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Healthy Broccoli Salad Recipe

If you have been around my blog or my YouTube channel for awhile, you know I love salads. They are healthy (usually), delicious, and can be made in advance and eaten all week long for a quick dinner or easy lunch. My Broccoli Salad checks all these boxes!

Today I wanted to share how I typically make a broccoli salad. You would think something called Broccoli Salad would be inherently healthy, but that is not actually the case. Many recipes drench the broccoli in a high-fat dressing and then pile on the bacon and the cheese. If that's what is necessary to get your family to eat broccoli, go ahead and make it that way. However, if you are trying to keep things a little bit lighter, but still super delicious, try it my way.

Watch Me Make It

The Recipe

As always, these measurements are estimates.


2 broccoli heads, chopped

1/4 - 1/2 red onion, finely diced

1/3 C dried cranberries or cherries

1/4 - 1/2 C sunflower seeds and/or pepitas

3 TBSP white wine or white balsamic vinegar

2 TBSP olive oil

1/4 C plain Greek yogurt

1 TBSP honey

1 small garlic clove, minced

salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix up the dressing - combine vinegar, oil, yogurt, honey, salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, place the rest of the ingredients.

  3. Pour dressing over broccoli mixture and stir until well coated.

  4. Cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving.


  • Feel free to add more or less of any ingredient.

  • If you don't have honey, use a little white sugar or jam.

  • If you don't have greek yogurt, substitute sour cream.

  • I like to use white vinegar, but any vinegar will work, including apple cider vinegar.

  • If red onion is too strong, try shallots or scallions.

  • Short on broccoli? Chop up some cauliflower too!

The Salad Dressing

If you missed it, check out my BLOG or YOUTUBE video about my formula for making salad dressing. The dressing I use for this salad uses all 5 ingredient categories in my formula and it's delicious!

Serving Suggestions

-Fill the majority of your plate with Broccoli Salad, add a serving of grilled protein (shrimp, chicken, steak, tofu), a scoop of quinoa, and you have a full meal.

-Add chopped almonds, pistachios, and extra pepitas for a little more protein to make it a filling lunch or substantial potluck salad.

-While it will add more fat and calories (not always a bad thing), top it with chopped bacon (or 'Bacos') and shredded cheese.

-Replace craisins with raisins or fresh grapes.

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