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Healthy Broccoli Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

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Broccoli Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing is bursting with color and nutrients. Ten cups of broccoli, with handfuls of carrots, onion, cheddar cheese, Craisins, bacon, and slivered almonds – all mixed together and topped with a delicious and tangy honey dijon dressing. YES please!

I try to whip a big green salad at the start of every week. For some other ideas besides this one, try my hearty Cruciferous Salad, a Healthy Chickpea Tuna Salad, or a delicious Kale and Quinoa Salad. So many choices, ya’ll!

Overhead shot of a large white salad bowl filled with broccoli salad, with salad tons inside.

Broccoli Salad

Spring time is HERE, and I’m craving all the colors of the rainbow. The green, orange, and yellow vegetables that mean warmer weather is finally here. My blood has obviously thinned since I lived up north, because I get cold much faster now. Our Texas winter was COLD this year! I’m ready to open the windows and let the sunshine in.

A white serving bowl of broccoli salad, with tongs inside and a napkin beside the bowl.

I’m currently craving salads. Lettuce salads, cabbage salads, and just anything with a lot of crunch. Which is why I’ve made this Broccoli Salad several times lately.

This broccoli salad is just so many things.

  • bright and vibrant
  • interesting textures
  • lots of crunch
  • perfect combo of salt and sweet
  • finished off with an amazing dressing

You’re gonna love this one. Trust me!

Ingredients needed for Healthy Broccoli Salad:

For the salad:

  • Broccoli – Buy the broccoli crowns, if possible. The broccoli will be fresher (and taste better) than buying pre-cut broccoli.
  • Carrots – I took the easy route and bought matchstix carrots however, but you could definitely slice them yourself.
  • Onion – Red onion works the best in this salad.
  • Craisins – If you can find the lower-sugar ones, get those! We can’t tell the difference from the regular version.
  • Cheese – Some shredded sharp cheddar cheese is the perfect balance to the sweetness in this salad.
  • Bacon – Just six slices needed. Don’t skip the bacon please!
  • Almonds – Toast some slivered almonds for the perfect crunch.
A tan cutting board with three broccoli crowns on top of it.
A large white bowl filled with broccoli salad ingredients, separated by ingredient, with a mason jar of Honey Dijon dressing, and salad tongs beside bowl.

THE Dressing!

The Honey Dijon Dressing makes this Broccoli Salad complete. It’s tangy, creamy, and sweet at the same time, which is necessary when you have a strong vegetable like broccoli. Make sure you add the dressing to the salad well in advance to make sure the flavors are well incorporated. The salad won’t wilt. It will just taste better.

For the dressing:

  • Olive Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt and Pepper
A hand drizzling the Honey Dijon dressing over the broccoli salad bowl.

How to make Healthy Broccoli Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing:

  1. Prep ingredients. Chop the broccoli into little florets, slice the onion, toast the almonds, cook the bacon.
  2. Combine. Add all salad ingredients to a large salad bowl – the broccoli, carrots, red onion, Craisins, cheese, bacon, and almonds – and toss.
  3. Make dressing. Measure all salad dressing ingredients into a mason jar, and shake vigorously. Pour over broccoli salad, and store salad in the refrigerator for an hour or two before serving, is possible.
  4. EAT. Enjoy your broccoli salad! 😀

Other healthy and delicious salads for you to try:

Overhead shot of a large white salad bowl filled with broccoli salad, with salad dressing jar next to bowl.

Make this salad next: Mom’s Best Creamy Cucumber Salad

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xoxo ~Sue

Overhead shot of a large white salad bowl filled with broccoli salad, with salad tons inside.

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

Broccoli Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing is bursting with color and nutrients. Ten cups of broccoli, with handfuls of carrots, onion, cheddar cheese, Craisins, bacon, and slivered almonds – all mixed together and topped with a delicious and tangy honey dijon dressing. YES please!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli salad
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 383kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 10 cups broccoli – from about three heads, cut into bite-sized
  • 2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 cup red onion – diced
  • 1/2 cup low-sugar Craisins
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon – cooked and sliced
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds – toasted

For the dressing:

  • 10 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper – to taste

Instructions

  • Add all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Mix the dressing in a salad shaker. Pour the dressing over the salad, mix, and store in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.

Notes

  1. For best results, add the dressing an hour or two before serving.
  2. Leftovers are great for a couple of days.

Nutrition

Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 607mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 6184IU | Vitamin C: 104mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 2mg

8 Comments

  1. Take the pro tip and make the Dijon dressing. This salad will not disappoint! ❤️✅?

  2. Jackie Thill says:

    Excellent! I sometimes change the dressing to make it simple with olive oil and salt and pepper, and that’s delicious too.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Great idea! I love this combo of ingredients! 🙂

  3. This was so delicious!! Took it to a Memorial Day gathering and it got rave reviews!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I made it over the Memorial Day weekend too! Glad you all enjoyed it Shari! 🙂

  4. Amazing!!! There was nothing about this I did not like. The flavors went together so wonderfully. The texture, with the crunchy broccoli and the almonds!! Not to mention the bacon. My husband said it is the Best salad he has ever had!!! We are low carb people so, I only added a few craisins to each bowl on the first helping. The second one, I added none and it was still delicious!! I for sure will Be making this a lot this summer!!! Thanks so much for sharing this.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Suzanne! I’m so glad ya’ll enjoyed it. Bring some of that broccoli back to Texas with you! 🙂

  5. Tastes great and the salad only has 7 ingredients. I like it simple. Love it!

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