This Bacon and Blue Broccoli Salad recipe is perfect for those picnics and potlucks! The flavors are just absolutely amazing!
This week has been full of gentle reminders to be grateful.
The sweet, 78-year-old lady that I had the honor of photographing her wedding just a few years ago passed away Sunday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. I was so inspired by her later-in-life love story. It was heart breaking to hear the news. I find myself grateful for the chance to have known her and to be a tiny part of that story.
We’ve faced a few “challenges” with our sweet little boy this week as he finds his way and place in this great big world. As frustrating as those “challenges” have been, I find myself grateful for the opportunity that God has given Heather and me to parent this little miracle – knowing all the while that many folks are never given that opportunity.
Two years ago today, I had the unbelievable opportunity to share my food with the world on a national platform by being on the Today Show. It was nothing short of amazing. I’m grateful for the opportunities my little book has given me over the past two years. I’ve gone and done things that I never imagined I would ever go and do.
And I’m grateful for these little reminders to be grateful. In a world where it seems that everyone feels they are owed something, I appreciate the reminder to stop and be grateful for what I have.
What are you grateful for today? I’d love for you to share with me in the comments below.
Y’all, this is one of my most favorite recipes from my cookbook – which is 2 years old this month! How is that even possible? Previous to now, that was the only way to get this recipe. But it’s one of my favorites so I just had to share! It’s the perfect spring and summer side. Even those who aren’t big blue cheese fans will like this. The flavors blend beautifully – all that smokey bacon and the sharpness from the red onion and blue cheese! Goodness! Y’all enjoy!
Bacon and Blue Broccoli Salad
- 1 large bunch broccoli washed and chopped (about 5 cups)
- 1 medium red onion chopped
- 1 (4-ounce) container blue cheese crumbles
- 5 slices crispy cooked bacon crumbled (or about 1/3 cup of crumbled bacon from a pouch - just use real bacon)
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- Salt and black pepper
- In a large bowl combine the broccoli, onion, blue cheese, and bacon. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise and cider vinegar. Add the dressing to the broccoli, and toss to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend.
Nutritional values provided are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.
This was THE BEST raw broccoli salad I have ever made! I followed the instructions as written and just threw in a handful of sunflower seeds at the end, just because my old recipe uses them. Thanks, Stacey, for another winning recipe! (and it was super easy to assemble)
Love the idea of the sunflower seeds!
I’m not a fan of bleu cheese but my husband is. I made this salad for him and to my surprise I tried it…and liked it! I didn’t make any changes to it. Thank you Stacey for another great recipe.
That’s amazing! I’m so excited to hear you enjoyed it, Kris!!
Hi Stacey, Im thankful I found your blog on FB, because with your recipes, they make my life so much simpler. Im thankful for all my children, some near some far, but they always keep in touch no matter how busy their lives can be. I did not know you had a cook book, wow, super thankful going out to buy it tomorrow. I will say I wish we had church services because I greatly miss them and the amazing messages given
You are so sweet, Jacque! I’m so thankful for YOU and your super kind words!!
Add a few plumped raisins for a small contrasting element … you’ll be glad you did… I LOVE THIS RECIPE!!! Thanks for sharing it Stacey!!!
I’m not a huge raisin fan, but I think doing the same with dried cranberries would be a great idea!
I need to try this version! I love the addition of the bleu cheese! Thankfulness and gratitude seem to be a couple of those things that have become increasingly difficult to find – the more we have the more we want it seems. Too many people realize too late how valuable relationships are. 🙂
So true, unfortunately. We each have so much to be grateful and thankful for – if we only stopped long enough to see it. Hope you’ll enjoy the salad!
I make it exactly as written, and it’s fantastic!
Just made it this morning for tonight. One of our favorite salads! I actually crave it.
Awesome, Becky! Love hearing that!
We love this with hard boiled eggs added
Sounds like a great addition!
I’m about to venture onto a way of life that I never dreamed that I would. I’m about to put down the carb addiction and pick up a low carb lifestyle. *gulp*
The great news is that, thanks to you, I can eat as much bacon blue broccoli salad as I want to! The only carbs in it are from the broccoli, and those are GOOD carbs! 😀
Yes! I know lots of people who’ve had success on a low carb diet. Good luck!
Love Broccoli Salad. Mine is very similar. Never make the same one twice as I use what I have on hand. I do like to add toasted pecans and use Vidalia onions. I substitute 1/2 cup mayo for 1/2 cup sour cream or Mexican creama. I don’t add the dressing though until about an hour before serving. Will have to try the blue cheese as that is one of my favorite dressings. Really enjoy your recipes as they are so adaptable to family choices.
Made this and added chopped pecans as someone else noted. ~WOW~ is this great! Thanks for the recipe. We are all blessed, aren’t we?
Yes we are, Jennette! So glad you enjoyed it!
I love this recipe. It is great. The one I make is a little different. I add chopped strawberries, craisans, chopped pecans and leave out the blue cheese. I am making it tonight and I think I add the crumbles because I do have some.
I’m grateful for Springtime and the reminder of new birth. We have a blessed Creator that’s given us so much to look forward to while we’re here in this wonderful world that He gave us. Thank You, Stacey, for your sweet spirit. I know that you and Heather are great parents to that little fella of yours. I look forward to trying one of my favorite salads with a different twist!
🙂 Thanks so much, Patti!
Big Praise to God! We are all so thankful for you and everything you do to inspire us all to be better!
That’s so sweet. Thanks, Karen!
I am thankful for the everyday things. When my ten year old son comes up and just gives me a hug just because life is great! Take time to cherish everyday! Thank you for your site and recipes. I am going to make the broccoli salad.
🙂 Enjoy, Debra!
You said to say something we are grateful. I am grateful that ORU where my daughter is in Tulsa had a spring revival last night so many prayers went up! Last night even though Tulsa had tornadoes hit, ORU was not touched but protected by the hands of God watching over the campus.
This one of my favorite salads, I’ve not had it with blue cheese, I do like blue cheese. Will have to try this one.
It’s so good!
Yum! This looks amazing. Bacon and blue cheese is such a great combo!
One of my favs, for sure!