Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad Recipe, a favorite, crowd-pleasing potluck or summer salad, made with a delicious, sweet dressing. (Watch the video!)

Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad Recipe

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For me, hospitality is all about love. If you don’t have love in your heart, then it’s hard to be genuine and real and want to give to others.  Hospitality is also more than food (THIS Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad Recipe – yum!), a bed, and even planned activities for your guests.

Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad Recipe

The core of being a good host is making your guests feel warm and welcome; providing them a place to relax and feel loved.

But again, good food is always the icing on the cake (wink-wink). 

Anybody who doesn’t like broccoli will change their mind when they taste this yummy Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad!

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Cold Broccoli Salad Ingredients

Here’s my spin on a cold broccoli salad (easy to chill ahead of time), and these simple ingredients:

  • Broccoli
  • Bacon
  • Red onion
  • Currants or golden raisins
  • Cashews
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Sour cream
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper

It’s not your usual cranberry or raisin salad. Although bacon and red onion are always essential in this recipe, and you can mix and match the nuts. Oh, and if you want to make a main dish with broccoli, you will love this Broccolini Curried Chicken Divan.

Easy Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad Recipe

Boccoli Salad Dressing

It’s super easy to put together a classic bacon broccoli salad. And it’s always a hit with most people!

We love this recipe all year round, the perfect option for potlucks or gatherings!

What makes this recipe so summery-good is the sweet salad dressing. Do you ever swap out lime for lemon? Or try different spices? The cayenne pepper is what gives this salad great flavor. Not too much, but just enough for a little kick!

Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad Recipe

Having people over

You’re a leader when you invite people into your home, especially for a weekend. Some of my best friends came to visit me in central Oregon this past weekend.As soon as they showed up, and a bunch of hugs were given, you could just feel us all slowing down, and starting to relax … ahhhhh!

Best broccoli salad recipe

For dinner the first night, I cooked a Baked Pistachio Lemon Salmon with a Wild Rice Salad, including this Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad Recipe. A big hit! You know it’s a big hit when everyone asks for the recipe :)

Easy Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad

Day-to-day lifeline

This is what I learned this past weekend from my lovely friends, who, by the way, spent time on the water with me, paddling to new territory (more coming soon on our kayak trip), riding bikes, walking, eating, shopping, and just “being” present together. It was truly lovely.

I learned that my day-to-day lifeline, best-people friends, who now live far away, are still the quality people that I left a year ago, and I love them more today! We’re still cheering each other on and encouraging each other toward the heart of what we all find important in our lives. Life is messy and uncertain, and we’re learning to lean into the seasons of life. We have graduated kids and kids still in college. Life is full and rich, never a dull moment, and most certainly, uncertain!

Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad Recipe

Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad Recipe

Enjoy this Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad Recipe. It makes the best leftovers (if there are any), and it’s super yummy served in a wrap. The leftovers don’t get soggy, and the flavor is amost better the 2nd day.

My friends said this was the BEST salad, so I’m taking their word for it :)

Salads are fun to serve for a girlfriend party, right?

bowl of broccoli salad

More summer salads:

Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad

Garden Fresh Caprese Salad

Caprese Pickle Salad Kebabs

Barley Salad with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and Parsley [Rachel Cooks]

Strawberry Caprese Farro Salad [A Beautiful Plate]

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Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad Recipe

Crowd-pleasing potluck and summer salad, Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad Recipe is made with a delicious, sweet dressing. Everyone's favorite. Easy to make ahead, doesn't get soggy!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 12
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  • 10 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 12 pieces bacon, cooked and chopped
  • ½ large red onion, diced
  • ½ cup currants, or golden raisins
  • 1 cup cashews, chopped in large chunks


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper


  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  • In a large bowl place the broccoli, bacon, red onion, currants, and cashews. Toss with dressing until well mixed. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.
  • Serve leftovers in a wrap (with chicken or salmon).


reposted from JUNE 2018
Cuisine: American
Course: Salad
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glass bowl of Broccoli Bacon Cashew Salad