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Broccoli Salad


  • 1 -2head fresh broccoli (do not use frozen!)
  • 1⁄2cup red onion, chopped
  • 1⁄2lb bacon
  • 2 1⁄2tablespoons vinegar
  • 1cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
  • 1⁄3cup sugar
  • 1 1⁄2cups grated mozzarella cheese


  • Cook bacon (I make it easy and buy the already cooked bacon in the refrigerator section) and crumble into pieces.
  • Chop up top of broccoli into bite size pieces.
  • Mix broccoli, onions, bacon and mozzarella in large bowl.
  • In separate bowl combine vinegar, sugar and mayo.
  • Pour over broccoli mixture and toss to coat.
  • Best if made a day ahead.


  • gretchengr

    A most delicious salad. My husband, who is not a big fan of broccoli even loved it. I think it is the bacon that gives it such great flavor. Thanks for sharing this and I plan on making it again.

  • Gabby1

    My mother-in-law taught me to make this! And boy is it good. She adds raisens,apples,and chopped walnuts to it. I know that sounds strange but it is really good!

  • Laylagirl

    Fabulous, just fabulous!!! I made this the night before our big family bonanza get-together. The bacon and onion flavor was a great compliment with the broccoli. This was the first salad to disappear and recipe requests were abundant. Thanks vincy, this is one terrific salad.

  • DT

    This was so good I couldn’t stop eating it. I didnt have any vinegar so I used red wine vinegar instead.

  • Haunani Thunell

    I served this to a friend who doesn’t like any vegetables and she absolutely loved it. How can you not like something with mayonnaise and sugar poured over it? I left out the cheese and added raisins and roasted sunflower seeds. YUM.

  • Sara-Texas

    This salad is soooooo good. I do not normally like raw broccoli. Add raw cauliflower(sp) and this salad becomes even better.

  • vverkin925

    WOW! That was the first word out of my mouth after trying this. I reduced the mayo by about a third and replaced the sugar with Splenda with no problem. This is an excellent recipe that I will be making again – – very soon!! Thank you!

  • evewitch

    Everyone at my gathering adored this salad. I baked the bacon (a la Alton Brown, but not exactly because I couldn’t remember how he did it), and used Deep South mayo. My mouth is watering anticipating my next batch – I plan to use *really good* bacon, great mozzarella, and homemade mayo. However, this is a recipe that holds up well to supermarket ingredients. Thank you for a great recipe, even for people who usually refuse to eat veggies!

  • Manda

    After all these great reviews, I just HAD to try this salad..and I am SOOOO glad that I did!! I substituted cheddar cheese for the mozzarella, and added a bit of salt and pepper. It was a HUGE hit, even among the so-called “veggie haters”. Next time I might add some cauliflower too, just to add some different textures. Thanks so much for this recipe!!:) ~Manda

  • Marie Nixon

    Very good recipe. I found a 1 lb. bag of ‘broccoli slaw’ in the produce section so I used that instead of the 1 to 2 heads of broccoli. This is a good ‘base’ recipe to which you can add many things. I added seedless purple grapes and sliced almonds.