Best Broccoli Salad Recipe

If you want a salad recipe that's as delicious as it is nutritious (or vice-versa, as healthy as it is tasty, depending on where your primary interests lie) you have found it with this one, courtesy of chef, recipe developer, and dietician Jaime Shelbert of Wholly Nourished. The salad takes broccoli, one of the healthiest veggies out there, and adds an immensity of flavor thanks to a beautiful blend of healthy ingredients — and yes, there's even some turkey bacon in there.

"Broccoli salad is a side dish that tends to be popular at summer potlucks and barbecues," Shelbert says. "Since this is a popular barbecue side dish it can be served alongside burgers, grilled chicken, and the like." But, of course, it will also be welcome on the table in any season beside other eats. You could even enjoy this salad on its own, or over some cooked barley, brown rice, or another staple grain to make a complete meal.

Don't be afraid to dive in here, even if you're an amateur chef, as Shelbert says there are "no real mistakes to [watch for] in this easy, straightforward recipe."

Gather your ingredients for broccoli salad

As shown here, this recipe calls for turkey bacon, chopped small, Greek yogurt (2% or full fat), rice vinegar, water, honey, salt, pepper, garlic powder, about 5 cups of broccoli florets (which is about 1 pound of broccoli or two medium heads), diced red onion, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries (or raisins).

"This is a fun one to change up according to preferences," Shelbert notes. "You can add cheddar cheese, you can sub out the sunflower seeds for pumpkin seeds or almonds, or the cranberries for raisins. It also traditionally uses mayonnaise in the dressing but I used Greek yogurt here."

Cook the bacon and prep the broccoli

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the chopped bacon, allow it to cook, and stir often. Meanwhile, if you haven't already, rinse and chop the broccoli into bite-sized pieces, then set aside. Cook the bacon until it is crispy, then take the pan off of the heat, remove the cooked pieces from it, and set them aside.

Prepare the dressing, then coat the broccoli

Once you finish up with the bacon, you can focus on making the dressing. Add the yogurt, vinegar, water, honey, salt, pepper, and garlic to a small bowl, and whisk until these ingredients are all well combined. Next, add the broccoli to a large bowl, then add the dressing and mix to coat and combine it.

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix

To the bowl with the dressed broccoli, add the onion, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and bacon, and mix to combine all of these. You can now either serve the salad immediately or cover and chill it for two hours before serving, to let the flavors meld. And if you have extra, Shelbert says, "This salad keeps in the fridge in an airtight container for up to four days." Healthy with the perfect hit of flavor — this broccoli salad really does have it all!

Best Broccoli Salad Recipe
5 from 40 ratings
This broccoli salad is loaded with healthy vegetables, along with some savory turkey bacon and an irresistibly tangy dressing.
Prep Time
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broccoli salad in a bowl
Total time: 28 minutes
  • 3 slices turkey bacon, chopped small
  • 1 (5 ounces) container Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • ⅓ cup red onion, diced
  • ⅓ cup sunflower seeds
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the chopped bacon. Cook until crispy, then remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, make the dressing by adding the yogurt, vinegar, water, honey, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to a small bowl, then whisking until they are combined.
  3. Add the broccoli to a large bowl, then add the dressing and mix to combine.
  4. Add the onion, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and bacon to the broccoli and mix to combine.
  5. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 2 hours before serving to let the flavors meld.
Calories per Serving 101
Total Fat 3.9 g
Saturated Fat 1.2 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 8.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 13.9 g
Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
Total Sugars 8.5 g
Sodium 189.2 mg
Protein 5.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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