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Broccoli Salad

This delicious broccoli salad is a combination of broccoli, bacon, red onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds and goat cheese. And it’s topped with a creamy mayonnaise yogurt dressing. So easy and delicious!

This delicious broccoli salad is a combination of broccoli, bacon, red onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds and goat cheese. It's an easy, healthy broccoli salad recipe.

If ever there was a salad recipe that unexpectedly knocked my socks off, it’s this one – an easy, unassuming, broccoli salad. But don’t let easy fool you, because this salad recipe is loaded with flavor. It’s simultaneously crispy, creamy, sweet and savory. And did I mention bacon is involved?

When it comes to salad recipes most of us gravitate towards leafy greens. And I’ll be the first to admit that spinach is my salad green of choice. So when you’re looking for a little salad shakeup and want something that’s perfect for potlucks, picnics and barbecues (because it’s durable), give this broccoli salad a whirl.

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What goes into a broccoli salad?

The great thing about a broccoli salad recipe is how easy it is to customize. Raw broccoli forms the bulk of this salad and bacon, dried fruit, cheese and seeds are usually involved. But you can tweak each of those to your personal dietary preference. Here’s what is included in my broccoli salad:

  • Broccoli
  • Bacon
  • Red Onion
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Goat Cheese

So if you’d like to use raisins instead of dried cranberries or slivered almonds instead of sunflower seeds, go for it. I’ve included goat cheese instead of cheddar cheese as I prefer it in salads and I think it adds amazing creaminess. But you could also make this salad dairy-free.

This delicious broccoli salad is a combination of broccoli, bacon, red onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds and goat cheese. It's an easy, healthy broccoli salad recipe.

This delicious broccoli salad is a combination of broccoli, bacon, red onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds and goat cheese. It's an easy, healthy broccoli salad recipe.

What kind of dressing goes on a broccoli salad?

The typical dressing for a broccoli salad is a creamy, mayonnaise-based dressing. I don’t add any extra sugar to my dressing, but I do up the creaminess by adding a little homemade yogurt to the dressing. It adds just the right sweetness and tang. And of course, I use my homemade mayonnaise as the starting point.

Can you make this broccoli salad dairy-free?

Absolutely. You can omit the goat cheese or use a dairy-free cheese and swap in dairy-free yogurt in the dressing. It’ll still be delicious!

This delicious broccoli salad is a combination of broccoli, bacon, red onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds and goat cheese. It's an easy, healthy broccoli salad recipe.

This delicious broccoli salad is a combination of broccoli, bacon, red onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds and goat cheese. It's an easy, healthy broccoli salad recipe.

How to make this broccoli salad

The only thing that requires cooking in this salad is the bacon. So cook the bacon in the oven (it’s way easier) and when that’s done, blot it dry with a paper towel.

While the bacon is cooking, slice the florets off a large head of broccoli and add them to a mixing bowl. Dice up some red onion and add that to the bowl along with the sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and goat cheese. Once the bacon is cooked and cooled, crumble that in the bowl and mix it all together.

In a separate small bowl make the dressing by stirring together the mayonnaise and yogurt. Then add that to the salad and stir everything together for the most delicious, flavorful, highly addictive, healthy broccoli salad recipe.

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This delicious broccoli salad is a combination of broccoli, bacon, red onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds and goat cheese. It's an easy, healthy broccoli salad recipe.

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Broccoli Salad

This delicious broccoli salad is incredibly easy to make. It’s healthy, loaded with flavor and topped with a creamy mayonnaise yogurt dressing. Watch the video above to see how quickly it comes together!

Ingredients

Broccoli Salad

  • 1 large head of broccoli (approx 5 cups of florets)
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled

Broccoli Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Add the bacon slices to a parchment lined baking tray and cook for 15 minutes or until crispy. Remove the bacon from the oven and transfer to a paper towel to dry and cool.
  2. While the bacon is cooking, slice off all the broccoli florets and make sure they’re in bite-sized pieces. Add them to a large mixing bowl along with the red onion, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and goat cheese.
  3. To make the dressing, add the mayonnaise and yogurt to a small bowl and stir together. Add the dressing to the mixing bowl and stir until everything is well combined.

Lisa's Tips

  • Make sure you’ve sliced the broccoli florets into small, bite-sized pieces. It makes it far easier to eat that way.
  • If you’re wondering what to do with the broccoli stem, spiralize it! Yes, you can totally spiralize a broccoli stem, just as you would a zucchini. It’s delicious! And while I don’t show you how to spiralize a broccoli stem on my Spiralizer Beginner’s Guide video, you can still get a little inspiration from the video.
  • If you’ve never cooked bacon in the oven before, make sure to read my recipe post and watch my video. Whenever I’m cooking a whole package of bacon it’s definitely my favorite method.
  • I also have recipes for homemade mayonnaise and homemade yogurt, but of course, you can buy these from the store as well.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 376.7
  • Total Fat: 28.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.8g
  • Cholesterol: 30.8mg
  • Sodium: 328.6mg
  • Carbohydrates: 22.2g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Protein: 12.4g
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38 comments on “Broccoli Salad”

  1. I made this salad for potluck lunch at work today and everyone loved it! I love your recipes and videos. And please make more food prep videos. The best food prep ever😍

    Rating: 5
  2. Can I give it 6 stars? :) Made this last night and it was soo good, thanks Lisa. I did blanch the broccoli though, just so it’ll be a bit nicer on my gut. I’ll definitely add this to the list of meal prep ideas for hubby’s lunch. YUM!

    Rating: 5
  3. Loved this recipe – and so did my family! I fried the onions so that my children would eat them and would try more yoghurt and less mayo into the sauce next time. But this was delish!

    Rating: 4
  4. I subscribed to your YouTube channel and then found your website and I’m glad o have because this salad is delicious!! I’ve made it for quite a few people now and the next day they’ve all asked for the recipe. Such a good mix of crunch, sweetness and it keeps well in the fridge. Thank you!!

    Rating: 5
  5. This recipe showed up at a great time for me. I recently visited home (USA) and had an awesome broccoli salad. With that still fresh in my memory, your video popped up in my feed. As even a better bonus, I was just looking for quick, easy recipes for one of my health coaching clients that needs more greens in her diet. Her two year old can’t get enough of broccoli so I have also recommended it to her. Thanks so much, I enjoy all your videos.

    Rating: 5
  6. This was delish. Ate it for lunch five days in a row. It kept just fine in the fridge.

    Rating: 5
  7. This isn’t quite vegetarian now, is it?

  8. Love, Love, Love your recipes! Did I mention, Love?! ;)…and so does hubby!! Lettuce wraps and spring rolls, our faves, so far!For the broccoli salad, I used 2/3 cup cashew yogurt and only 1/4 cup mayo…delish! :))

    Rating: 5
  9. O-M-G!  So many different flavours attacking my tastebuds – in a nice way.  Beautiful!!!  Definitely going to be making this more often, I can just imagine living off sweet potato egg for breakfast, this for lunch, salmon frittatas for tea along with chia seed pudding every day.  Awesome!!

    Rating: 5
  10. This salad is so good! I wanted to eat the whole bowl myself and not serve it for Father’s Day. I was leery of the raw onions but trusted Lisa because I have always liked her recipes.

    Rating: 5
  11. I love this salad! It is such a great alternative to green, leafy salads and takes less active prep time. It is also very hearty and satisfying. I added shredded Brussels sprouts and did a combo of sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, and pumpkin seeds. Thank you for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  12. That looks like one tasty salad. I never add broccoli to salad and now I am thinking why not? I will skip the bacon when I try this however as I am veggie. It’s still going to be one tasty salad..

    Rating: 5
  13. I simply love broccoli and it’s definitely one of my favorite vegetables in the world. This salad looks so healthy, colorful and delicious I simply have to try it soon! Perfect for a light dinner!

    Rating: 5
  14. Love this! My husband loves broccoli and I”m slowly learning to eat it. I started with broccoli slaw. I still can’t stand it steamed. But this recipe looks good enough to make me want to see if I can eat larger bits. 

    Rating: 5
  15. What a wholesome and delicious salad!! I literally love every ingredient here!! What a combination of great textures too!! Love it

    Rating: 5
  16. Having a Father’s Day cook out Sunday, would like to make this- guests don’t eat pork, please suggest substitute for the bacon?

  17. I can’t wait to try this. I make a broccoli salad but yours is definitely a healthier version so I’m very happy that I’ll be able to have it again – just couldn’t justify it anymore with the sugar that was in the original recipe. Thanks Lisa!

    Rating: 5
  18. Definitely having that on Monday.  We are away this weekend, it has everything Inlove eating.  I tend to slice up the stems the following day for stir fry.  Will definitely spiralise it.

    Rating: 5