Bacon Broccoli Charred Salad

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This keto and paleo friendly Bacon and Broccoli Charred Salad is a delicious, colorful side dish that is perfect alongside any of your favorite main dishes!

picture of a white plate with broccolini, bacon, and cherry tomatoes on it.

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Quick and Easy Bacon Broccolini Charred Salad

While most people know broccoli and make it often, I have started to love making broccoli’s slightly more posh cousin – broccolini! Broccolini has become fashionable and trendy in many restaurants and is much more widely available than ever before thanks to its popularity.

It is a delicious alternative to broccoli, whose smoky and rich flavor is only magnified when slightly charred and paired with crispy, thick cut bacon in this bright and easy Charred Bacon and Broccolini Salad side dish!

broccolini, cherry tomatoes, and bacon up close on a white plate.

How to make Bacon Broccolini Charred Salad

First assemble the following ingredients:

  • Bacon – bacon is high in fat and flavor, I like to used smoked peppered bacon for an extra hit of spice.
  • Broccolini – broccolini are like the cousin of traditional broccoli, they have longer stems and more body. you can substitute traditionally broccoli if you want.
  • Cherry tomatoes – cherry tomatoes are a great way to add a sweet fresh bite and they are especially delicious when charred.
  • Garlic – garlic has a strong pungent flavor and compliments the cherry tomatoes and broccolini well.
  • Sea salt and Black pepper – this dynamic duo are important for seasoning this charred salad.

Once you have assembled the ingredients use the following method

Sauté. Cut the bacon and cook it in a large skillet until it just starts to brown. Add the broccolini and cook until it has softened stirring occasionally.

Add the extras. Once the broccolini has started to char on the ends add the cherry tomatoes, garlic, sea salt, and pepper. Cook until tomatoes start to pop, and garlic is fragrant.

Serve. Enjoy this hot alongside your favorite main dish, see our suggestions below.

picture of a white plate with broccolini, bacon, and cherry tomatoes on it.

Tips and Tricks for perfect Bacon Broccolini Charred Salad

Swap broccolini for broccoli. Broccolini is a meatier alternative to broccoli – and a little bit fancier than the shorter, squattier cousin. You can swap them for broccoli if you prefer.

Spice it up. You can turn the heat up on this side by adding a few pinches of red pepper flake to taste.


How do I store leftovers?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Can I substitute traditional tomatoes for the cherry tomatoes?

Yes, make sure you cut them down to a cherry tomato size and don’t cook too long since you don’t want a tomato sauce.

What to enjoy with your Bacon Broccolini Charred Salad

I love to enjoy this salad solo but it is especially enjoyable with these favorites.

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Bacon Broccolini Charred Salad

Bacon Broccolini Charred Salad

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Enjoy this delicious side salad with almost any main dish!


  • 6 slices bacon, thick cut
  • 2 lbs broccolini
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper


  1. Cut bacon into small bits, about 1/4".
  2. Add bacon to pan and cook on medium high until lightly browned (do not cook all the way to crisp).
  3. Add broccolini and let soften, stirring only occasionally.
  4. Let broccolini slightly char on al sides (the tips will brown slightly- this gives an amazing rich and smoky flavor.)
  5. Add cherry tomatoes, garlic, sea salt, and pepper and cook until cherry tomatoes begin to pop and char.
  6. Serve hot alongside your favorite main dish!
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 113Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 12mgSodium 636mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 5gSugar 3gProtein 8g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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  1. Just curious, this looks delicious. For health reasons I cannot have bacon, what would you suggest substituting the bacon with?