Broccoli, Almond and Crispy Bacon Salad is a perfect one pot meal! Super delicious and easy to put together.
You have to agree with this – bacon does make everything better! I love the way the crispy fried bits just add flavour to everything they become a part of, and how. Given how rich and decadent it tastes, it would be blasphemy to classify it as just breakfast food. So this broccoli, almond and crispy bacon salad is a perfect lunch or dinner option too!
Could you ever have guessed that the process of making bacon started in China about 1500 years ago? The process of preserving and salting pork bellies began in China, and the Romans and the Greeks then kept up the tradition, enjoying the succulent salted pork.
But then I digress. Coming back to the topic, be it sprinkling some chopped fried bits as a garnish on top of a delicious soup or wrapping up your favourite meat in it for some extra flavour, there are a lot of things you can do with bacon. Did you know you can even make bacon brownies?
All of us at home love broccoli too, so this is a regular salad that I keep whipping up because it takes so little effort and well it has bacon 🙂
The best part of this salad is that it can be a complete meal in itself. If you like carbs and cannot stay away from them for a meal, you can always eat a slice of lightly toasted bread along!
It can also be an excellent salad to make when you are having guests over, works very well as a part of a larger sit-down meal. This is one salad which gets done in just about 20 minutes and you have lunch or dinner ready in no time!
Broccoli, Almond and Crispy Bacon Salad
- One head broccoli medium
- 100 grams bacon cubes
- 8 - 10 almonds
- 1/2 onion chopped (optional)
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
For the dressing:
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsps cheddar cheese sharp (optional)
- to taste salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper freshly ground
- Chop the broccoli in medium sized florets. Now you can either blanch them in boiling water for 3-4 minutes or grill them in the oven at 180C for 6 mins. Don't overcook the broccoli, the salad tastes best when the broccoli is crisp.
- Thaw and saute the bacon cubes till crisp and browned.
- Heat the olive oil in a pan and lightly toast the almonds in it. If you like spicy salads, feel free to add some paprika just before it is done.
- Mix all the dressing ingredients together till well blended. I haven't used cheese in the photo above but I often use it while making this salad
- Gently mix together broccoli, bacon and the dressing. Sprinkle the toasted nuts on top and serve warm or cold.