Soups/Salads Vegetarian

The Best Broccoli Salad

Ready to bring the best side dish to the cookout or summer BBQ? This recipe for Broccoli Salad will be a HIT all around! Made with tons of nutrient-rich veggies and tossed in a lemony-Caesar dressing, I promise you’ll be taking home an empty container by the end of the night.

A bowl of Broccoli Salad with bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, quinoa, croutons, shallots, and caesar dressing.

For the 1st installment of my Summer Salads series – the Best Ever Broccoli Salad is a heavy-hitter! We toss broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, crispy bacon, cooked quinoa, and roasted shallots with Caesar dressing, grated parmesan, and crushed croutons. Every bite is filled with flavor!


Ingredients

  • Broccoli FloretsInstead of leafy greens, this salad uses chopped broccoli florets as its fiber-rich base.
  • Chopped Bacon Grab your favorite type of bacon to add a salty and crunchy element. There’s very few recipes that aren’t elevated by some bacon.
  • Roasted Shallots – Don’t throw away the liquid gold, aka bacon grease, just yet! This recipe roasts thinly-sliced shallots in the same pan for extra flavor.
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes – Sun-dried tomatoes are marinated in a delicious herby oil that lends perfectly to the flavors of broccoli salad.
  • Cooked Quinoa – For a boost of protein and a serving of grains, we toss in some cooked quinoa into this salad.
  • Crushed Croutons – I’m a fan of croutons in ANY salad recipe. You can make these yourself really quickly, or buy them in a bag.
  • Caesar Dressing – I have a delicious, 5-minute Caesar dressing recipe on the blog. You can always use your favorite store-bought kind if you want.

How to Make the Best Broccoli Salad

With a little finesse in the order of ingredients, I’ve made this recipe extra efficient so you spend less time in the kitchen.

  1. Start by cooking your bacon. As you can see in the recipe card below, I recommend the cold oven/foil method of baking. It results in perfectly crispy bacon every time!
  2. While the bacon is cooking, slice your shallots into thin rounds.
  3. Remove the bacon, pat dry with a paper towel, and chop into small pieces.
  4. Add the sliced shallots to the sheet pan with the bacon grease, and roast for 20 minutes. The bacon “liquid gold” gives our shallots a burst of extra flavor!
  5. While the shallots are roasting, chop up your broccoli and season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  6. Assemble the remaining ingredients – grating the parmesan, setting out the quinoa, whisking up some Caesar dressing, crushing up your croutons.
  7. Add the broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, quinoa, roasted shallots, grated parm, and crushed croutons to a large salad bowl.
  8. Pour the Caesar dressing on top and toss well.
  9. You can serve it immediately, or make this a day ahead.

A closeup shot of Broccoli Salad with bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, quinoa, croutons, shallots, and caesar dressing.


Coined Cuisine’s Summer Salad Series

Every year, I try to do a miniseries that’s geared towards the current season to give inspiration and ideas on fun kitchen projects. To catch up on those you’ve missed, try my Popsicle series or Puff Pastry series from prior years.

This summer, and right on time for the 1st day of summer 2024, it’s all about Summer Salads! That’s gonna be delicious, summery side dishes that you can bring to the cookout or enjoy at your own backyard BBQ. I’ll continue to update this post with the recipe links as they drop, so it’s easy to navigate throughout them all.


Other Salad Recipes You’ll Crave!

Fresh Rainbow Fruit Salad + Agave-Lime Syrup

Easy Cold Shrimp Salad on Croissants

Pesto Chicken & Avocado Salad

Buffalo Chicken Ranch Cobb Salad

Green Goddess Shrimp Salad

 
A closeup shot of Broccoli Salad with bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, quinoa, croutons, shallots, and caesar dressing.

Broccoli Salad

Shani W.
Broccoli Salad is the perfect summer salad for BBQs and cookouts all season. Made with fresh broccoli, sun-dried tomatoes, crispy bacon, quinoa, and a zesty Caesar dressing – this is the most delicious way to get your vegetables in!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Course Salad, Sides
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 strips applewood smoked bacon
  • 2 ct. shallots
  • 12 oz. broccoli florets
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • cup cooked quinoa
  • cup croutons crushed
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • caesar dressing see link below for a homemade version!

Instructions
 

  • Add the bacon strips to a foil-lined sheet pan and place in a cold oven.
  • Set the oven to 390℉ and bake the bacon for 12-15 minutes, until crispy.
  • While the bacon is cooking, thinly slice your shallots.
  • Remove the bacon and pat them to remove excess grease. Chop into crumbles.
  • Add the thinly-sliced shallots to the bacon greased pan. Roast at 390℉ for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • If you're making your Caesar dressing homemade, whisk together all of the ingredients and then set aside.
  • While your shallots are roasting, chop the broccoli florets into small pieces.
  • Add the chopped broccoli to a large salad bowl and season with the salt and pepper.
  • Pour in the crumbled bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and cooked quinoa.
  • Add your roasted shallots, crushed croutons, and grated parmesan.
  • Finally, dress your salad with the Caesar dressing and toss to combine.
  • Serve immediately, or store in the fridge until you're ready to eat. Enjoy!
Keyword bbq sides, broccoli salad, Sides for the Cookout, summer salads

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A closeup shot of Broccoli Salad with bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, quinoa, croutons, shallots, and caesar dressing.

The Coined Breakdown

  • Total Cost per serving: $0.94
  • Total Cost (4 servings): $3.76
  • Those Other Guys: $8.99 per serving

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