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5 from 3 votes

Crunchy Bacon & Broccoli Salad with Creamy Orange Dressing

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Nut Free, Paleo, Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal, Whole30
Servings: 4


  • 6 cups broccoli florets (approx 1 large head)
  • 200 grams cooked bacon or pancetta roughly chopped
  • 1 small red onion finely chopped
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds


  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and create an ice bath by filling a bowl with ice cubes and cold water. 
  • Once the water is boiling add in the broccoli florets and cook for just 2 minutes (no longer!!). After 2 minutes transfer the broccoli to the ice bath and let completely cool. Drain the florets and allow to dry. 
  • In a large bowl add the broccoli florets, chopped bacon, red onion, shredded carrot and sunflower seeds. 
  • In a bowl whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing. Taste and add more orange juice (for sweetness) or vinegar (for acidity) until it meets your liking. 
  • Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper before serving.