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Broccoli Cheese Salad

Broccoli Cheese Salad ~ Fresh and easy salad with broccoli, mushrooms, red onion, cheese, and bacon in a creamy cucumber dressing.Broccoli Cheese Salad ~ Fresh and easy salad with broccoli, mushrooms, red onion, cheese, and bacon in a creamy cucumber dressing ~ The Complete Savorist

When I was in college, I went with friends to an Italian deli.  I don’t remember anything I ate there but their broccoli salad.  Because it was horrible.  Before that day, I had never tried  broccoli salad, and not sure why I ever tried it again, because it was that bad.  Tasted like vinegary tin.Sometime later I was a potluck and saw a bowl of broccoli salad.  I was encouraged to give it a try, as it was a personal favorite of the person urging me to try it.  It wasn’t bad.  I actually enjoyed it.  It was one you can pick up at your supermarket deli.  It got my wheels turning and I knew I could easily make something like it.  Now, broccoli salad is one of my favorite things, eating it almost everywhere it is offered.

Broccoli Cheese Salad ~ Fresh and easy salad with broccoli, mushrooms, red onion, cheese, and bacon in a creamy cucumber dressing ~ The Complete SavoristI’ve given it the name broccoli cheese because I do put a hearty amount of cheese in it.  But then maybe I should title it ‘broccoli bacon cheese’ because I’m not shy with the bacon either.  This is one of my favorite things to make and bring to any potluck.  It’s easy to make, feels fancy, and tastes great.Broccoli Cheese Salad ~ Fresh and easy salad with broccoli, mushrooms, red onion, cheese, and bacon in a creamy cucumber dressing ~ The Complete Savorist

Broccoli Cheese Salad

Author: Michelle
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Ingredients

  • 2 large broccoli tops; chopped-about 12 oz
  • 1/2 red onion , chopped
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese , cubed
  • 8-12 slices bacon , cooked & crumbled
  • 4 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4-1 cup creamy cucumber dressing
  • Salt/Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, toss all the dry ingredients together.
  2. Add the dressing, starting with a half a cup first and add more to get the desired wetness.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve or chill and serve later.

Recipe Notes

I used Kroger brand Creamy Cucumber Dressing to make this salad.  I called the hotline and confirmed that the dressing is gluten free.  Depending on which dressing you use to make this salad will determine if this dish is gluten free or not for you.

Broccoli Cheese Salad ~ Fresh and easy salad with broccoli, mushrooms, red onion, cheese, and bacon in a creamy cucumber dressing ~ The Complete Savorist

Broccoli Cheese Salad ~ Fresh and easy salad with broccoli, mushrooms, red onion, cheese, and bacon in a creamy cucumber dressing ~ The Complete Savorist

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Selma @ Selma's Table
    June 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Michelle! Just followed your link on Spoonful of Foodies! This salad looks so pretty – what a gorgeous composition of colour and textures!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      June 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Selma, thanks for dropping by. I love visitors. 🙂 This is one of my favorite go-to dishes to make for any summer gathering.

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    Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet
    January 31, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Love how easy this looks to make! Great side dish!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 31, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you Lisa, it is my go-to salad. So good.

  • Reply
    Sharon (Nut Free Wok)
    January 31, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Michelle, I love your tasty salads and gorgeous photography and keep coming back for more! xo

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 31, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you so much Sharon….I feel the same about all your creations.

  • Reply
    Cate | Chez CateyLou
    January 31, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    What a gorgeous salad! And what a delicious way to eat broccoli – adding cheese and bacon is the perfect thing for a broccoli salad!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      January 31, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Cheese and bacon are the perfect things for ANYTHING. LOL Thank you so much Cate.

  • Reply
    Aggie
    February 26, 2015 at 4:23 am

    I love a good broccoli salad, yours looks delicious! That cucumber dressing sounds perfect for it!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      February 26, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Thank you Aggie! I love this salad, it’s really my go-to for parties and gatherings.

  • Reply
    Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats
    February 26, 2015 at 6:19 am

    I love broccoli salads! In fact I have a head of broccoli in the fridge…..

    • Reply
      Michelle
      February 26, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Nice….it’s so good. My favorite, really.

  • Reply
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
    February 26, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I don’t even like broccoli and you made me want to eat this!! Looks amazing….

    • Reply
      Michelle
      February 26, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Well that’s a compliment! Thank you Ashley.

  • Reply
    Stephanie Stuart
    April 3, 2015 at 11:18 pm


    Yum a cucumber dressing and then bacon and mushrooms! I’M IN LOVE! I know my little ones would love this salad, I’m totally making it! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      April 3, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      Thank you Stephanie, this is a family favorite.

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