Paleo Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Broccoli salad with bacon is a perfect side dish for any get-together. It's paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free. |

I haven’t made broccoli salad in years, but I was reminded of it the other day when I saw it on a buffet. I knew it would be easy to make a paleo version. I couldn’t find my old recipe, so I recreated it from memory — and made a few changes along the way. My new broccoli salad with bacon recipe is a perfect side dish for a summer get-together.

This broccoli salad gets its crunch from the broccoli and walnuts. It has a hint of sweet and sour from the combination of sweet golden raisins and apple cider vinegar. And it has lots of smoky goodness from the bacon. I updated the recipe with homemade paleo mayo and skipped the sugar that’s usually added to the dressing. I also reduced the amount of dressing to let the flavors of the salad shine through. And of course, I had to add a little extra bacon.

Paleo Broccoli Salad with Bacon

This updated broccoli salad with bacon will definitely be on the menu for our Labor Day barbecue.

Paleo Broccoli Salad with Bacon
Serves: 4 servings
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into bite size florets
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  1. Combine onions, vinegar and a good pinch of salt in bottom of large bowl. Stir in mayonnaise.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and toss. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Exclusive Bonus: Click here to get a free printable Paleo Shopping List.
P.S. Take a look at the Paleo Grubs Book. With 470+ easy-to-prepare Paleo recipes in 17 comprehensive categories, you’ll never wonder what to make.


    • says

      Try a local farm, they will often make bacon without additives. There are also online sources for paleo bacon, like U.S. Wellness Meats. The ingredients in their Whole 30 approved bacon are just pork and salt.

  1. Kristen says

    I use half cauliflower and half broccoli and put in sunflower seeds instead of walnuts and it is delish! The raisin’s add just enough sweetness to make you not miss the sugar in the conventional recipe. I didn’t think I could find a paleo version that I would like as much as the rich sugar filled version but I make this one every week to take to work for ‘breakfast’! Works great with Tessemae’s mayo if you don’t make your own. I haven’t been able to make mayo that is an acceptable substitute thus far!

  2. brenda says

    Delish!! Made it just like the recipe says ~ totally yummy. I was dreaming about returning home from my errands the next day and chowing down the leftovers. Unbeknownst to me my hubby beat me to it! I was so sad! Can’t wait to remake! Thank you!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>