Summer Broccoli & Bacon Salad

With 3 veggies, bacon, and olive oil- this easy summer broccoli & bacon salad makes a healthy edition to any picnic or weeknight dinner!

I know not everyone is with me, but I LOVE broccoli! Hands down, one of my favorite vegetables! Well, I like cooked broccoli. Raw has never done it for me.

And, my love for these mini green trees is all thanks to my college friend, Ben. I don't have any specific memories, but I must have tried broccoli a few times growing up. Cut to my 20-year-old night Ben recommended ordering stir fry at a local college restaurant. He loved the orange chicken with broccoli (there may have been other veggies too.) So, I took a chance. He was right! It was delicious!

If I had never met Ben, how many more years would it have been before I dared to try broccoli again?!? Luckily, I never need to find out. Broccoli became a beloved staple in my diet.

And broccoli is the star of this healthy dish! Plus, bacon makes everything better! I chose to lightly cook (blanch) the broccoli, but you could go with raw or even boil it longer for a softer texture.

If you do have...issues...with broccoli, try slicing it up and cooking! This will help your body when digesting.

Ready, set, yum.

individual serving of broccoli and corn salad

Ingredients for Summer Broccoli & Bacon Salad

  • Broccoli
  • Bacon
  • Bell Peppers
  • Corn
  • Olive Oil
  • Dressing: I used bacon grease, oil, orange juice, lemon juice, and brown sugar to make a light citrus dressing.
  • Optional: cashews

What to Serve with Broccoli Salad

Just add a protein for a complete meal!- Chicken, steak, beef, ham, turkey, pork, tofu, vegan "meat" substitutes...Also makes a terrific side dish for a picnic!

          - Keto-Friendly, Low-Carb Chicken Parmesan

          - Stay-at-Home Orange Chicken

          - Asian-Style Meatloaf

broccoli salad with bacon and corn

Summer Broccoli & Bacon Salad

With 3 veggies, bacon, and olive oil- this easy summer broccoli & bacon salad makes a healthy edition to any picnic or weeknight dinner!



  • 8 - 12 slices of bacon, crumbled
  • 3 heads of broccoli, chopped, (about 1 1/2 lbs.)
  • Olive oil
  • 3 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 c. frozen or fresh corn
  • Salt and pepper

Light Citrus Dressing

  • 1 Tbsp. bacon grease
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  1. In a medium skillet, brown the bacon. Set strips on a plate lined with a paper towel. Then, reserve 1 Tbsp. of grease for the dressing. Next, with about 1 Tbsp. of oil (either leftover grease or olive oil) lightly sauté the peppers for 3-5 minutes. Add about 1-2 tsp. of oil and lightly sauté the corn for 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling water, blanch the broccoli for 1-3 minutes. Drain and allow to cool. Then, chop into smaller pieces. In a large mixing bowl, add the broccoli, bacon bits, peppers, and corn.
  3. In a small bowl or mason jar, add the bacon grease, olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice, and brown sugar. Whisk or cover and shake. For a stronger flavor, double the recipe. Pour over the broccoli salad and carefully stir. If desired, garnish with chopped cashews. Serve warm, cold, or room temperature.


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