Broccoli, Dried Cranberry and Smokey Bacon Salad

  • Author: Roz Corieri Paige | La Bella Vita Cucina



  • 1 pound thick-sliced, hickory smoked bacon (this makes ALL the difference!) fried completely until dark reddish-brown and crispy, then cooled, and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • 12 pounds fresh broccoli, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 11/2 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 cup thinly shredded mild cheddar cheese, or small cubes if you like
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 12 cups mayonnaise
  • 4 Tbsp. vinegar (try using red wine vinegar)
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, blend the first 6 ingredients together (from the broccoli to the sunflower seeds).
  2. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar.
  4. Blend well until sugar is dissolved.
  5. Combine the broccoli mixture with the mayonnaise mixture.