FREE 28-Day Clean Keto Guide here

Broccoli Salad Recipe

DFGFMF
April 12, 2022 | Author: Ashley McCrary

A classic broccoli salad recipe that serves as a great side dish for your next BBQ, party or gathering. Made with simple ingredients such as broccoli, bacon, cranberries, toasted sunflower seeds, and a delicious homemade poppy seed dressing.  This salad packs a punch with flavor and crunch. This recipe is gluten-free and can be tailored to be dairy-free. 

Broccoli salad has always been one of my top favorite summer side dishes. My childhood consisted of lots of family BBQs and this beautiful creamy salad was always on the picnic table. Now I’m keeping the tradition alive with my family. I make this salad for all my family gatherings or for family picnics. In addition, I also love my Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad and my Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad.

a close up photo of the creamy broccoli salad in a large serving bowl

Let’s Talk Ingredients!

  • Broccoli
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Cranberries
  • Bacon
  • Red Onion
  • Toasted Sunflower Seeds
  • Mayo
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Lemon Juice
  • Monk Fruit OR Sugar
  • Salt/Pepper

Ingredient Notes

Broccoli: Fresh heads of broccoli cut into florets with stems removed. No need to blanch, use it raw.

Dried Cranberries: Cranberries adds the perfect balance of sweet and tart to the recipe. You can also use raisins.

Bacon: For this healthy Cobb salad I like to use spring mix, but you can use whichever greens are your favorite.

Cheddar Cheese: This cheese adds a great mild nutty flavor that goes perfect with the sweetness of the dressing and cranberries.

Red Onion: I slice my onions into thin matchsticks, however, you can also dice them.

Toasted Sunflower Seeds: Adds the perfect salty crunch to the salad.

Creamy Poppyseed Dressing: This salad is the shining star in this recipe. It is the perfect balance of sweet, creamy and tart.

broccoli salad ingredients

How To Make Broccoli Salad

  • Toast Sunflower Seed: Add a small skillet over medium heat. Add in the sunflower seed and cook until warm and toasted. About 3 minutes. Make sure to keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn. 
  • Make The Dressing: In a medium bowl add the mayo, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, monk fruit (or sugar), salt, and pepper. Whisk together until smooth. Add in the poppy seeds and mix together until combined.
  • Assemble The Salad: In a large bowl, add the broccoli florets, cheddar cheese, craisins, toasted sunflower seeds, and cooked crumbled bacon. Pour the dressing over all of the ingredients and toss together with a wooden spoon until combined.  
  • Serve: Serve the salad immediately or for best results allow it to chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving.  

What Pairs With Broccoli Salad

When I think of this salad, I think of a warm spring or summer BBQ. However, you can use this simple and easy broccoli salad anytime throughout the year. Whether it be a BBQ or even a simple weeknight family meal, this salad is sure to hit the spot. Below are my favorite pairings.

  • BBQ: Think all things off straight the grill: Hot dogs, ribs, pork shoulder, and hamburgers.
  • Chicken: Grilled, baked, or roasted chicken.
  • Chicken Wings: Baked, grilled, or air-fried wings.
  • Fish: Salmon, trout, cod, or mahi-mahi.
a side shot  up photo the easy broccoli salad in a large serving bowl

Poppy Seed Salad Dressing:

The poppy seed dressing is the shining star in the recipe. It has the perfect balance of creamy, sweet, and tart. Not only is it absolutely delicious, but super simple to make. I use mayo as the base, but you could also use Greek yogurt. Then, I had lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, monk fruit or sugar,

Recipe Variations:

Lightened Up Version: If you are needing to lighten up this salad, simply swap Greek yogurt for the mayo. You can even remove the cheese if needed. I have had it without cheese before and it still tastes amazing.

Dairy-Free: Use either a vegan mayo or my homemade dairy-free mayo and swap out your favorite dairy-free cheese for the cheddar.

Vegan: Simply swap the regular mayo for vegan mayo and the cheddar for your favorite vegan cheddar cheese.

Low Carb/ Keto: To make this broccoli salad low carb, use mayo and not Greek yogurt, and also remove the cranberries.

a close up photo of the creamy broccoli salad in a large serving bowl

FAQs

Broccoli Salad Recipe: FAQs

Do I need to blanch the broccoli or serve it raw?

No need to waste time blanching the broccoli, feel free to make it with raw broccoli.

How should you cut the broccoli for this salad?

Use a sharp knife and cut the broccoli florets from the main stem into bite-sized pieces. I also remove the stems for this recipe.

What if I am dairy-free?

If you are dairy-free, feel free to sub the cheddar cheese with a dairy-free cheese of choice. My homemade mayo is also dairy-free, but if you are wanting to buy from the store buy a vegan mayo.

Is this recipe considered keto or low-carb friendly?

If you use monk fruit instead of sugar and remove the cranberries it would be considered low carb and keto. However, if you keep the recipe as is, then it is not low carb or keto.

Can leftovers be saved in the fridge?

For sure! As this salad sits, it gets better. I would be sure to remix before serving and add a few fresh sunflower seeds and more crispy bacon.

More Delicious Salads

Chicken Cobb Salad

Keto Bacon Ranch Salad

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Salad

Asian Chopped Salad

Steak Strawberry Salad

Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares icon

Easy Broccoli Salad


  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 810 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

A classic broccoli salad recipe that serves as a great side dish for your next BBQ, party, or gathering. Made with simple ingredients such as broccoli, bacon, cranberries, toasted sunflower seeds, and a delicious homemade poppy seed dressing.  This salad packs a punch with flavor and crunch. 


Scale

Ingredients

Salad

  • 2 1/2 heads, fresh broccoli, cut into florets ( around 6 1/2 cups)
  • 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese*
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds

Dressing

  • 1 cup mayo OR plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 
  • 3 tablespoons granulated Monk Fruit OR granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon lemon zests
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Toast Sunflower Seed: Add a small skillet over medium heat. Add in the sunflower seed and cook until warm and toasted. About 3 minutes. Make sure to keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn. 
  • Make The Dressing: In a medium bowl add the mayo, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, monk fruit (or sugar), salt, and pepper. Whisk together until smooth. Add in the poppy seeds and mix together until combined.
  • Assemble The Salad: In a large bowl, add the broccoli florets, cheddar cheese, craisins, toasted sunflower seeds, and cooked crumbled bacon. Pour the dressing over all of the ingredients and toss together with a wooden spoon until combined.  
  • Serve: Serve the salad immediately or for best results allow it to chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving.  

Notes

  • Homemade Mayo: Click here for my recipe
  • Dairy-Free: Use either a vegan mayo or my homemade dairy-free mayo and swap out your favorite dairy-free cheese for the cheddar.
  • Lighten It Up: Sub plain Greek yogurt for mayo
  • Sugar Substitutes: For the sweetener feel free to use honey, monk fruit, coconut sugar, or regular granulated sugar. 
  • Dairy-Free Options- Use dairy-free cheddar cheese 
  • Let It Sit- Allow it to sit in the fridge 1-2 hours before serving. As it sits, it gets better and better. 
  • Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 4-5 days. 
  • Nutrition Facts: nutrition facts are calculated using monk fruit and NOT sugar. 
  • Category: Salad, Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Broccoli Salad Recipe, Easy Broccoli Salad Recipe, Broccoli Salad Dressing

One thought on "Broccoli Salad Recipe"

  1. Ashley McCrary says:

    The perfect salad for a BBQ.


 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

About Me

Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

About Me

Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

instagram
Hope everyone had a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I was planning to take off posting today, but I found this gem and had to share. Vegan Vanilla Cake with Buttercream Frosting. 

If you are looking for a yummy vegan cake and buttercream, be sure to check out this recipe. It’s seriously incredible. 

Grab the full recipe over in the link in bio 
or at https://healthylittlepeach.com/vegan-vanilla-cake-with-buttercream-st-patricks-day/#tasty-recipes-22812
.
.
.
.
#vegan #veganrecipes #dairyfree #dairyfreerecipes #cakerecipe #cakedecorating #cake #vanillacake #buttercream #buttercreamicing #dessert #desserts #dessertsofinstagram #stpatricksday #stpattysday
The perfect cozy soup for this weekend. This Salsa Verde Chicken Soup is so easy to make and requires simple ingredients. Throw it in the crockpot, instant pot, or stovetop. 

Low Carb, Paleo, Whole30, and Dairy-Free

Click the link in my bio and tap the photo to be directed to the recipe. https://healthylittlepeach.com/salsa-verde-chicken-soup-keto-whole30/
.
.
.
#whole30 #whole30recipes #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #glutenfreefood #foodphotography #foodphoto #foodblogger #foodblog #dairyfree #dairyfreerecipes #keto #ketorecipe #paleo #paleorecipes #easyrecipes #soup #souprecipe #crockpotrecipes #lowcarb #familymeals #whatsonmyplate #imsomartha #thefeedfeed
Life is so easy with you!❤️ Happy Valentine’s Day, Sweet Thang.
✨Creamy Crab Dip✨ SAVE THIS RECIPE

This dip is the perfect appetizer for The Super Bowl this weekend. 

It’s Whole30, Keto, Paleo, Gluten & Dairy-Free!!

✨Crab Dip (Dairy-Free)✨

1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, picked and drained 
8 ounces dairy-free cream cheese Kite Hill (or regular cream cheese will work)
1/2 cup mayonnaise 
1 tbsp Franks hot sauce
1 tbsp. lemon juice
⅓ cup chopped onions
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp vegan butter (or regular if not DF)
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp onion powder
1 ½ tbsp nutritional yeast (or sub shredded cheese)
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp black pepper
2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
½ tsp ground mustard

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

✨Instructions✨

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter along with the minced garlic and onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
2. In a large bowl mix together the crab meat, dairy-free cream cheese, mayo, lemon juice, hot sauce, seasonings (except for nutritional yeast) along with the cooked onions and garlic. Mix together until combined.
3. Grease a 2-quart baking dish and add the crab mixture evenly. Sprinkle the top with nutritional yeast or you can sub cheese here.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy!
.
.
.
#superbowl #appetizers #appetizer #appetizerideas #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #crabdip #crab #healthyeating #healthyfoodideas #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #dairyfree #dairyfreerecipes #feedfeed #feedfeedglutenfree #whole30 
#whole30recipes #easyrecipes #whatsonmyplate
Needing a healthier Valentine’s Day dessert? Be sure to give this Keto Blueberry Cobbler a try. 

It is the perfect sweet treat without all the sugar. The filling consists of  fresh blueberries, all-natural sweeteners, lemon juice and xanthan gum and is topped with a nutty crumble and baked to perfection. Keto, Paleo, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free

➡️Grab the full recipe at healthylittlepeach.com or over in the link in bio 
.
.
.
.
#ketodessert #ketorecipes #keto #valentineday #dessert #healthydessert #healthyfood #healthyeating #healthylifestyle #healthyliving #paleorecipes #paleo #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #blueberrycobbler
✨Chicken Fajita Soup✨

This Creamy Chicken Fajita Soup is Mexican-inspired and is sure to hit the spot. It’s exploding with creamy flavor and just the right amount of kick. Throw it in the crockpot, instant pot, or stovetop. Perfect cozy meal the whole family will love. 

Low Carb, Paleo, Whole30, and Dairy-Free

➡️Google Healthy Little Peach Chicken Fajita Soup or grab the link in my bio

 https://healthylittlepeach.com/creamy-chicken-fajita-soup-low-carb-whole30/

.
.
.
.
#soup #souprecipe #soupseason #souplove #glutenfree #glutenfreerecipes #dairyfree #dairyfreerecipes #whole30 
#whole30recipes #whatsonmyplate #imsomartha #huffposttaste #f52grams #foodphotography #foodphotographer #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #healthydinner #easyrecipes
@healthylittlepeach