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Broccoli Salad Recipe

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This broccoli salad recipe is a summer staple as it is loaded with broccoli, cheese, onion, bacon, almonds, and dried fruit that is then tossed in a tangy creamy dressing. It is super versatile and pairs great with every meal. 

Broccoli Salad Recipe

In our home, we love this broccoli salad recipe. It is the perfect spin on the classic broccoli salad but adds in even more flavor thanks to the mozzarella cheese, almonds, and a delicious dressing. You will fall in love with this better for you tangy dressing that is lower in calories without sacrificing the flavor. Make this ahead of time to serve at your next gathering. Pair it with our Instant Pot hamburgers for an easy meal everyone will love. 

broccoli salad recipe

What will I need to Make Broccoli Salad?

broccoli salad recipe

You will need the following ingredients:

  • Broccoli florets
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Mozzarella cheese 
  • Red onion
  • Bacon
  • Almonds
  • Dried blueberries
  • Golden raisins
  • Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt: I use the Greek God’s brand yogurt for this and it turns out amazing. But you can also substitute any other honey or vanilla flavored Greek yogurt. You can also substitute plain greek yogurt but you want to add about a Tablespoon of honey to balance the flavors. 
  • Olive oil mayonnaise
  • White wine vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Minced garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper

You will need the following supplies: 

  • Large serving or mixing bowl
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Measuring tools
  • Mixing tools
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

How to Make Broccoli Salad

  • Rinse the broccoli florets and slice the stems so that they are ¼ inch thin or smaller. Place them into a large serving bowl. 
  • To the broccoli add the celery, carrots, mozzarella cheese, red onion, bacon, almonds, dried berries, and golden raisins.

  • Mix all ingredients together gently. 

  • In a separate, small mixing bowl, whisk together the greek yogurt, mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. 

  • Pour the dressing over the broccoli salad and gently toss everything together to coat the salad. 

broccoli salad recipe
  • The salad can be served immediately or can be chilled for an hour or overnight until ready to serve. 
broccoli salad recipe

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • If you cannot find broccoli florets at the store you can use bagged florets or cut broccoli crowns down to florets. 
  • If you are looking for another cheese option try these flavors: cheddar, feta, or parmesan cheese. 
  • Swap out your red onion for a sweet onion if you want to change the flavor of your salad. 
  • While this salad calls for almonds, you can also use walnuts or pecans instead. 
  • If you aren’t a fan of blueberries you can omit them and add in any of the following alternatives: raisins, golden raisins, or cranberries. 
  • If you don’t have olive oil mayonnaise on hand you can also use regular mayonnaise. 
  • This salad makes a lot. Be sure to prepare it in a large bowl with plenty of mixing room. 
broccoli salad recipe

Storage

You will want to store your salad in the fridge in an airtight container. This will last about 5 days depending on the freshness of the produce

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Can I make broccoli salad ahead of time?

Yes! You can make this salad ahead of time. In fact, if you make it ahead of time and cover it and place it in the fridge it gives the salad time for the flavors to really mix together nicely. Prepare this the night before for the best flavor results. 

What are some alternative ways to make this salad?

There are so many ways to make this broccoli salad recipe. 

  • Omit the bacon for a vegetarian option. 

  • Add in your favorite vegetables, nuts, or cheese. 

  • Omit the dressing for a healthy alternative or serve it on the side. 

  • Add in sunflower seeds, craisins, or grapes for added flavor. 
broccoli salad recipe

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This broccoli salad recipe is a summer staple as it is loaded with broccoli, cheese, onion, bacon, almonds, and dried fruit that is then tossed in a tangy creamy dressing. It is super versatile and pairs great with every meal.

Ingredients

  • Salad:
  • 5 cups broccoli florets (~ 1 large or 2 small crowns)
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • ¾ cup carrots, shredded
  • ¾ cup mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • ½ cup red onion, finely diced
  • ⅓ cup bacon, cooked and crumbled (~ 3 strips)
  • ⅓ cup almonds, roasted and salted
  • ¼ cup dried blueberries
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • Dressing:
  • ½ cup honey vanilla greek yogurt
  • ½ cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Rinse the broccoli florets and slice the stems so that they are ¼ inch thin or smaller. Place them into a large serving bowl. 
  2. To the broccoli add the celery, carrots, mozzarella cheese, red onion, bacon, almonds, dried berries, and golden raisins.
  3. Mix all ingredients together gently. 
  4. In a separate, small mixing bowl, whisk together the greek yogurt, mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. 
  5. Pour the dressing over the broccoli salad and gently toss everything together to coat the salad. 
  6. The salad can be served immediately or can be chilled for an hour or overnight until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 445Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 747mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 8gSugar: 39gProtein: 16g

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