If you are in the mood for a big bowl of delicious nutrition-packed vegetables, this broccoli salad recipe is for you.
Broccoli salad is an ideal combination of all flavors: savory, sweet, and creamy. Blanched broccoli florets, bacon, and nuts of your choice make the dish sound phenomenal, but the real star is the creamy and tangy dressing. It’s the perfect finishing touch for this salad, making it complete.
This summer – broccoli salad recipe – is a side dish you won’t be able to get enough of!
Is This Salad Healthy?
First, know your salad.
Broccoli, as well as other cruciferous crops, always earns the top spot in the hall of fame when it comes to powerhouse vegetables for having an impressive nutritional profile. This vegetable contains vitamins, minerals, fiber, carotenoids, many kinds of phytonutrients and a compound called sulforaphane.
Well, I won’t bore you with a lengthy lecture on how exactly those nutrients affect our health, but I will give you a little glimpse. This magical vegetable may improve your resistance against cancer and inflammation, while protecting your heart, improving your bone health, and bettering your eyes, amongst other things.
The dressing for this broccoli salad recipe is super easy to make: Greek yogurt, sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Pour over this awesomeness and toss everything together.
Greek yogurt: you can use mayonnaise instead, but just use enough to make the salad creamy, you don’t want to only taste mayo.
Lemon juice: provides a pleasant tang and fresh citrus note to the dressing.
Sugar: we need a little sweetness to balance out the lemon juice.
Salt: let’s finish the flavor with a touch of salt.
Tips for Making
Make sure that you cut the broccoli florets small and each a similar size. This allows the broccoli to soften a little while marinating in the dressing.
Most of the time, broccoli salad is made using raw florets, but we prefer blanching it. Just one minute blanching the florets and immediately transferring them to a bowl of ice water will make a huge difference in the texture and flavor of the broccoli.
This “blanch and shock” method always makes vegetables more tender and palatable while still retaining nutrients and color.
If possible, the broccoli salad needs to sit at least an hour before serving. This amount of time helps the flavor develop and your salad to become even more delicious.
Add the nuts only just before serving. Otherwise, they will lose their pleasant crunchiness.
The best part of this salad is that the longer it sits, the better it will be. An hour is a good amount of time to help the flavors meld together. The broccoli will begin to absorb the dressing, becoming a bit tender but still crunchy.
Cover your broccoli salad bowl with plastic wrap, and let it sit in the fridge for one to a few hours before serving.
How Many Calories
There are 243 calories in each serving of this broccoli salad recipe. The majority of the calories come from the nuts and bacon.
How Long Does It Last in the Fridge?
Broccoli salad will last for about 3 days in the fridge. The tip to keeping it fresh tasting is to store the veg and dressing separately in the fridge. Then mix them well before you serve it.
If you have leftover mixed salad, don’t worry. Just cover the bowl with plastic wrap (or use the lid if it has one) and your salad can last for 1-2 days.
However, after a day, it can get a little soggy at the bottom of the bowl, and you’ll need to mix it well before eating for the best flavor.
What To Serve with
This broccoli salad recipe can be served anytime; from a daily meal to a backyard BBQ, everything tastes amazing when paired with this fresh summer salad. It’s crunchy, creamy, and is a great way to consume more greens.
It pairs well with almost any main dish, especially steak, chicken, and fish.If you are looking for other healthy summer salads, our shrimp salad recipe could be a nice option.
You can never go wrong with this healthy broccoli salad recipe on a warm day! Florets are blanched briefly to soften a bit while still preserving their crisp and fresh taste. Tossed with bacon, your favorite nuts and drizzled with dressing, this salad is simply irresistible!
Bring a pot of water to the boil. While you wait, cut the broccoli into florets. Add 8 oz broccoli florets into the boiling water and cook for 1 minute.
Remove and immediately soak the broccoli florets in the ice water until cool. Drain them well.
In a small bowl, mix together 4 tbsp yogurt, 1 tbsp sugar, 1/8 tsp salt and 4 tsp lemon juice. Stir well until smooth.
In a large bowl, add broccoli florets, 2 oz red onion, 1 oz bacon, 1 oz dried cranberries, and all the nuts (1 oz sliced almond, 1 oz cashew, 1 oz walnuts). Drizzle the dressing over the broccoli combination and toss all the ingredients.
Let the salad cool (I like to let it sit in the fridge for an hour but this is not necessary) and serve.
Healthy Broccoli Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 243Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Vitamin A 353IU
Vitamin C 54mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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How much mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar? Do you still put in yogurt?
Can frozen florets be used?
We think freezing the salad has a high chance of compromising with the crunchy texture that makes the salad itself delicious. You can keep it in the fridge section, which should last for 4 days.
Hi Karen, you can find details on our website Healthykitchen101.com. And for the mayonnaise, we did use mayonnaise in the old recipe, but recently we’ve developed the new one and used Greek yogurt instead (to get a healthier broccoli salad version). Greek yogurt goes so well with other ingredients in this recipe, you can give it a try some time.