Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon, and Spiced Pecans




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Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon, and Spiced Pecans ~ don’t be surprised if everybody skips the main course altogether and heads straight for this salad!  This classic broccoli salad gets an extra burst of sweetness from fresh pineapple, and lots of crunch from bacon and chili rubbed pecans.

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Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon and Spiced Pecans ~ don't be surprised if everybody skips the main course altogether and heads straight for this salad! This classic broccoli salad gets an extra burst of sweetness from fresh pineapple, and lots of crunch from bacon and chili rubbed pecans.

This recipe starts out like any other, it’s got the standard cast of characters, and a creamy mayo dressing ~ but then it goes deliciously rogue.   Juicy chunks of pineapple, toasted pecans spiced with a smoky BBQ rub, and tons of bacon set it apart from the familiar potluck version.

Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon and Spiced Pecans ~ don't be surprised if everybody skips the main course altogether and heads straight for this salad! This classic broccoli salad gets an extra burst of sweetness from fresh pineapple, and lots of crunch from bacon and chili rubbed pecans.

Broccoli salads are a summer staple for good reason, they’re jam packed with goodies, and they have a fresh crunch that doesn’t quit.  I look for bright green broccoli, and I like to pry apart the little florets with the tip of my knife to preserve their shape.  The broccoli will retain its great crisp texture for days in the refrigerator.

TIP: Don’t toss the tender upper stems, I chop them up and add them into the salad ~ they’re healthy, crunchy, and delicious!

Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon and Spiced Pecans ~ don't be surprised if everybody skips the main course altogether and heads straight for this salad! This classic broccoli salad is chocked full of juicy fruit and crunchy nuts ~ and don't forget the bacon!

I love nuts in salads, and I love to spice them, but I don’t like it when they’re overly sweet like candy.  These nuts are toasted for flavor, then sauteed in a little butter and Signature SELECT™ Sweet Sweet & Smoky BBQ Rub spice mix, which provides the perfect balance to the pineapple and grapes in this broccoli salad.

The rub is a wonderful combination of smoky & spicy, with a touch of brown sugar.  I want to sprinkle it on everything ~ we tried it on popcorn and it was amazing!

Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon and Spiced Pecans ~ don't be surprised if everybody skips the main course altogether and heads straight for this salad! Toasted chili rubbed pecans give this broccoli salad a smoky flavor and a fabulous crunch!

I just toast the pecans in a dry skillet first to intensify their flavor and crunch, and then I add a knob of butter and the spice rub to the pan.  A few more minutes and they’re ready.  Try not to ‘taste test’ too many, you’re going to need them for the salad.

TIP: If you make your salad ahead of time, consider tossing in the nuts just before serving for best crunch.

Toasted pecans for Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon, and Spiced Pecans

I cooked up a whole pound of Signature Farms® Thick Cut Hickory Smoked Bacon for this salad.  If that sounds extravagant, remember that this is going to feed a crowd.

TIP: The easiest way to cook bacon is to line a baking sheet with foil and lay out your bacon in a single layer.  Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes, or until it’s crisp.  The entire 1 pound package fits perfectly on one baking sheet.  For cleanup, just wrap up the foil and toss.

Thick Cut Hickory Smoked Bacon for Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon, and Spiced Pecans

Once all the ingredients are assembled, it’s ready to dress!

Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon and Spiced Pecans

The dressing for this broccoli salad is straightforward…and then, maybe not so much!  I made it a couple of different ways, and here’s the scoop ~ first I blended Signature Kitchens® Mayonnaise Dressing with Extra Virgin Olive Oil with a pretty standard dose of Signature Kitchens White Wine Vinegar and Honey Mustard.  A dash of salt and it’s good to go.  Buuuuuuuuut, you can take it a step further and add, wait for it…..some reserved bacon grease.  A few tablespoons gives the dressing a real bacon-y boost.  The only caveat is that you need to keep it at room temperature, it will firm up when refrigerated.

I’ve learned over the years that the secret to a really great mayo based salad is using lots of dressing.  If you want to get rave reviews, don’t skimp

A mayo dressing enriched with bacon fat for Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon, and Spiced Pecans

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Ingredients for Broccoli Salad with Pineapple, Bacon, and Spiced Pecans

Broccoli Salad with Pineapple and Bacon
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Category: salad

Yield: serves approximately 8

Broccoli Salad with Pineapple and Bacon

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce package of Signature Farms Thick Cut Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • 1 cup raw pecan halves
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp Signature SELECT Sweet & Smoky BBQ Rub
  • 1 pound broccoli crowns, chopped into bite sized pieces, chop some of the stems, too!
  • 1 small red onion, cut in small dice
  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup halved red grapes
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese, cut in small cubes
    dressing
  • 1 cup Signature Kitchens Mayonnaise Dressing with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Signature Kitchens White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tsp Signature Kitchens Honey Mustard
  • optional: 3 Tbsp reserved bacon grease
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. set oven to 350F
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and arrange the bacon strips in a single layer. Cook for 25 minutes, or until crisp. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the fat, and set aside the bacon to drain on paper towels, then chop or crumble.
  3. Put the pecan halves in a skillet over medium heat and toast, stirring almost constantly, for about 5 minutes, or until they give off an aroma and start to turn brown. Add the butter and the spice rub and continue to cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Set aside to cool.
  4. Put the broccoli, red onion, pineapple, grapes, and cheese in a large bowl. Add the bacon and the nuts.
  5. Whisk the mayo, vinegar, and honey mustard together (along with the bacon fat if you are using.)
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Toss the salad with the dressing, you may not need all of it. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  8. Just before serving, toss the salad again, add more dressing if needed, and season with more salt and pepper if necessary.

Notes:

  • This is a great salad to make ahead of time, up to 24 hours in advance.
  • If you prefer a sweet dressing, add a tablespoon of sugar to the mayo.

 

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42 Comments

  • Reply
    Alene
    July 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    I don’t have a single one of those stores, so the sweet and smoky bbqe rub is unavailable to me. I am hoping that the taste can be duplicated in one of the brand name spice combinations. Or maybe I can wing it! This salad looks divine, and I have all the ingredients, except for the rub. I want to make it this weekend! Thank you for the delicious and gorgeous recipes!

    • Reply
      Sue
      July 5, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Hey Alene ~ if you look up ‘smoked spice rub’ you will find lots of recipes for homemade blends that you could use to spice up your pecans. Alternatively you could buy them already spiced, Trader Joes carries great ones. Thanks for the sweet comment :)

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    Anusha @ Drooling Foodies
    April 12, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Looks absolutely delicious. How many calories do you think a bowl of this broccoli salad would have?

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 14, 2018 at 8:40 am

      I don’t know the exact calorie count, Anusha, but you can plug the ingredients into an online fitness/nutrition app if you like.

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    Sarah Ozimek
    June 12, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Made this for a cookout over the weekend. It was a huge hit! Everyone loved the flavors! Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 12, 2017 at 8:16 am

      Yay Sarah! I love it when a recipe is a hit with friends, I’m glad you all enjoyed it :)

  • Reply
    Cheryl Kessler
    June 12, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Great salad, Sue! It was too hot to make bacon but I added some melted bacon grease to the dressing and it at least had the spirit and flavor of bacon. I used Trader Joe’s sweet and spice pecans (again, to hot to turn on the oven and were already in the pantry) and used muenster cheese instead of cheddar since that’s what I had on hand (I would definitely use cheddar next time). Finally, I whipped up some honey mustard using spicy yellow mustard and honey – really made the dressing wonderful. I will definitely make this salad again and, hopefully, next time I’ll be able to do it right to the recipe. ;-)

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 12, 2017 at 7:39 am

      Oh thanks so much Cheryl ~ and I love your hack for the honey mustard :)

  • Reply
    Alyssa
    June 11, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    This is so colorful and I am in love with this flavor combo!

  • Reply
    Heide M.
    June 11, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Will have to try this. Thanks for posting.

  • Reply
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    June 6, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Oh how I love salad season!! And funny enough – we recently made a big batch of salad with bacon in it!

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