This Broccoli Salad is a quick and easy summer salad that is loaded with veggies, bacon, raisins, and sunflower seeds. The creamy homemade dressing adds a delicious flavor.
Despite all the sugar and treats you see here, we usually eat lean and green meals for dinner.
This Veggie Salad is a staple in our fridge during the summer months. Actually, to be honest we eat that veggie salad all year long. Our kids love it with pasta added to it, and we add it to a spring mix along with some grilled chicken for a full meal.
A couple months ago we had a picnic with some of our family, and my mother-in-law brought a big bowl of easy broccoli salad with bacon. Most of the time I cannot stand eating raw broccoli, but for some reason I absolutely love it this way.
It has been years since I had eaten this salad, and I had forgotten how much I love it. I even went back for seconds of salad instead of dessert. Can you believe that?
I came home and made a big bowl of the simple broccoli salad for us to eat all week too. I just had to recreate it based on what I remembered from the picnic. Since I didn’t have the recipe, I had to guess what was in the dressing.
I decided to use the dressing from this Cranberry Zucchini Slaw as my starting point. Since I’m not a fan of lots of dressing coating the veggies, I kept it to a minimum. If you like more, double the dressing ingredients.
We had a few extra apples leftover from making Biscoff Apple Muffins, so I added some chopped apples and transformed it into a broccoli apple salad. I love that they added a crunch and sweetness to the other ingredients.
I love how easy this salad is to make. If you don’t like something, leave it out or substitute something else. Well, except the broccoli. It is a broccoli salad, so you kind of have to keep that ingredient!
How to make Broccoli Salad:
- Rinse the broccoli in water, then cut it into bite sized pieces.
- Combine the broccoli, cheese, raisins, sunflower seeds, and cooked bacon in a large bowl.
- Whisk together yogurt, mayo, vinegar, and sugar. Pour over the veggies and toss.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate for at least one hour for the flavors to come together.
Just think…if you eat a big bowl of this healthy salad for dinner, then you could totally eat two desserts later. Right?
Other healthy salad recipes you may like:
- Healthy Pizza Zucchini Salad
- Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad
- Everything Tuna Salad
- Spinach Chicken Caprese Salad
- Taco Salad Bowls
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For the Salad
- 8 cups chopped fresh broccoli
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup raisins
- 2 cups diced apples
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup crumbled cooked bacon
For the Dressing
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Combine the broccoli, cheese, raisins, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
- Whisk together the yogurt, mayo, apple cider vinegar, and sugar.
- Pour over the ingredients in the bowl and stir well.
- Season to taste with the salt and pepper. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving to allow the ingredients time to blend.
- Stir the bacon in right before serving. Refrigerate leftovers in a sealed container.
*If you prefer more dressing on your broccoli salad, double the dressing ingredients.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 588mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 10g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate. If you need special diet advice, please see a registered dietician.