Creamy Broccoli and Bacon Salad

I’ve been in a bit of a veggie rut lately.  I love veggies (most of them, at least :)) but we seem to always have the same vegetables cooked the same way every time.  That gets a little boring.  Adding cheese is always an option since cheese makes everything better but I wasn’t feeling it this time.  So I thought I’d try something a little different and add some life into our side dishes.

This creamy broccoli and bacon salad did the trick!  According to my meat-eaters, bacon makes everything better.  I’m not a huge bacon eater, but I do enjoy bacon crumbles on a salad.  The nice thing about this salad is that the only ingredient that needs to be cooked is the bacon.  And if you want to use pre-cooked bacon or even bacon crumbles, you don’t have to cook anything!  Easy peasy, right?

For the salad itself, you only need 4 ingredients: broccoli, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and bacon.  For the creamy sauce, you only need avocado, lemon and a little salt and pepper.  I haven’t included any specific measurements here because you really can’t go wrong.  You can use as much or as little of each as you’d like!  Don’t you just love recipes that you can’t mess up?

If you’re not a fan of raw broccoli, you could steam it for a couple of minutes but I like the crunch of raw broccoli so I chose to use it raw.  Plus, that saves even more time getting this salad together.  And I’m all about saving time any way I can!

To make the salad, add broccoli florets to a large bowl.  Cut cherry tomatoes in half and gently stir in with broccoli.  Add in diced red onions and bacon crumbles and gently stir.

To make the sauce, mash up one avocado with a fork and mix in the juice from one lemon.  Add a little salt and pepper to taste.  Then pour over salad and stir gently.

Creamy Broccoli and Bacon Salad

Ingredients

Salad

Broccoli florets
Cherry tomatoes
Red onion
Bacon crumbles

Sauce

Avocado
Juice from one lemon
Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • To make the salad, add broccoli florets to a large bowl.
  • Cut cherry tomatoes in half and gently stir in with broccoli.
  • Add in diced red onions and bacon crumbles and gently stir.
  • To make the sauce, mash up one avocado with a fork and mix in the juice from one lemon.
  • Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
  • Then pour over salad and stir gently.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

What is your favorite side dish or salad?  Tell me about it in the comments below!  Be sure to check out some of my other easy salads like this spinach and bacon salad (with warm bacon dressing)!

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