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Broccoli Slaw With Cranberries and Bacon

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If you love crunchy broccoli salad, you are going to love this broccoli slaw. It has all of the flavors you love with a slightly sweet dressing, dried cranberries and bacon but in a lower prep and easier to eat form.

Bowl of broccoli slaw with shaved carrots, dried cranberries, and bacon in a creamy dressing.

Broccoli slaw is the perfect make ahead side dish. It has big flavor, takes very little time to put together and is actually better if it has had a chance to chill for a few hours.

That means there is no work when you are ready to get the rest of the meal on the table. It still has great crunch and a fun mix of flavors.

Ingredients including shaved broccoli and carrots, bacon, red onion, vinegar, miracle whip, and craisins, ready to be made into broccoli slaw

It is perfect served with grilled meat or even a holiday ham. Plus it is perfect for picnics and potlucks as well.

All Things Slaw

We have been loving making different variations of coleslaw lately. It all started with the classic creamy coleslaw.

It starts with a bag of prepared shredded cabbage and carrots and adds a creamy homemade coleslaw dressing. It is perfect served at fish fries, with BBQ or even as a sandwich topper.

If creamy coleslaw isn’t your style, maybe a vinegar based coleslaw is more your thing. I sized down a recipe from a family friend who makes it in bulk for local club fundraisers.

Dried cranberries, bacon and chopped red onion on top of bowl of broccoli slaw, ready to be mixed in.

We have even made a coleslaw dressing with condensed milk, because why not? It is actually a great way to make a great dressing and the rest of the can of condensed milk can be used to make a batch of easy cookies and cream fudge!

But slaw doesn’t have to be limited to to cabbage. Most grocery stores actually stock bags of broccoli slaw as well.

Instead of shredded cabbage, they shred the stalks of raw broccoli. It is a great way to reduce food waste and eat your veggies.

The Flavors in this Slaw

This version of broccoli slaw brings in the flavors of broccoli salad in an easier to make and eat format. I always love it when there is a bowl of broccoli salad at an event. t

There is just something about the mix of crunchy broccoli, sweet and tart cranberries, salty bacon, and a creamy dressing. It is really such a tasty flavor combination.

However, cutting the broccoli florets small enough takes a fair amount of time. If you rush and leave them too big, the salad is hard to eat gracefully.

So, I thought it would be fun to use broccoli slaw instead of fresh broccoli. It gets you the same flavor and crunch, but with quite a bit less work.

The dressing is super simple to put together too. Just add a little bit of Miracle Whip, or similar salad dressing spread, some vinegar and a tiny bit of sugar.

When you add the broccoli, it is going to seem like there isn’t quite enough dressing for everything. That is a common theme when making slaws.

As the salad chills, the vinegar and salt will draw some water out of the vegetables and wilt them down slightly. When you stir it again a couple of hours later, all of the sudden there is plenty of dressing to go around.

Great Additions for This Salad:

The recipe as written is sort of a base to get you started. There are so many great things you could add to make it your own.

I love blue cheese with bacon and dried cranberries. Add crumbled blue cheese adds creamy richness along with a bit of funk.

Serving bowl filled with broccoli slaw with bacon and cranberries, ready to eat.

If blue cheese isn’t your thing, try adding crumbled feta or even shredded cheddar. There are a lot of great cheese options that would be tasty in this broccoli slaw.

Alternatively, roasted sunflower seeds add salt and crunch. So would chopped pecans or slivered almonds.

The dressing as written is only mildly sweet. You can add an extra teaspoon or two of sugar if you like a sweeter dressing.

Dinner plate with mac and cheese, broccoli slaw and grilled venison backstrap.

If you are worried the red onion might be strong, try soaking it in the vinegar for a bit before stirring in the remaining ingredients. Or leave it out if you prefer.

Can you make your own shredded broccoli for slaw?

Of course! You can use the broccoli florets in something like yummy chicken alfredo, then grate the stalks for slaw. Using the large shredding blade on your food processer would make it super quick and easy to shred your own.

Bowl of broccoli slaw with shaved carrots, dried cranberries, and bacon in a creamy dressing.

Broccoli Slaw

Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Carlee
If you love crunchy broccoli salad, you are going to love this broccoli slaw. It has all of the flavors you love with a slightly sweet dressing, dried cranberries and bacon but in a lower prep and easier to eat form.
4.88 from 8 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • ¾ cup Miracle Whip or similar
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 24 oz. shredded broccoli or broccoli slaw mix
  • ½ cup crumbled bacon
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup finely diced red onion


  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the Miracle Whip, sugar, vinegar and salt.
    ¾ cup Miracle Whip or similar, 2 teaspoons granulated sugar, 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar, ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir to coat with the dressing.
    24 oz. shredded broccoli or broccoli slaw mix, ½ cup crumbled bacon, 1 cup dried cranberries, ¼ cup finely diced red onion
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour but for up to a day.
  • Stir again and adjust seasonings to taste before serving.


Taste the salad before serving and add more sugar, salt or salad dressing if you want before enjoying.
This salad is great with sunflower seeds or chopped pecans added. It's also great with cheese. Add whatever sounds good and make it your own.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 days.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 124kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 188mgFiber: 4gSugar: 17g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Andrea Nine

Friday 14th of April 2023

I love these kinds of salads. Especially in the Spring and Summer. Sounds so good!


Friday 14th of April 2023

Thank you!