Broccoli Salad

Originally published 6/3/13. Updated with new photos and information 4/10/18.

Broccoli Salad is an easy side dish or light lunch or dinner that’s made with broccoli, dried cranberries, bacon, and lots of other yummy ingredients!

Broccoli salad in an orange and tan dish on a piece of brown paper

 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.

Broccoli bacon cranberries carrots and other broccoli salad ingredients and dressing

Still, I liked the idea of making a coleslaw-like side salad with broccoli. I just wanted to make a lighter, tastier version that let the flavor of the ingredients come through.

Broccoli salad and dressing stirred together in a bowl

What makes this broccoli salad different?

  • I do a few things differently with this salad. I added more veggies – carrots and celery – to give it even more crunch.
  • I also use light mayonnaise (olive oil mayonnaise works well) 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. This way you still get plenty of creamy dressing, but it doesn’t taste like you’re just eating mayo.
  • I use just enough sugar to make the dressing sweet without it being overly sugary.
  • I also use craisins (dried cranberries) rather than raisins. I like the sweet and tangy flavor that they bring to this salad.

Broccoli Salad Recipe

How long does broccoli salad last in the fridge?

It’s best the first 2 days. After that the veggies begin to break down, and it’s just not as fresh or as good.

Broccoli salad in an orange and tan bowl next to wooden bowls filled with craisins and sunflower seeds

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Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad is an easy side dish or light lunch or dinner that's made with broccoli, dried cranberries, bacon, and lots of other yummy ingredients!

Course Salad
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 179 kcal
Author i heart eating



  • 5 cups broccoli florets cut into small pieces
  • 1 ½ cups sliced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup 2% sharp cheddar cheese in small cubes
  • 3 strips bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds divided
  • 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries


  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2-4 tablespoons granulated sugar depending on desired sweetness (I use 3 T.)
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon 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.

Recipe Notes

*Nutrition values are estimates.

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 218mg 9%
Potassium 295mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 60.1%
Vitamin C 42.6%
Calcium 7.8%
Iron 5.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Broccoli Salad recipe is an easy, healthy side dish or light lunch or dinner that's made with broccoli, dried cranberries, bacon, and lots of other yummy ingredients! Includes directions for homemade broccoli salad dressing.
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  • Reply
    April 11, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Great recipe! I’ve been making it for years. The flavors are fantastic, and I like that the dressing isn’t just mayonnaise.

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      April 11, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Thank you! Glad you liked it! Thanks for taking the time to come back and comment!

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    February 25, 2014 at 7:25 am

    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!

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      February 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      I’m glad that you and your family enjoyed the salad! =)

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks
    June 13, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Yum yum. This looks good, Kate! :)

    • Reply
      June 14, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      Thanks so much, Julie!! =)

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    [email protected] Cooking with Curls
    June 12, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I have never had broccoli salad before, but yours looks delicious! I’ll try just about anything with bacon in it :)

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    Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen
    June 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    I’ll admit I never liked broccoli salad, but this combination of flavors is making me rethink. Cheese, Bacon, sunflower seeds.. yum!

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      June 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks! Well, I hope you enjoy this version if you try it! =)

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    June 12, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I love broccoli! Yummy in my tummy! Stopping by from Wednesday Whatsits.

    • Reply
      June 12, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by!! =)

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    Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
    June 11, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    I’ll admit I have never had broccoli salad with cubes of cheese, but hey, cheese makes everything better right? Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #16!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

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      June 12, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Yup! That’s practically the motto around my house. =)

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    [email protected]
    June 7, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I do love a broccoli salad! This sounds so delicious :)

    • Reply
      June 7, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks so much!! =)

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    Don Hedger
    June 7, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    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.

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      June 7, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      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! =)

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    Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry
    June 7, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Perfect healthy summer salad – looks full of flavour and very colourful.

    • Reply
      June 7, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks!! =)

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    Purabi Naha
    June 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I am really impressed by the yummilicious picture….I think, I can eat this salad with broccoli the whole day and day after day….

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      June 5, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Thanks so much!! =)

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    June 3, 2013 at 9:42 am

    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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      June 4, 2013 at 1:17 am

      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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    Happy Valley Chow
    June 3, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Oh wow that salad looks incredible! Perfect side for a summer party :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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      June 4, 2013 at 1:16 am

      Thanks! =)

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    [email protected]
    June 3, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I love broccoli salad as a side dish during the summer months, especially. It’s so fresh and crunchy! Yours looks just delicious!

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      June 4, 2013 at 1:16 am

      Thanks so much!! =)

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