Creamy Broccoli Salad Recipe with Chicken, Bacon, and Cheddar Cheese

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Creamy Broccoli Salad Recipe – Simple, easy, and delicious broccoli salad loaded with cheese, chicken, and bacon tossed with a creamy and flavor packed dressing. It is the perfect side to bring to a picnic or a potluck.

Creamy Broccoli Salad

Creamy Broccoli Salad!

Who can resist a heaping helping of this creamy, cheesy, bacon chicken and broccoli combo? NO body. Did I mention the tomatoes and red onions in there? YUM! The entire salad is like a crunch fest you won’t want to resist.

To add! If you are looking for a potluck friendly salad, this is it! If you also need something to pack up for lunch, this is it! On top of all that, me thinks the tangy and creamy dressing makes this broccoli salad a definite winner.

Creamy Broccoli Salad with chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY BROCCOLI SALAD

We start off by cutting up all our ingredients.

  1. Cut broccoli into small florets and transfer to a big salad bowl. *If you don’t like raw broccoli, you can put the florets in a small amount of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes, covered. Then, rinse the broccoli under cold water so to stop them from further cooking.
  2. Chop up cooked chicken breasts to bite size pieces and add them to the salad bowl.
  3. Continue cutting up the rest of the ingredients including, cheddar cheese, cherry tomatoes, cooked crispy bacon, and red onions.
  4. Add all ingredients to the salad bowl and set aside.

dijon yogurt salad dressing

HOW TO MAKE A CREAMY SALAD DRESSING

  • For the dressing, you will need yogurt, dijon mustard, honey, salt, pepper, dried parsley and dried oregano.
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Add the salad dressing to the broccoli salad and toss to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

broccoli, cheddar cheese, chicken, turkey bacon, tomatoes, red onions salad

This is an all time favorite salad and it goes FAST! If you have time, let it sit for a few hours in the fridge before serving – it tastes that much better!

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ENJOY!

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Creamy Broccoli Salad Recipe

Simple, easy, and delicious broccoli salad loaded with cheese, chicken, and bacon tossed with a creamy and flavor packed dressing. It is the perfect side to bring to a picnic or a potluck.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6 serves

Ingredients 

FOR THE BROCCOLI SALAD

  • 4 cups broccoli florets*
  • 6 slices turkey bacon, cooked to a desired crispness and chopped, (you can also use regular low sodium bacon)
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, cooked/grilled and diced to bite size pieces
  • 2 cups low fat cubed cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

FOR THE CREAMY DRESSING

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
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Instructions 

  • In a large salad bowl combine broccoli florets, chopped bacon, diced chicken, cubed cheese, cherry tomatoes, and onions; set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl combine mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar; whisk until thoroughly incorporated. Taste and adjust accordingly.
  • Add dressing to the broccoli salad; toss gently.
  • Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. 
  • Serve.

Notes

*If you don’t like raw broccoli, you can put the florets in a small amount of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes, covered. Then, rinse the broccoli under cold water so to stop them from further cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 738mg | Potassium: 519mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 65.9mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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13 Comments

  1. Jeannine says:

    Any thing I can use to substitute the sugar? Trying to stay away from refunded processed sugar. Honey maybe?

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Hi!
      Yep, you can definitely use honey, or any other sugar substitute you may have on hand.

  2. Charlotte Hall says:

    Made this last night for supper. Salad is great, but sorry to say we did not care for the dressing! If I make this again, will definitely be hunting a different one.

  3. Paula - bell'alimento says:

    Such a perfect picnic side!

  4. Sean Mahan says:

    Broccoli salads are so delicious! This recipe looks amazing too, looking forward to try it.

  5. Krista says:

    Love the chicken addition in this salad! Great idea!

  6. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Love everything about this! Definitely Saving!

  7. Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says:

    Such a great way to enjoy broccoli! Thanks for this salad recipe!

  8. Ann Gehrlein says:

    This recipe is me, but how much in cups or ounces do you think a serving would be? Great for a weight watcher diet, thank you.

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Hi!
      Yep, definitely good for a WW diet! ๐Ÿ™‚ A serving of this salad is about 1-1/2 to 2 cups, or 1/6 of the entire salad since it serves 6 people.

      1. Ann Gehrlein says:

        Thanks for your reply and since you know more than I do, I ‘love ask another question! This would do us well for dinner, but it there any way to make this salad and have it for a couple of lunches? Could I just leave the salad undressed? Any idea of how much a serving of dressing is? Don’t forget, as a Weight Watcher I count every bite! Thanks for all of your help!

        1. Katerina Petrovska says:

          Personally, I like this salad a day or two after, salad dressing included. ๐Ÿ™‚ But, yes, you can definitely have it for a couple of lunches – just keep it in an airtight container and in the fridge. In as far as the dressing, there’s a total of 16 tablespoons that you can get out of it, but for a cup of broccoli salad, you won’t need more than say 1 tablespoon. And a serving of the dressing is 1 tablespoon. Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I Heart Naptime says:

    YUM!! What a great combo! I love broccoli salad ๐Ÿ™‚