Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Dried Cherries

A delicious alternative to a lettuce salad, this Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Dried Cherries is perfect for any gathering!

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Dried Cherries | Perfect for picnics and potlucks!

Jazzed Up Broccoli Salad

This highly adaptable salad has been making the rounds for years. With a sweet mayonnaise based dressing, it’s crunchy and irresistible! Often chock full of raisins, I swapped those out for dried cherries. The nut of your choice can be added for texture. Bacon gives a saltiness to balance out the sweetness of the dressing. And you can certainly skip blanching the broccoli, but I prefer this vegetable slightly cooked over raw.

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Dried Cherries | Perfect for picnics and potlucks!

Time Is a Friend to This Salad

I couldn’t resist digging into a big bowl of this broccoli salad and though it was tasty, it was SO much better the next day. The dressing had loosened up a bit and the flavors melded wonderfully. Unlike a next-day soggy lettuce salad, this sturdy gem aged well. So if you’re in need of a little different side for your next gathering, give this one a shot. And plan ahead by making it the night before—it’s worth the wait!

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Dried Cherries

Serves 6-8 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 17 mins

A classic picnic salad made with broccoli, bacon and dried cherries. Easily adapted to make it your own!


  • 4-6 slices thick bacon, cooked and chopped (more is certainly allowed!)
  • 4 cups of small, bite sized broccoli florets, blanched a minute or two, then chilled quickly in ice water. Let drip dry to avoid diluting the salad dressing.
  • 1/2-1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I recommend Hellmann's)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together bacon, broccoli, cherries, almonds and nuts. Whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice and sugar. Add to broccoli mixture and toss to combine. Refrigerate for an hour or two to let flavors meld. Toss again before serving.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 543kcal Calories from fat 411
% Daily Value
Total Fat 46g 71%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 393mg 16%
Carbohydrate 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 21g
Protein 7g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. My fave! Love the dried cherries in yours. Different!

  2. Oh bacon can jazz up so many things easily. This salad looks delicious!

  3. I love this type of salad and I love adding nuts and almonds in there!

  4. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    This does sound good, love the almonds and bacon makes everything better:@)

  5. I LOVE broccoli salads – this one looks very similar to one I make and it’s always a hit. I usually use cranberries, but I really like your idea of using cherries.

  6. Oh, what a good idea with the cherries…I have subbed cranberries and apricots and dates for the raisins before but haven’t ventured into cherries. You can bet I will now. This is one of Mark’s favorite things that I pack in his lunches (he never likes to take time out to eat lunch out so treats like this one make lunch seem more special). He will love the cherries!

  7. I love this salad and love your addition of bacon and dried cherries. A great way to get your family to eat broccoli. Perfect for lunches or a picnic!

  8. When I’m not making my own mayo, Hellman’s is what I always use, too. I can’t believe I’ve never made this salad! I’ve seen it (or versions of it) for ages. Really need to try it, particularly since we’ll be getting local broccoli before long. Thanks for this.

  9. Broccoli salad is actually one of my favorite salads, ever, so you can imagine me jumping up to attention in my seat at this post 🙂 just saved it for future reference, yummy share!!

  10. Liz I love this salad! It is full of flavors and with the bacon and cherries I might even get Manservant to eat it!

  11. Healthy, tasty, with a great mix of flavors and textures. This just might be the perfect salad, Liz!

  12. It sounds and looks delicious, Liz! I have all the ingredients and can’t imagine why I never thought of combining bacon, etc. with cherries! Way to go, Liz!

  13. How grrrreat to have a salad which actually gets better with age =) Genius to swap out raisins in favor of cherries =)

  14. Broccoli salad is one of my faves and how can you go wrong with bacon! Love the cherries in this – great idea, Liz!

  15. Hotly Spiced says:

    Broccoli and bacon are a winning combination. It’s great that you say the salad is even better the second day as often salads are only good on the day they’re made. I think that’s a lovely idea to switch the raisons for cranberries xx

  16. I love salads, specially when they are gourmands like this one ! I like the idea to put in the dried cherries, for the “sucré” ! Very nice mix !

  17. Love the crunch in this salad treat, Liz! xoxo

  18. I absolutely adore broccoli salad! This sounds perfect for all the potlucks and picnics we have coming up. Love the flavors and that’s awesome that it tastes better the next day too!

  19. Broccoli salad is one of my favorites! I love the crunchy almonds and cherries you added – a great twist!

  20. I see this being served at many a bbq this summer! Love the mix of sweet and tart and savory.

  21. You are a genius Liz, I love this salad and could eat my weight in it but the raw broccoli didn’t always agree with me. I love the idea of blanching it although I may eat way too much now!

  22. I like your jazzed up salad. I’m passing this recipe along to my daughter, broccoli is one of the few vegetables she likes.

  23. Everything tastes better with bacon added, but the addition of the dried cherries is brilliance. This salad would surely trick me into eating broccoli. Lol!

  24. I have the adventurous salad gene in the family and I look forward to salad bliss with this one!


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