Sweet and Smoky Broccoli Salad #RetroRecipe #SundaySupper

[ 65 ] January 20, 2013 |

Food is ever present in our lives. Yes, we need it to survive, but it’s more than that. Food can trigger intricate details in memories. Does the smell of fresh baked cookies remind you of your grandmother’s kitchen? Does a specific chicken dish remind you of a loved filled family celebration? Food memories can take you back in time, so for a little fun the #SundaySupper group is taking on the challenge to share our favorite Retro Recipe.  I already posted how my favorite Impossible Cheeseburger Pie transports me back to my childhood, I needed a new recipe. I decided on a delicious salad that I saw at every family picnic while growing up…Sweet and Smoky Broccoli Salad.

Sweet and Smoky Broccoli Salad #Recipe www.InTheKitchenWithKP

I love the sweet and tangy flavors the dressing lends to the crunchy fresh broccoli.  Adding the smoky bacon of course takes it to another level.  I modified this recipe for my current eating plan of Phase one of the South Beach Diet, but you can certainly use real sugar in the dressing, and regular bacon versus the turkey.  I’ll be enjoying this salad for the next day or two.  So far I don’t have any volunteers to help me eat it.  No other fans of uncooked broccoli in our house.

Food memories are different for everyone. This week, you will find some old school, unchanged recipes, and some new ones with maybe an updated twist or modernized for today. Either way, you are going to see some amazing foods.

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Sweet and Smoky Broccoli Salad #RetroRecipe #SundaySupper
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli
  • ¼ cup small red onion, diced small
  • 6 slices cooked turkey bacon, crumbled
  • ¼ cup sunflower kernels
  • ½ cup grated low fat cheddar cheese
  • Dressing Ingredients:
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 3 T rice wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, or red wine vinegar
  • 3 Splenda packets
  • salt/pepper to taste
  1. Combine dressing ingredients in bowl with a wire whisk. Place dressing in fridge to allow flavors to blend.
  2. Wash and dry broccoli. Chop broccoli florets and stems into very small pieces.
  3. Dice onion into small piece
  4. Crumble the bacon
  5. Combine broccoli, onion, bacon, and sunflower kernels in large bowl.
  6. Mix dressing into salad
  7. Gently fold in cheese.
  8. Refrigerate salad for a few hours before serving.


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Happily married with two children, Karen does not hesitate to rebuff her family’s hungry advances at mealtime, while she styles and photographs their dinner to share on Instagram before serving them. In The Kitchen With KP is full of family friendly adventures around Atlanta (and beyond), plus simple recipes everyone can feel comfortable trying. In fact, her whole family participates in the cooking/baking fun on a regular basis.

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  1. Shannon @VillageGirlBlog
    Twitter: VillageGirlBlog

    Oh My Goodness! I recently had this at a baby shower and it was sooo good. I had no idea what it was. So excited you shared this! Thank you : )
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  2. YUM! This looks delicious, Karen! I love fresh broccoli in salad.
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  3. What a great salad! It’s so pretty!! This would be perfect in my lunches!
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers recently posted..Pineapple Square Bars #SundaySupperMy Profile

  4. YUM! This is a family favorite! We also bring it to potlucks!
    Jen @ Juanita’s Cocina recently posted..Frozen Pineapple Upside-Down Cake ~ Retro Recipes #SundaySupper!My Profile

  5. I love broccoli salad. Broccoli and bacon are perfect for each other. Yummy!
    Lane @ Supper for a Steal recently posted..Nana’s Marinated Roast Beef | Retro #SundaySupperMy Profile

  6. Sarah
    Twitter: jo_jo_ba

    Don’t think I’ve ever had brocc salad… need to!
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  7. I loved this salad growing up! It is a good one, but then again, anything with bacon cannot be bad. right? LOL I need to use turkey bacon more . Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    Sherron@SimplyGourmet recently posted..265. Ambrosia Salad #SundaySupper #RetrorRecipeMy Profile

  8. Katie
    Twitter: SheLikesRuffles

    Broccoli salad always seems to show up at my in laws’ house for meals! I have never made it myself, but your version sounds interesting! I like that you used turkey bacon…yum!
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  9. This salad works perfectly well today karen! And I love broccoli in salads. Have a great day!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Chicken Maryland with Corn Red Pepper Pudding and Fried Bananas #SundaySupperMy Profile

  10. I am totally making this!!! I love it! Pinned!
    The Wimpy Vegetarian recently posted..Classic Green Bean Casserole Redux: #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. This is one of my favorite potluck salads…so good!! Love the sweet/tangy/smoky combo.
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  12. This salad looks really good. We never had bacon on any type of salad when I was a kids.
    Arlene @FlourOnMyFace recently posted..Jello Poke Cake Retro Recipes #SundaySupperMy Profile

  13. I love this salad. We make it all the time for parties. Yum!
    Jennie @themessybakerblog recently posted..Chicken & Biscuits Pot Pie Casserole ~ #SundaySupperMy Profile

  14. Broccoli in a salad is genius!
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  15. Anne @ Webicurean
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    If I had some broccoli on hand, I’d be making this for lunch today–this looks and sounds awesome!
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  16. I love the combo’s in this dish!!! I will be all on this over the summer. Thanks for the share!

  17. Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips
    Twitter: Cupcakekalechip

    I am not a fan of raw broccoli, except in salads like this!
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  18. Tara says:

    You have lightened up an old time favorite. Nicely done!!
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  19. Conni Smith says:

    Mmmmm – this salad looks so delicious! I love all the goodies you have packed in here!
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  20. I remember broccoli salad being at all the potlucks as a kid, and then I avoided it like crazy! Now I would be all over it, and I love the sweet and smokey version!
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts recently posted..Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Balsamic #SundaySupperMy Profile

  21. Hezzi-D
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    My mom always made this growing up and I loved it. I haven’t had it in years but I love your sweet and smokey take on it!
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  22. Natalie says:

    Looks so good! I love a good broccoli salad.
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  23. Chris Baccus says:

    Love this, especially with the addition of turkey bacon.
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  24. The Ninja Baker
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    Yummy! Thank you for this keeper recipe, Karen!

  25. Faye Leong says:

    Broccoli is my favorite, this look so refreshing!
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  26. Susan says:

    I love the idea of a broccoli salad with dinner.
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  27. Nancy @ gottagetbaked
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    Karen, I LOVE broccoli salad! An old coworker of mine would make it every time we had a potluck and I could never get enough. I like that you lightened it up a bit with turkey bacon. Fabulous retro recipe!
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  28. Carla says:

    Yes!! My coworker gave me a bowl of this last week and I was in love. It reminded me of coleslaw. Cant wait to make this now.
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  29. Bea
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    I will be right over for a plate of this fantastic sounding salad :) It sounds and looks great :)
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  30. Brandie (@ Home Cooking Memories)
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    This is one of my most favorite salads, but I’ve only had it made from someone else (or at a restaurant). Pinning this so I can keep it handy for making myself!
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  31. Classic revamped, love it!
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  32. Sarah says:

    Broccoli salad is one of my favorites. Love the turkey bacon and sunflower seeds. I can totally appreciate the healthy recipe.
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  33. I make my Mamaw’s version of this recipe all through the summer…and even for Thanksgiving! Love it!
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  34. Renee says:

    My favorite sandwich shop near my house sells a broccoli salad as a side. I see people buying it all the time. It’s an oldie but a goodie for sure.
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    • karenhartzell says:

      I’ve eaten it three days in a row, and it stayed a good texture too. I will def be making this again as an easy side dish.

  35. Amanda @ MarocMama
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    We’ve had a recipe similar to this in our family for as long as I can remember. It’s always been a crowd pleaser!
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