Broccoli Salad

Total Time:
15 min
15 min

6 to 8 servings

  • 1 head broccoli
  • 6 to 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup raisins, optional
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar, cut into very small chunks
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Trim off the large leaves from the broccoli stem. Remove the tough stalk at the end and wash broccoli head thoroughly. Cut the head into flowerets and the stem into bite-size pieces. Place in a large bowl. Add the crumbled bacon, onion, raisins if using, and cheese. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring well. Add to broccoli mixture and toss gently.

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    I'm glad that Paula is back with a great recipe. You are the best
    The best broccoli salad ever!had to triple it to take into the office and it was wiped out!! They are already asking me to make it again. I followed recipe exactly and tripled all ingredients. Saved some of the dressing aside to use on my garden salad. Love you Paula!!
    I made this for our annual staff Christmas luncheon at work and it was such a big hit. The gals already asked me to make it for our next event. So delicious and easy to make.
    recipe was awesome but I thought it was too much cheese and dressing so I doubled the broccoli and kept everything else the same, it was very delicious!
    I love this salad!!! Every year for Thanksgiving, I make it for my family. I did halve the sugar, I know Paula Dean likes it sweet! I also shredded one carrot for a little color, since I used white cheese. Try it! You won't regret it!
    Shredded cheese instead of cubes, craisins instead of raisins, and omit the tomatoes.!!!!
    Delicious will make this often and try all the variations
    OH SO HEAVENLY.......
    This is the most delicious broccoli salad ever. I omit the cheese and tomatoes, to suit my personal preferences. My other secret? reserve the bacon fat and add it to the dressing. I was introduced to broccoli salad by by mother in law, who makes a pretty good one. But my father in law says he likes mine better, and has sworn me to secrecy!!!
    Wife had broccoli salad at her work cafeteria one day. Asked me to whip up a batch for dinner the next night. 
    Zeroed in on this recipe. 
    The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 stars is that I decided to add a large dollop of sour cream to the dressing. Really improved the flavor (added savor, decreased sweetness. Paula should have added this (IMHO. 
    I cannot keep my wife away from this after I make a batch. She usually consumes 1/4 of it before it hits the table. 
    outstanding! i always look to see if paula has a recipe before trying another ...thanks paula
    This is soooo good. I get requests at every get together to make it!
    This is an awesome recipe (of course! It's a Paula recipe!!. I also made this recipe without the tomatoes and raisins, and used red grapes and sunflower seeds. That's excellent too!
    Yet another EXCELLENT recipe from Paula Deen. Paula, you are my go-to-gal for recipes nearly daily for over a year now... and for sure, my looking-forward-to-watching cook show on television for over a year... you are my reason for tuning in to the food network channel... (also Ina G and Giada- quite the trio!. Hoping to see you again soon! This recipe is a favorite of my lunch guests; in fact, making it again today for the fourth of July and my dads 80th birthday party!
    Made this salad as a complete side dish to store bought roasted chicken and it was delicious. A nice change from cole slaw, though it is similar. This is a keeper; I'll definitely make it again! Miss you, Paula!
    Anything with bacon is a hit in my family. This was perfect for a cookout because we don't like the usual cookout sides (baked beans, potato salad, etc. The dressing was awesome and my kids enjoyed dipping veggies into it. 
    I added carrots, pepperoni and one small yellow pepper, NOT because it needed it but because it was there and I was on a chopping role. Paula doesn't need me to improve her dishes;- 
    P.S. This dish is very pretty!
    Wow! This looked good, but tasted fantastic! Saturday is pizza day when grandkids come over. I was looking for a healthy side and spotted this. We all love it. In fact the broccoli salad took precedence over seconds on pizza. I used Miracle Whip and instead of mixing in the raisins used golden raisins and glazed pecans as a garnish. Fabulous.
    This is a "slap yo mama" salad. It's just that good. Add in how simple it is to make and you've got a home run. I subbed carrots for tomatoes for some extra crunch. This is my "go to" for "bring a dish" get togethers. Awesome!
    Super easy and sooo good!!
    This is a TEN star salad. A family favorite. I prefer golden raisins. Other than that, Perfect. Thankyou Paula : 
    Oh my, this recipe was a delight!! If I could give it more than 5 stars I would!! I just made this using 1 package of the pre-cut, pre-washed broccoli florets, which I broke into small bite sized pieces, Real Bacon bits straight from the package, minced red onion that I chopped up very fine in my mini chopper, and shredded cheddar cheese. I left out the raisins and tomatoes and boy was this ever quick and easy to make and absolutely delicious! I will make this again and again. Thank you so much Paula! My mom and I both love you!!
    This was such a delicious salad!!! Paula Deen never fails to amaze my taste buds! I didn't mix the dressing with the main ingredients, I allowed everyone to put as much as they wanted to.
    This recipe is fantastic!!! Incredibly easy to make and always delicious. I often leave out the tomatoes, as my daughter isn't a big fan of them, but I make the rest exactly as written. Every time I bring this recipe to a potluck, I have at least 5 people ask me for the recipe! 
    This recipe is actually 10 stars... My whole family lapped this up like there was no tomorrow. It was really delicious! I wouldn't change anything. Big hit with everyone!! Highly recommend for any picnics or cookouts! Will be making this all the time now! Thank you Paula!
    So Yummy! My teen daughter asked to send it with her for lunch one day. I used light mayo and greek yoghurt in place of the sour cream, and agave nectar in place of sugar, to lower calories/fat, but couldn't tell the difference. Also, I used about 1/2 c. shredded cheddar in place of cubes and doubled the cherry tomatoes. I didn't have bacon hand, so used some baco-bits, but should have omitted salt when I did that as was a bit salty due to the saltiness of back-bits. I will definitely make this for guests next time! What a great way to get veggies into my family!
    Very good. i doubled dressing.
    This recipe is another example of what a fine cook you are, Paula! I made this salad exactly as the recipe calls for and it turned out wonderful! Next time around I will make the following changes: 1 use shredded cheese 2 substitute cranberries for raisins 3 use half the amount of bacon 4 chop the broccoli into finer pieces 5 add sunflower seeds. Thanks again for coming through with another wonderful recipe!
    Um what? DELICIOUS! Great great greatness! I'm a pescatarin so I omitted the bacon, and I hate raisins so those were eliminated. Only used half the amount of sugar. Added cucumbers and hard boiled eggs. Used a mixture of shredded Parmesan and cheddar cheese. Used fresh diced Roma tomatoes instead of cherry.  
    I well definitely continue to make this on a regular basis. THANK YOU PAULA
    This is a great recipe! I don't use the chunk cheddar, I use shredded cheddar cheese and I use dried cranberries instead of raisins, they give it a better flavor and no bacon. I have made it several times and people love it!
    Delicious. I left out the onions and tomatoes (not a fan and put in turkey bacon (can't have pork but it was still very flavorful and delicious. I've been looking for a recipe that had veggies in it that my husband would actually enjoy and I've found it!
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