Preheat oven to 400°F and line rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Add bacon strips and bake for 20 minutes or until crispy. After transfer bacon on double folded paper towel to drain.
Crumble or chop bacon, add to the salad bowl, stir and let broccoli salad sit. While you can serve broccoli salad right away, I prefer to let flavors "marry each other" in the fridge for about 30 minutes – 2 hours.