Charred Broccoli Salad Recipe

This Charred Broccoli Salad tastes like a smash burger with bacon. We are not lying to you. We would NEVER lie to you. Certainly not like your Great Aunt Mary used to lie to you about what would happen if you tried at least one bite of her World Famous Old Timey Broccoli Salad. She said you would grow up to be big and strong and NOT mired in six-figure student debt. Even if you did grow up to be big and strong, you probably still made Great Aunt Mary a liar. So here’s a salad that takes like a burger without having any burger at all in it. Kind of like the degree that got you the job that has nothing to do with your degree. It’s magic.


20 mins


20 mins





  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 Tbsp white sugar
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced



Charred Broccoli Salad

  • 8 slices of thick-cut cooked bacon, crumbled
  • Olive oil
  • 5 cups of chopped up broccoli (3 medium to large broccoli florets)
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 8 oz of broccoli slaw
  • Dressing

Charred Broccoli Salad in a white serving dish with wooden serving spoon

Charred Broccoli Salad


  1. In a small bowl, add all ingredients and mix until well-combined. Chill before ready to use.


Charred Broccoli Salad

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Cook bacon on parchment-lined baking sheet for 18-20 minutes, rotating halfway through.
  2. Preheat grill to 450ºF.
  3. Drizzle each broccoli floret with about 1 Tbsp of olive oil each, then rub oil all over floret. Grill for 10-15 minutes, rotating to cook evenly. Broccoli should be charred and beginning to soften, but still retain a chew.
  4. In a large bow, combine the rest of the ingredients and crumbled bacon. Mix until well-combined. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

Charred Broccoli Salad

Chardonnay (Oaked)

American Pale Ale

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