Broccoli Salad

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The first time that I had a broccoli salad was when I was trying a little bit of everything from an all-you-can-eat buffet. It was tasty, but it was really sweet and really mayonnaise-y. Still, I liked the idea of making a coleslaw-like side salad with broccoli; I just wanted to make a healthier version.

So, I did a couple things differently with this salad. First, I added more veggies – carrots and celery – to give it even more crunch. Second, I used light mayonnaise and Greek yogurt in the dressing (I use Greek yogurt in almost everything because it’s such a great substitute for everything from butter to oil to mayonnaise to sour cream). I also used just enough sugar to make the dressing sweet and tangy without it being overly sugary.

Broccoli Salad
  • 5 c. broccoli florets, cut into small pieces
  • 1 ½ c. sliced carrots
  • 1 c. chopped celery
  • 1/2 c. 2% sharp cheddar cheese, in small cubes
  • 3 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 c. sunflower seeds, divided
  • 1/2 c. dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1/2 c. light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c. plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2-4 T. granulated sugar, depending on desired sweetness (I use 3 T.)
  • 1/4 c. cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
  1. In a large bowl, stir together vegetables, cheese, bacon, 3/4 cup sunflower seeds, and cranberries.
  2. Whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, sugar, vinegar, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl.
  3. Add dressing to salad, and toss to combine.
  4. Cover, and refrigerate until chilled.
  5. Serve cold, and top with remaining 1/4 cup sunflower seeds just before serving.

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  1. Barb says

    We are trying to eat healthier. My son and I aren’t big veggie eaters, so this in itself is proving to be a challenge…. I made this last night. I knew the hubby would like it. Cut the cheese into smaller cubes (soon doesn’t like cheese if it’s not melted and gooey :-(…). I think it had enough variety, crunchiness and sweetness. He ate all but a little which is good for him. Definitely a keeper! Thanks so much!

  2. Don Hedger says

    Your broccoli salad sounds interesting. I must try the cheddar in my next salad. I use water chestnuts, red onions and sweet red peppers with fat free miracle whip along with sunflower seeds and broccoli.

    • kateheartseating says

      Water chestnuts would be great! I thought about putting red peppers in, but I wasn’t sure about them. Next time I’ll have to try it with the red pepper and water chestnuts. Thanks for the tip! =)

  3. says

    Broccoli salad is hands-down my favorite side salad. But too often it is like what you described… overly sweet, mayonnaise-y (a total turn-off for this gal), and full of raisins (also a turn-off). I love your version! I’m giving it a go pronto!
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    • kateheartseating says

      I didn’t even know there was a raisin version! This is our fav side salad, so I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!! =)

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