Broccoli, Bacon and Cashew Salad

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My Broccoli, Bacon and Cashew Salad is known to convert even those who have an intense dislike of broccoli. Everyone needs a good Broccoli Salad in their repertoire and this is one of the best. A generous quantity of broccoli combines with crispy bacon, roasted cashew nuts and dried cranberries. A tangy, creamy dressing coats all the ingredients. The broccoli soaks up the bright flavours of the dressing, complemented by the roasted cashews which provide great textural contrast. The flavour profile is a delicious balance of salty, sweet and tangy flavours.

This recipe has been gifted to me by the mother of one of my dearest friends. It is a dish that I have enjoyed at their house on several occasions over the years. I was very excited to get the details of it one day, and couldn’t wait to share it with you all.

A few simple ingredients come together in this easy and delicious side dish which is wonderfully tasty.


Always choose heads of broccoli that have tight, green florets and firm stalks. Avoid broccoli with yellowing florets. Soft stems or limp florets are a sign that the broccoli is not fresh. You can store unwashed broccoli in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator for up to a week.

Broccoli belongs to the cruciferous family. Some other members of this family are cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale. Broccoli enjoys the reputation of being a “superfood” due to its significant health benefitting nutrients. Broccoli is a good source of fibre and contains iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium along with vitamins A, C, E, K and a good array of B vitamins including folic acid.

To prepare the salad and dressing:

I cut the broccoli florets into bite-size pieces and blanch them briefly so that they remain crisp-tender. Make sure your broccoli pieces are consistent in size; if the pieces vary in size, they will cook unevenly. To the blanched broccoli, I add crispy bacon, roasted cashew nuts, tangy dried cranberries and sliced spring onions. Finally, I coat all the ingredients in a zesty, creamy dressing which is made from mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, celery salt and a little sugar.

Just make sure that you save the broccoli stems; they are perfect when used in my Broccoli Stem and Carrot Slaw.

The dressing is very simple to make; just combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, whisk together, pour over the salad ingredients and toss them well to combine.

My Broccoli, Bacon and Cashew Salad is a perfect side dish for meat, poultry or fish. It’s a great addition to a barbecue and being a robust salad it travels well so it is ideal to take to a pot-luck party. Alternatively, it makes a delicious, light lunch.

Other salads which you may enjoy are:

I do hope that you try this Broccoli, Bacon and Cashew Salad. In essence, this salad is the perfect balance of crunchy, creamy, sweet and savoury.

Please let me know in the comments below if you make the salad.

Enjoy! Alex xx

Broccoli, Cashew and Bacon Salad
Broccoli, Bacon and Cashew Salad

Broccoli, Bacon and Cranberry Salad

My Broccoli, Bacon and Cashew Salad has been known to convert even those who have
an intense dislike of broccoli. Everyone needs a good Broccoli Salad in their
repertoire and this is one of the best. A generous quantity of broccoli
combines with crispy bacon, roasted cashew nuts and dried cranberries. A tangy,
creamy dressing coats all the ingredients. The broccoli soaks up the bright
flavours of the dressing, complemented by the roasted cashews which provide great textural
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Australian
Keyword: bacon, broccoli, cashew, delicious, easy, gluten free, salad, side dish, simple
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Fridge: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 351kcal
Author: Alexandra


  • 1 large head of broccoli stem removed *
  • 2 bacon rashers
  • 2 spring onions/scallions finely sliced on diagonal
  • 1/3 cup unsalted roasted cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise good quality whole egg
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Combine all of the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl. Mix well. Cover, and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Put a large saucepan of water on the stove, and bring to the boil.
    Remove the stem from the broccoli. *
    Remove the stem from the broccoli
  • Remove the florets from the broccoli.
    Remove the florets from the broccoli
  • Cut the florets into bite size pieces. Prepare a bowl of iced water and set aside.
    Add the florets to the boiling water, and cook for a couple of minutes, or until just cooked. Remove and put the florets into the iced water to stop the cooking process and seal the green colour.
    Once cool, remove and drain well. I let the florets try on a little kitchen towel or a tea towel to ensure excess moisture is removed.
    Cut florets into bite size pieces.
  • Trim the rind and excess fat from bacon. Cut your bacon into bite size pieces and fry until crispy.
    Cut your bacon into bite size pieces and fry until crispy.
  • Prepare your other ingredients – chop your spring onion, halve the cashew nuts and measure the cranberries.
    Chop spring onion.
  • Shortly before serving, add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and toss with the dressing. Check your seasoning. Enjoy!
    Broccoli, Cashew and Bacon Salad


* Although I do not use the stem in the salad, I don’t discard it! I recommend you try my Broccoli Stem and Carrot Slaw or enjoy the stem with dips. (Peel first!) It is so delicious!
* The salad is best served the day it is made. You can prepare all of the elements in advance, however, and then dress the salad shortly before it is served.
* The original recipe was three times the quantities shown here – so you can easily double or triple the recipe if you want a big serve for a party. (It is always popular!)
* Australian tablespoons are 20 ml.
*Adding the broccoli to the iced water ensures that the broccoli does not continue to cook and helps it retain a bright, green colour.
*After removing the broccoli from the iced water it is important to drain the broccoli well. If water remains on the broccoli it will dilute the dressing and thus reduce the flavour. After draining the broccoli I place it on a clean kitchen towel to dry further.
*It is important to chill the dressing


Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 826mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1005IU | Vitamin C: 136.7mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg
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179 Comments on “Broccoli, Bacon and Cashew Salad”

  1. OMGeeeee! This recipe sounds delicious! I’d love to give it a whirl sometime, and it seems pretty simple to follow (so even a crap cook like me wouldn’t balls it up LOL) x

  2. 5 stars
    I’m not very fond of broccoli but I’m aware it’s one of the most healthy veggies. I never thought it could taste so good! I really loved the mix of flavors. I made a homemade mayonnaise with half olive oil and half sunflower oil. Adding the rest of the sauce ingredients the result was spectacular! Thanks a lot for this awesome recipe!

    1. Thank you so much Julieta, such beautiful comments. I think it is one of the best ways to eat broccoli. I love that you made your own mayonnaise – that would have made it super special. 🙂

  3. Broccoli salad is such a great summer side! I usually use sunflower seeds in my broccoli salad, but I bet cashews would be delicious!!

  4. 5 stars
    Lovely. I always have broccoli on hand as it is a staple I buy every week. I also always have dried cranberries. Walnuts make a great sub for cashews if you ran out like me! Great way to use broccoli.

    1. Hi Jennifer, the broccoli and cashews provide a great number of nutrients. It’s also good to customise a recipe to suit your taste. Enjoy! 🙂

  5. Ugh! My mouth is watering by the looks of it already. I am such a huge fan of salads. I cannot wait to dive in and indulge.

  6. 5 stars
    There are so many wonderful flavours in this salad that I am sure it will convert me, I am one of those who don’t really like broccoli. The dressing sounds delicious and there are so many different textures inside this salad.

  7. This sounds so delicious I would love to try this salad recipe at home. Thanks for sharing the recipe

  8. 5 stars
    Broccoli, bacon and cashew nugs!!! That is a definite yes for me, i loooove it and will try to make it for sure. Thank you.

  9. OK now this sounds like such an interesting salad – I love the use of different ingredients I have to admit I never think to play with things when it comes to salads.

  10. This looks delicious! I used to make something similar but haven’t for a while – you’ve prompted me to make it again! 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    I love brocolli, but I never thought to make it into a salad! This looks like it has so many yummy ingredients. I’m going to have to make this for myself one day.

  12. 5 stars
    I absolutely love broccoli, so I know this salad would be a huge hit here. Bacon makes everything better, and then you add the roasted nuts and cranberries for a hint of sweetness? Sign me up! This sounds like it would be an excellent side dish for grilled summer meals around here. 🙂

  13. The salad looks really fresh and healthy. All the ingredients besides the bacon are tasty to me. A good yummy salad is great paired with any meal.

  14. 5 stars
    What a perfect winter salad! Healthy yet comforting for those cold winter days 😉 Also a great way to get more greens in our diet without even noticing it haha!

  15. 5 stars
    Wow, this salad is so sumptuous, I would really love to serve my mom this salad. I would make her one tonight, she will love it

  16. 5 stars
    Definitely a delicious and nutritious recipe to prepare for my mother on this Mother’s Day and I am sure she is going to like it.

  17. 5 stars
    Omg, looks so healthy and delicious! I love salads but I always get the same thing over and over. Thank you for this post, I will have to explore new ingredients in my salad!

  18. 5 stars
    I used to hate broccoli until I had a broccoli smoothie. It was so delicious! And broccoli salad too? Would never mind have such a yummy salad. Delish!

  19. Looks super Tasty! I’m with Angela, no bacon for me. Though I could easily make this for a brunch and offer the bacon crumbles on the side for anyone who wants to add it. I love options, so thanks for this.

  20. Broccoli, bacon and cashew is a unique combination for a salad. It’s interesting and sounds tasty too!

  21. That looks tasty. I don’t eat bacon so I’m going to try it without to make it vegetarian. The dressing sounds really good and I’m going to try that on my normal salad at lunchtime.

  22. Its always amazing to know from you that there can never be ending to the type of recipes that are available. I have come to realise that with you there are unending varieties of recipes. My spouse has always been trying these recipe and they have really been great

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  24. 5 stars
    Love this recipe to the max as it has plenty of healthy ingredients, the vegetables and nuts. However, the bacon is still my top favorite to spark up the flavor.

  25. 5 stars
    Oh yum! This is one nice salad!! I made it last night, and the whole family loved it. I will definitely have to double the recipe next time – this is one dish I need leftovers of 😀

  26. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! Anything with bacon is sure to be delicious. I am saving your recipe and making this tonight!

  27. 5 stars
    This broccoli salad sounds absolutely delicious! I have a huge sweet tooth so I would probably swap for the cashews for pecans. I am definitely going to try making this for my next get together.

  28. Firstly, your photos are amazing. Secondly, I’m so glad the ingredients are easy to get hold of and finally, YES for cashews, a nut from the gods. I’m going to give this a go, minus the bacon!

    1. Oh Kelly, that is very kind of you to say, thank you! We are always working on our photography so happy to hear that is paying off. Enjoy the salad, and thanks again!

  29. 5 stars
    Love the idea of cooking the broccoli just for a couple of minutes so they stay green and fresh but also soft enough to eat. Great salad recipe!

  30. 5 stars
    I’ve been eating a lot more salads recently and love broccoli so will have to give this a try. It sounds delicious and the cashews give it a nice crunch.

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