Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad

This Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad with a creamy honey mustard dressing is deliciously fresh and tasty! The perfect side salad to your meal!

Scroll down to the bottom of this post for my favourite Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad recipe!

Argh! Can you believe that it’s nearly Christmas. I swear this whole week I’ve been going through moments when I feel super organised and then suddenly I have moments when I feel totally disorganised (like when I was writing out Christmas cards in the car on the way to a Christmas lunch!!). Anyway, if you checked out last weeks Fabulous Foodie Fridays party, you would certainly know that Christmas is nearly here… there were SO many yummy Christmas recipes.


Here’s a few of my faves from last week:
First up if this super delish looking Chocolate Fudge from Cooking in the Chaos. Check out the Turkish Delight, Mint Crisp and macadamia nut toppings. This one is designed for the Thermomix, but could easily be adapted using this easy recipe from


Emily from Have A Laugh On Me runs the funniest blog in Australia. I love how her White Christmas with Gummy Bears and Pistachios proves you don’t have to love cooking to be able to make something super yummy for Christmas! (PS – if you’re after a giggle, I highly recommend signing up to her weekly newsletter… it’s seriously one of the funniest things going round).


I am so intrigued by this delicious looking Cherry and Oreo Trifle from vegeTARAian. What a great modern twist on a classic trifle!


I’m a total sucker for anything cute, so these Reindeer Cookies from The Annoyed Thyroid just had to be in my faves list this week. If you’re planning on doing some baking with kids over Christmas, these would be perfect.


Finally, there is no way I could possibly go past this ridiculously scrumptious Raspberry Lemon Butter Tart from Food Glorious Food. This would make an amazing addition to any Christmas dinner table!


Now pop over and check out Lauren’s yummy picks too.


How to make my favourite Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad….

This week I’m sharing one of my favourite salad recipes (and it’s also a great one for Christmas Day!). It’s an absolute classic and is really healthy (so you can totally justify that second slice of pav). Yep, it’s my Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad. See how it’s red and green… that makes it totally Christmassy right!?

Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad

I love this broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad because you can prep it ahead of time and then add the dressing just before serving. Which means you can kick back and enjoy the festivities without having to race around the kitchen getting all flustered… mind you, that could very well still happen!

Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad

Now if you prefer, you can always make this salad using raw broccoli. I personally love broccoli but can’t stand it raw, so I cook it just for a minute. This way it still stays crunchy, but doesn’t have that real raw flavour. If you’re like me and prefer cooked broccoli just make sure you only cook it ever so slightly and then drain it really well (you don’t want a soggy salad!).

Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad

To save on dishes, cook the bacon in a frying pan and when it’s nice and crispy remove it from the pan and add the pine nuts and sunflower seeds and cook for a minute or until just golden. A word of warning: watch those little pine nuts because they’ll cook really quickly! Meanwhile finally chop a red onion.  To make the dressing, mix the mayonnaise, wholegrain mustard, honey and lemon juice in a bowl and set aside.

Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad

When the bacon, pine nuts and seeds are ready, pop them into a serving bowl with the drained broccoli and the red onion. Add in the dried cranberries and give them all a toss. If you’re serving the salad immediately, drizzle over the dressing and mix to combine well. If you’re preparing the salad ahead of time, simply add the dressing just before serving.

Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad

So that’s it, this Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad really is perfect for Christmas… or a summer BBQ… or really anytime of the year!

Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad

Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad - Fabulous Foodie Fridays #31

This is one of my favourite salad recipes. It's an absolute classic and is really healthy. Yep, it's my Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad.
Course Salads
Cuisine Healthy, Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author Bake Play Smile


  • 2 heads of fresh broccoli chopped into small florets
  • 8 slices shortcut bacon
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 small red onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pinenuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries craisins
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbs wholegrain mustard
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Chop the broccoli into small florets and place into a bowl.
  2. Pour boiling water over the broccoli and leave for 1 minute.
  3. Drain the broccoli thoroughly so that there is no excess moisture.
  4. Chop the shortcut bacon into small pieces and fry in a pan over medium heat with the olive oil.
  5. When the bacon is crispy remove it and add the sunflower seeds and pine nuts to the pan.
  6. Cook for one minute or until the nuts and seeds have just started to turn golden.
  7. Finely chop the red onion and set aside.
  8. Place the broccoli, pine nuts, bacon, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and red onion into a large serving bowl.
  9. Mix the mayonnaise, wholegrain mustard, honey and lemon juice in a bowl.
  10. When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the salad and mix well to combine.

PS – Have you bought our Christmas Homemade Gifts eBook yet? It’s packed full of everything from sauces and condiments, to cookies and biscuits, slices and bars, and of course, all your classic favourite – there really is something to suit everyone! Click here to buy your copy for $7.99 (or if you subscribe to Bake Play Smile you can purchase it for only $3.99! And I promise I won’t email you any junk… just yummy recipes!!).

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Lauren from Create Bake Make & Lucy from Bake Play Smile have put their chocolate filled minds together, to bring you the newest and yummiest link up party in town…. Fabulous Foodie Fridays.


Each week we’ll select 5 of our favourite recipes to feature on the following Fabulous Foodie Fridays link up party, so be sure to check back and see if your recipe is featured. 

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1. Please only link up food or drink related posts. You can share up to 3 posts each week. They don’t have to be recent posts, but please make them new to the ‘Fabulous Foodie Fridays’ party.

2. Simply add your links and they will automatically show up on both of our blogs… it’s that easy!

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45 thoughts on “Broccoli, Bacon & Cranberry Salad”

  1. Danielle L says:

    I’m always looking for more ways to eat brocolli, I love it, and this looks great and not like anything I’ve eaten before. Thanks.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks so much Danielle. I love broccoli too! I could eat a big bowl of steamed broccoli each night… well actually I’d probably get sick of it, but you know what I mean!! xx

  2. I make a broccoli, bacon and pine nut pasta that my girls gobble up every time I make it so I know this would go down a treat with them. Delicious work once again! xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks so much Malinda! This salad really is an all-time fave isn’t it!

  3. So many yummy thing it makes the mind go crazy with ideas. So cool.
    My MIL does some thing very similar with broccoli but it’s warm version. This version with the added cranberries sounds right up my alley.
    Ps I also think Em is hilarious! I love her newsletter because I’d I’ve missed something I get up to date on all her antics… Such a funny lady. x

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Isn’t it the funniest newsletter ever! I really look forward to it – it always makes me giggle! Em really is the funniest lady!

  4. Ooh that Raspberry tart looks divine! I think I’m going to add your broccoli salad to my regular repertoire – the kids will think because there is bacon in it that it isn’t a salad! LOL

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Haha I love that logic! Doesn’t the raspberry tart look incredible. 🙂

  5. What a delicious time of year to have a foodie blog! 🙂

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      It really is the best time to have a food blog – it’s giving me so much Christmas baking inspiration seeing all these yummy recipes linked up!

  6. Nicole says:

    This salad looks amazing. Bacon, creamy dressing, and something green to balance the first two out. I’m in

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Haha yes exactly! xx

  7. The food ideas here look amazing!
    I hope it was okay to link this cake giveaway here?! I figured it was food related so I did. If not, feel free to remove it.
    Have a very Merry Christmas and I will see you again here next year! Xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Absolutely! That cake is incredible!!! I want one lol xx

  8. Oh my, thanks for the feature! So many great choices 😉

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      No problem! That trifle was fabulous!

  9. Love your salad . It looks right down my alley. Thanks for another party!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks so much Tania! It is a nice and healthy change – hehe xx

  10. Thanks for the shout out, lovely, why this weeke Foodie Friday is a veritable festive frenzy! I love broccoli and with the welcome addition of bacon, I wonder if I can make my hubster love it too! I love the sound of Em’s Rocky Road, she had me at gummy bears!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hi Sammie, just checked out your hedgehog slice… it looks amazing!!!! xx

  11. That salad looks delicious and yes very Christmassy! Will be adding that to the holiday cooking list! Thanks for this fabulous link up.x

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks so much for joining us Vicki! xx

  12. It’s the time of year when even salads are naughty isn’t it Lucy?

    Great pics – I loved Em’s take on food blogging too. xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Em’s food blogging prowess is just fabulous! I love it! 🙂

  13. I’m in charge of Xmas dinner this year, just my family and my parents, so only 4 adults and 3 fussy kids, but I want to do a few new things, this salad will be a hit as my kids love broccoli and bacon, might have to put cranberry sauce on the side. And wow aren’t you WAY too kind for mentioned my silly blog and my recipe… thanks so much – have a great weekend xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Go you! I love that White Christmas – so not silly!!! You’re very brave being in charge of dinner. I think I’m just bringing dessert hehe! xx

  14. Bec says:

    I MISS BACON!!! This salad looks amazing. I love how you nail sweet and savoury recipes. This is perfect for a summer bbq or family lunch! Thanks for sharing

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh thanks lovely! Bacon is good! But your yummy recipes are super delicious without it 🙂

  15. OOOoo I love a good broccoli salad! Will be trying this one over Summer! xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Me too! Love a good summer salad. 🙂

  16. Broccoli and bacon are a marriage made in heaven-I do like mine raw though. The broccoli that is lol. Perfect xmas salad.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      They sure it! Haha yes raw bacon would not be good lol!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Haha bacon does that, doesn’t it!

  17. All the recipes look great. This week end i’ll have some time to try the brocolis dish and a lot of Christmassy recipes! So glad to be a part of it!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks so much for joining is Cathy xx

  18. erin says:

    Broccoli in a salad is an absolute fave of mine!

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Me too Erin!

  19. I’m so excited by the momentum you’re building with your Foodie Fridays. Well done! This recipe looks amazing and must taste sooo good x

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks so much Bele – it’s very exciting!

  20. I am SO making Ems white Christmas. How can I not… chocolate AND Gummy bears. I die!!!! xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Hehe I did love that White Christmas!

  21. I am so far behind on my Christmas to-do list. I know it’s not possible to postpone it a week or two but that would be really good. 🙂

    The broccoli salad would pick up my mood, I’m sure.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      I know! I felt organised and now I feel very unorganised!!!

  22. Grace says:

    You know, my boys just asked me to make some reindeer cookies and voila! Annoyed Thyroid posted her recipe! Perfect timing! x

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