Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cranberries

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You’ll love this lighter version of Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cranberries. It’s packed with crunchy broccoli, crispy bacon, tart cranberries and a tangy dressing.

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cranberries 

If you are in need of a festive addition to your holiday table, look no further. How about a big bowl of Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cranberries?

The vibrant red and green colors make this recipe a pretty choice for your holiday meals. 

But please don’t limit this recipe to the holidays. A dish this delicious shines any time of year.

It’s an easy choice for weeknight meals and potluck dinners. I like to make a batch over the weekend, then serve with meals throughout the week.

The recipe can also be doubled easily for larger gatherings. I always come home with an empty bowl.

Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cranberries | A Reinvented Mom

The recipe I use was given to me by a friend many years ago. And it remains a family favorite to this day.
I’ve made several modifications to the original recipe by tailoring the ingredients to my family’s tastes. And reducing the sugar makes for a slightly healthier salad.

But let’s be honest – it’s not exactly a “healthy” salad. You’re still eating bacon, mayo & dried cranberries!

Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cranberries | A Reinvented Mom

Keep this recipe in your back pocket. When you’re short on time, 15-20 minutes is all you need to make a delicious side dish.

Originally published in 2014, Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cranberries is one of the first recipes I shared on A Reinvented Mom. A recipe this good deserved an update and new photos.

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Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cranberries

You’ll love this lighter version of Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cranberries. It’s packed with crunchy broccoli, crispy bacon, tart cranberries and a tangy dressing.

Course Veggie Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword best broccoli salad, broccoli salad with bacon and cranberries, easy broccoli cranberry salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 284 kcal
Author Lori @



  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of fresh ground pepper
  • Pinch of paprika


  • 10 cups broccoli florets about 3-4 medium sized heads, or 1/2 a Costco-sized bag
  • 5 strips bacon cooked crispy and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries I used Craisins



  1. Combine the mayonnaise, brown sugar, honey, vinegar, salt, pepper and paprika in a small bowl. Mix until well blended.


  1. Combine broccoli, bacon, onion & dried cranberries in a large bowl.
  2. Add dressing and gently mix until broccoli is well coated.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • Nutritional information is provided only as a reference.
Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Cranberries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 284 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 262mg 11%
Potassium 398mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 12g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 14.4%
Vitamin C 123.4%
Calcium 5.5%
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  1. Barb @ A Life in Balance says:

    Thank you for posting to Motivation Monday!

  2. I like the mix of sweet & salty, chewy & crunchy. Great salad that has a little of everything. Thank you for sharing with See Ya in the Gumbo.

  3. Oh my! This looks so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for being a part of our party. We really appreciate you! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  4. Yum! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  5. Usually, I don’t like broccoli – but the additions of craisins, red onion and my all-time favorite bacon make me think I will love this recipe! I am featuring it tonight when the #FoodieFriday linkup goes live – thank you so much for sharing it!

  6. What a Yummy Salad!! Hey I would love it if you shared your stuff on my new Link Party that starts tomorrow…Thursday! Its called My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! here is the link…You have great stuff!! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Thanks for sharing this salad idea at Motivation Monday. I’ve made a similar salad, but never with Craisins– sounds like a sweet addition 🙂

  8. I just love this salad and the dressing is one of my favorites. Thanks so much for starting your 2015 with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Happy New Year!
    Miz Helen

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