Country Style Broccoli Salad Recipe With Bacon & Cheddar

Country Style Broccoli Salad Recipe With Bacon & Cheddar

This Country Style Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cheddar is that fresh broccoli salad that we all know and love. Broccoli, bacon, cheese, raisins, onion, and nuts – with a creamy broccoli salad dressing.

A classic broccoli salad recipe.

I first made this back in the ’90s and have tweaked it over the years, adjusting the dressing and adding a few key ingredients that go along well with the broccoli florets, bacon, and cheddar. Even people who aren’t big fans of raw broccoli really love this dish!

A platter of country style broccoli salad with nuts, bacon, cheddar cheese, red onion, and raisins.

Grab a large bowl – this is country style.

Add everything to one bowl, then the broccoli salad dressing, and toss it up! You can serve it right away or hold it over in the refrigerator until needed. It’s perfect for family, work functions, and pot lucks. If you’re hibernating at home like we are, we serve this up all week and have no problem getting all our veggies in!

A salad recipe needs balance.

Something crunchy, creamy, savory, sweet, acid, base, salt, and heat. This salad has a great balance of all these components and hits all the right notes. So easy and simple and so good.

The broccoli salad dressing.

Creamy mayonnaise, tart apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, and a hit of cayenne. Whisk it all up and simply pour and stir. I usually hold back about 1/3 of the dressing to make sure I’m not over-doing it. Once I get things stirred up, I’ll add a tablespoon at a time until it’s dressed but nowhere near wet or soggy. Better to under-do it than over-do it as far as salad dressings go. If you have any dressing left over, save it and use it on shredded cabbage. It tastes fantastic on a crispy fish sandwich, a chicken wrap, or shredded bbq sliders.

Ingredient swaps for the creamy dressing.

If you want to go low carb, go for a sugar substitute. Or maybe cut the calories and fat and use greek yogurt. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar then red wine vinegar will work great or even rice vinegar.

Ingredient swaps with the bacon, cheddar cheese, and nuts.

I like to use turkey bacon most of the time but feel free to use regular bacon. You can also swap out the cheese for your favorite, try to go for something sharp with flavor. I used mixed nuts, but feel free to use sunflower seeds or whatever you have on hand. It is important to use onion, in my opinion. I opt for red onion and dice it pretty finely. Also important for a sweet bite, raisins or dried cranberries, even chopped apple. It will play off the savory, salty bacon, and creaminess of the dressing and the cheese.

A serving of broccoli salad on a plate with a fork

If you’re in the mood for other veggie dishes you might also like Garden Roasted Carrots with Sherry Vinaigrette.

I also love using Dukes Mayo for this salad – and pretty much on everything. You can find Duke’s here!

A platter of country style broccoli salad. A classic recipe with broccoli, bacon, cheddar, red onion and a creamy dressing.

Country Style Broccoli Salad Recipe with Bacon & Cheddar Cheese

This Country Style Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cheddar is that fresh broccoli salad that we all know and love. Broccoli, bacon, cheese, raisins, onion, and nuts – with a creamy broccoli salad dressing. 
The recipe can be easily halved.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Brunch, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 304 kcal



  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional

Salad components

  • 4 cups raw broccoli florets, cut to bite-size between 1 1/2 to 2 pounds, or one large bag of broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts a mix, or almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, your choice.
  • 1 cup turkey or regular bacon, cooked & chopped about 8-10 slices
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated


This recipe can easily be halved. It does store well in the refrigerator for a few days so if you have broccoli lovers in the house then it’s worth it to make extra and have it available for a quick grab and go lunches or served alongside a main meal. 


Calories: 304kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 7gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 442mgPotassium: 239mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 311IUVitamin C: 28mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 1mg
Keyword bacon, broccoli, cheesy, creamy, crunchy, salad, side dish
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