Broccoli, Cranberry & Bacon Salad

A sweet and juicy surprise in every bite this Broccoli, Cranberry and Bacon Salad recipe is always a winner!

Fresh, crunchy broccoli mixed with bacon and juicy dried cranberries makes a festive and delectable salad.

Blue napkin surrounding bowl of broccoli, cranberry, bacon salad on a wooden counter top

Broccoli Cranberry & Bacon Salad Recipe

We’re always looking for more easy ways to enjoy vegetables and this simple salad is the perfect side dish! Full of bright flavors this cold broccoli salad makes broccoli fun to eat!

This broccoli salad with cranberries and bacon is perfect for meal prep. Mix it up and enjoy along with a few meals throughout the week.

There are lots of variations of Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad, but the dried cranberries make this one unique!

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Start with fresh, young, tender broccoli that is deep green. If broccoli is too mature, beginning to brown or dry out the quality of the salad with decrease. Quality ingredients will make a high quality salad for a lot of people to enjoy!

Wooden spoonful of light dressing on Broccoli Cranberry Bacon Salad

We also love broccoli in my mom’s Broccoli & Mushroom Casserole and our Jiffy Broccoli Cornbread.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Broccoli – lots of fresh broccoli is so much easier to eat with this wonderful blend of flavors
  • Dried Cranberries – A little sweet, a surprise burst of juice and a pretty color, dried cranberries make this salad unique.
  • Bacon – Brings the savory flavor you crave. A little bit of freshly cooked and crumbled bacon goes a long way to accent veggies and make them more enjoyable.
  • Red onion – Crunchy with a hint of spiciness, onions provide great contrast to the other flavors in this cold salad.
  • Half and half – Helps bring a richness to the dressing that lightly coats all of the ingredients
  • Mayonnaise – Rich, creamy and makes veggies so much easier to eat when mixed in the simple dressing.
  • Sugar – use just a little granulated sugar to sweeten the whole dish.
Small bits of bacon, red onions and dried cranberries peeking out of florets of broccoli with a light dressing in a glass bowl with a bright blue and white napkin

How to Make Broccoli Salad with Cranberries

Begin by washing fresh broccoli. Allow it to air dry and cut into small broccoli florets.

While broccoli is drying fry bacon and crumble.

Chop red onion into small pieces.

Place broccoli in a large mixing bowl. Add cranberries, crumbled bacon and red onion to the mixing bowl.

Dried cranberries, chopped red onions and crumbled bacon on top of small florets of broccoli

Mix up half and half, mayonnaise and granulated sugar.

Using a small whisk to stir well. Keep mixing until the sugar no longer settles to the bottom.

Blue whisk in small glass bowl of broccoli salad dressing made of half and half, mayo and sugar

Pour dressing over the broccoli salad mixture.

Use a large spoon to mix everything together.

Thin, liquidy white dressing poured poured over broccoli cranberry bacon salad recipe

Storage & Serving

Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Stir again before serving.

Enjoy within 2 to 4 days for best texture and flavor!

If serving in warm weather place serving bowl on a layer of ice to help ensure food safety.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Sunflower seeds or walnuts would also be great mixed in this meal
  • Red onion can be thinly sliced, but we prefer to finely chop the pieces as we find it easier to cut and eat with small pieces of broccoli
  • Use fresh broccoli that is bright green and has not become seedy
  • Small pieces of broccoli allow for more flavor from the dressing and other ingredients to be enjoyed
  • We have several recipes for a crowd and you can make several batches of this for a party
Drops of light dressing made from half and half and mayonnaise sitting on top of pieces of broccoli salad with bacon and cranberries

More Easy Cold Salad Recipes:

Linguine Salad uses a flavorful salad seasoning to make a great combo of veggies and pasta.

Cucumber Salad is light, refreshing and has a super delicious dressing made of mayo and sour cream.

Angel Hair Pasta Salad uses a slaw dressing with a few veggies to create a dish that is always cleaned out at a party!

Old Fashioned Grape Salad is a classic side dish for parties and picnics.

Big Batch Macaroni Salad and Pasta Salad for a Crowd are perfect for graduation parties, family reunions and other big events.

Overhead view of glass bowl full of broccoli salad with bacon and cranberries surrounded by bright blue and white napkin

Broccoli, Cranberry and Bacon Salad

Servings 10 servings
A sweet and juicy surprise in every bite this Broccoli, Cranberry and Bacon Salad recipe is always a winner!
Fresh, crunchy broccoli mixed with bacon and juicy dried cranberries makes a festive and delectable salad.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2/3 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 pound bacon cooked & crumbled


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup half and half cream
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar


  • In a large bowl combine broccoli, onion, cranberries and bacon.
  • In a small bowl mix mayonnaise, cream and sugar until smooth.
  • Pour dressing over broccoli mixture and toss to coat. Refrigerate until time to serve.


  • 1/2 pound of bacon is about 1/3 cup cooked and crumbled


Calories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 4gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 263mgPotassium: 201mgFiber: 2gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 286IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 0.5mg

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