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Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Salad

Skip the traditional broccoli salad that's packed with sugar! Bacon Cheddar Cold Broccoli Salad with crispy bacon, cheese, topped with a keto friendly dressing and sunflower seeds, will be the go-to side dish recipe for all your family events! Only 4 net carbs but it is hard to believe because this cold broccoli salad with bacon is so delicious!
4 Net Carbs for 1/8th of the recipe
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, easy, gluten free, low carb side dish, recipe for broccoli salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 342kcal


  • 1/2 pound Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 5 cups small broccoli florets
  • 1/2 Red onion, sliced thin
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower seed hearts
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


Blanche the Broccoli

  • Fill a large pot half full with salted water and bring to boil. You want the water to taste salty.
  • Have a large bowl half full of cold water standing by.
  • Cook the broccoli in the boiling water for 1 minute.
  • Then, immediately remove the broccoli from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and put in the cold water to stop the cooking.
  • Now remove the broccoli from the cold water to drain on paper towels.

Assemble the Cold Broccoli Salad

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the blanched broccoli, bacon, red onion, cheddar cheese, sunflower seeds, mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar.
  • Mix well and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve


  • I cook my bacon on a sheet pan in the oven at 375F until crisp and then cutting it into bite size pieces.  You could also cut the bacon into pieces and cook in a skillet until crisp.
  • If you want to lighten this up, you could try using greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise.


Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g