can count.  It was a salad we had picked up at our local deli one night for an easy side to our BBQ.  I loved the combo, but hated that everything felt drenched in dressing!  I knew I wanted to recreate it healthier..so on the hunt I went for inspiration.  We could eat this all the time.  It is fresh, travels well, and keeps well in the fridge for several days.  A perfect picnic food too!

Broccoli Salad w/ Bacon & Cranberries
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • Dressing:
  • ¼ cup allowed mayonnaise, I used my own homemade
  • ¼ cup allowed sour cream or yogurt (I used So Delicious Plain Yogurt)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, or equivalent of stevia powder
  • Salad:
  • 12 oz broccoli florets, and peeled broccoli stalks
  • 4-5 pieces bacon, cooked & crumbled (my favorite is Trader Joe's applewood smoked, nitrate free)
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  2. Either chop the broccoli small, or pulse it a few times in a food processor. I prefer this over larger florets.
  3. In a large bowl, toss all the ingredients, and dressing to taste.
  4. Store in the refrigerator!

Paleo Broccoli Bacon & Cranberry Salad

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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13 comments on “Broccoli Salad w/ Bacon & Cranberries
  1. Amber says:

    Oh Tessa, this looks so simple and delicious! Looks like we are on the same broccoli wavelength this week. :-) And I have to say, love the addition of cranberries in there. Nice touch of sweet. It's so freaken' hot here for "winter" (upper 70s today). This salad sounds so good right about now, nice and refreshing…and healthy!

    Hugs,
    –Amber

  2. Broccoli and cranberries sound just right together.

  3. Laura says:

    Now this is one delicious salad Tessa! I happened to buy broccoli this evening at the grocery store-now I know how to use it manana :)

  4. This looks delicious! I'd love for you to stop over and share the recipe at Mix it up Monday:

    http://flourmewithlove.blogspot.com/2012/03/mix-it-up-monday.html

    I hope to see you soon :)

  5. Liz says:

    I bought a head of broccoli yesterday and thought to myself, "I need to make something other than steamed broccoli with this." So thank you! Dried cranberries and bacon sound like a fantastic addition.

  6. Hi! Just a note to say you've been tagged with the Liebster Blog Award :)

    http://allergyfreecookery.blogspot.com/2012/03/thanks-to-colette-at-learning-to-eat.html

    Love your blog!
    Lisa @ Allergy Free Vintage Cookery

  7. Emily says:

    I love any combination of broccoli and cranberries. This really looks great! Just wanted to let you know you are being featured at this weeks party.
    http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

  8. Oh, yum! This sounds so good, and what a nice change from the usual blanched broccoli with cheese sauce. Snore! I will definitely try your recipe =)

  9. Amber says:

    This looks great too. I am definitely going to frequent you blog to help with my cooking.

  10. Thank you for linking up to the Creative Corner Hop.

    The Things We Find Pinteresting Thursday hop is up and running if you would like to link up your favorite pins.

    Sandy
    Cherished Handmade Treasures

  11. You are this week’s feature on the Creative Corner Hop. Thanks for linking up such a great recipe. And feel free to link up again. The linky will be open all week.

    Sandy
    Cherished Handmade Treasures

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