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Delicious Clean Eating Broccoli Salad

Updated on January 1, 2019
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Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

5 stars from 2 ratings of The Best Ever Broccoli Salad

I love this recipe! Steamed, fried, and even grilled broccoli sides are usually a little heavy with a meal, and end up either not being fully eaten or not enjoyed as much as possible. Short of pouring melted cheese over the top, most families find it difficult to get everyone to eat broccoli around the house. Steaming, frying, and even grilling typically robs the broccoli of most it's natural nutrients anyway.

I offer you an easy and healthy way to prepare broccoli so that your family will not only eat their veggies but will lick their plates clean. This has been one of my favorite potluck recipes because everyone loves it. I know I do! In fact, this is such a popular dish that there's always a request for someone to bring it to every get together. And it's extremely addictive!

Broccoli is naturally very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It is also a good source of protein, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, potassium and manganese.

Look at all your family is missing out on not having a broccoli in their diets. This light, yummy salad will delight your family and you'll be getting requests to make this over and over. Imagine having a way to serve delicious veggies to your family, when not only will they not complain, but they will ask for seconds and even thirds.

Give this yummy recipe a try, and you can thank me later. Let me show you how I did it!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves about 6 people


  • 2-3 heads broccoli
  • 4 slices nitrate-free bacon, cooked, cooled, crumbled
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels, roasted
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup organic mayonnaise, or make your own!
  • 1/2 cup bacon vinaigrette dressing, canyon foods is a great brand


  1. Combine the mayonnaise and the bacon vinaigrette dressing in a medium serving bowl.
  2. Chop broccoli, bacon, small red onion, cheddar cheese, and sunflower seeds in a food processor until small.
  3. As each is chopped, add to the medium serving bowl with dressing. Mix everything together well.
  4. If time allows, chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 23
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Carbohydrates 3 g1%
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 17 mg6%
Sodium 250 mg10%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

The food processor really makes this dish. (Here's the one I use!) While it's already delicious by itself, and technically you could chop everything up and mix it all together yourself, I would prefer not to have huge crunchy chunks in my mouth with every bite. By processing it down, you get delicious bits of broccoli and bacon in every single bite. It makes this dish just perfect; light, flavorful, with a sweet and spicy kick. And it's much easier on your arms as well.

Vegetables are pretty popular with my family, although it's taking a while for my husband to love them. This delicious side dish makes veggies a little easier to handle for just about any palette, for those of you with picky eaters like my husband. The bacon, sunflower seeds and onions kind of make you forget that it's a broccoli salad altogether, and just want to enjoy another delicious spoonful.

You can easily make it yours by adding raisins, chopped apples, dried cranberries, or other fruit. Consider tossing in some chopped up pecans or walnuts too for a little extra flavor and some added protein. I promise, you will absolutely love this dish! If you don't particularly like broccoli, this one might even change your mind.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, or that you at least make it a regular part of your party menu. I'd love to hear how it turns out for you. Enjoy!

© 2013 Victoria Van Ness


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