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This simple low carb broccoli salad is great for a summer picnic or potluck. The tangy creamy dressing makes this broccoli bacon cheese salad a winner.
I’ve always enjoyed salad made with broccoli so I came up with a recipe that’s lower in carbs. Some recipes include chopped onions, but I left it out to minimize the carbs.
I’ve also seen the salad made with ham instead of bacon. I like to add cheese, but you can leave that out.
You don’t necessarily have to steam the broccoli first, but I find it easier to eat if softened a bit. This low carb broccoli salad has been a very popular salad for summer parties and picnics.
I find it’s a great dish to bring to potlucks. And, this broccoli bacon cheese salad is super easy to prepare.
It does take a little time to chop up the broccoli. But, you can buy it already chopped if you want to save time.
It’s best to use a homemade mayonnaise that uses healthy oil. If you do use a prepared mayonnaise, I like to buy one made with avocado oil. I use this mayo when I don’t have the time to make mayonnaise.
However, it really doesn’t take much time at all to make your own mayonnaise. You don’t even have to cook the egg yolks first.
To make your own mayo, you can just whip it up in a container with a stick blender. It’s super quick to prepare.
The dressing in this simple low carb broccoli salad is sweet and tangy. I like to use a stevia sweetener and the SweetLeaf brand packets are the ones I typically use.
You’ll want to cook the bacon strips in the oven for about 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees F until they are nice and crisp. I don’t even bother to preheat the oven first, either.
To see more, you can check out my post on baking bacon in the oven. It’s a lot cleaner to bake bacon rather than fry, especially if you line your pans with foil.
I usually don’t mix the sunflower seeds into the salad if I add them. Instead, I like to sprinkle them on each individual serving so they are nice and crunchy.
Bacon Cheddar Low Carb Broccoli Salad
Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Salad
- 1 bunch fresh broccoli , cut in small pieces
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 3 packets stevia or other sugar substitute
- 6 slices bacon , cooked crisp then chopped
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese , grated
- 1/4 cup onion , chopped (optional)
- 1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds (optional)
Lightly steam broccoli for a minute or two. Drain and cool.
In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise, vinegar and stevia with a whisk.
Toss the broccoli and cheddar cheese into the dressing.