Broccoli salad made with fresh broccoli is the perfect side for dinner or bring it to your next potluck!
Broccoli salad has been on my mind lately! I think because it’s a million degrees and the thought of turning on the stove to make roasted broccoli sounds like an awful idea. Also because broccoli salad is deeeeelicious.
Broccoli salad ingredients
Broccoli – always use fresh broccoli for broccoli salad. I like to chop the florets small and slice the stems thinly. Don’t waste the stems, they’re great in this salad.
Carrots – super fine julienned carrots work perfectly. You want them to add a punch of color, but not an overbearing flavor.
Bacon – I like to warm the bacon up in the microwave right before adding it to the salad, so the flavor mixes throughout the broccoli salad better.
Dried cranberries – If you can find dried unsweetened cranberries, that’s ideal, otherwise Craisins or low sugar Craisins work well.
Sunflower seeds – sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds (pepitas) add the perfect amount of salty crunch.
Mayonnaise – I’m a huge fan of full fat mayo, but if you’re looking to lighten things up low fat mayo will suffice. Just don’t use Miracle Whip!
Honey – most broccoli salad recipes use sugar to sweeten the dressing, but I think honey tastes so much better. We only add a little bit, this isn’t dessert!
Dijon mustard – just enough to balance the sweetness of the honey. I prefer smooth dijon mustard for this recipe as opposed to the stone ground.
Soy sauce – whenever possible I like to use soy sauce in lieu of table salt because it adds the salt but also a delicious umami flavor as well.
Red onion – don’t skip this, I know a lot of folks don’t like onion, but you only need a little to round out the flavor of the broccoli salad nicely.
What kind of dressing goes on a broccoli salad?
Broccoli salad is traditionally dressed with a mayonnaise based dressing. Ours also uses dijon mustard for spice, soy sauce for some salty umami, and honey for a touch of sweetness.
Many broccoli salad dressings are loaded with sugar, but we prefer to sweeten our broccoli salad only slightly with just a touch of honey. And it’s delicious!
Can Broccoli Salad be made ahead of time?
Broccoli salad can be made ahead of time. Not only can it be made ahead of time, but I actually think it tastes better after the flavors have melded in the fridge overnight or at least for a few hours.
How many calories are in a cup of broccoli salad?
There are approximately 165 calories per 1 cup serving of this broccoli salad when using full fat mayonnaise and low sugar Craisins.
Is broccoli salad healthy?
Broccoli salad is very healthy. It is full of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Specifically, broccoli, which makes up the majority of this salad, is a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, vitamin B1, vitamin A, potassium and copper. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamin B1, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin and selenium. source
If you’re doing Weight Watchers and looking to make this broccoli salad lower in points, try using low fat mayonnaise and apples instead of dried raisins. As written the recipe is 8 points per serving, but with the modifications it’s only 2 points!
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How to make broccoli salad
- 10 cups fresh broccoli florets and stems small chopped
- 1 cup finely chopped carrots
- 2 tablespoons finely minced red onion
- 1/2 cup real bacon bits
- 1 cup dried unsweetened cranberries or low sugar Craisins
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
- In a large bowl combine broccoli, carrot, bacon, cranberries, and onion.
- In a smaller bowl whisk together mayonnaise, honey, mustard, and soy sauce.
- Pour dressing over ingredients in large bowl and toss well.
- Calories are calculated using full fat mayo and low sugar Craisins.
- Healthy alternatives: try using low fat or fat free mayonnaise, and apples instead of Craisins! This will bring it down to 2 Freestyle WW point per serving!
- 1 serving is about 1 cup, recipe yields approximately 12 cups.