by Olena

Healthy Broccoli Salad

by Olena

Healthy Broccoli Salad Recipe with raisins or cranberries, toasted nuts and seeds, and easy Greek yogurt dressing. No mayo or bacon cause heart healthy, easy and tasty broccoli salad is here.

Healthy Broccoli Salad Recipe

Heart healthy broccoli salad with yogurt, no mayo, without bacon, loaded with nuts and seeds, cranberries and super creamy dressing. So good!

It took me 18 years of living in Canada to love a broccoli salad. But don’t you kinda agree that deli and bottled dressing versions are less than even OK?! Not to mention my taste buds cringed from sugar. I just couldn’t take it.

Years went by without broccoli salad in my life because no one cooks me healthy food except me or Alex. But no sane person can imagine Alex whipping up a bowl of healthy broccoli salad, right?! Phew, good. We are on the same page.

But one day I created the best healthy broccoli salad recipe and rest is history. Pinky promise it’s good!

Is Your Broccoli Salad Healthy?

Heck, yes.

  1. Did you know 100 calories of steak contains 11 grams of protein and 100 calories of chopped raw broccoli has exactly 8 grams?! Gotcha.
  2. Did you know 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 24 grams of protein?
  3. No mayo or bacon. Tadah.

healthy broccoli salad

Tips for Best Broccoli Salad:

  1. Add a cup of cooked chicken. That’s how I serve it for a big crowd.
  2. Finely chop broccoli stems too because you paid for them and they are hell of a nutrition power house.
  3. Any nuts work. I chose pecans and pumpkin seeds.
  4. There is absolutely no need to dirty another bowl to make the dressing.

How to Make Healthy Broccoli Salad

  1. Chop broccoli and toast nuts and seeds in a pan.  how to make healthy broccoli salad no mayo
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add broccoli, chopped pepper, toasted nuts and seeds, raising or dried cranberries, yogurt, onion flakes, apple cider vinegar, salt, a pinch of black pepper and red pepper flakes. And gently stir.skinny broccoli salad

More Yummy Healthy Broccoli Recipes:


Healthy Broccoli Salad

5 from 3 reviews

No mayo or bacon cause heart healthy, easy and tasty broccoli salad is here. With cranberries, toasted nuts and seeds, and easy yogurt dressing.

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Cook + Stove
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 1 lb broccoli, chopped
  • 1 small bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup favourite nuts, chopped (I used pecans)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (2%+ fat)
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp onion flakes or powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste


  1. In a large salad bowl, add broccoli, pepper, raisins, yogurt, vinegar, onion flakes, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.
  2. Preheat large skillet on low-medium heat, add nuts and seeds; toast until browned a bit and fragrant, stirring frequently.
  3. Add to the bowl with other ingredients, stir and adjust peppers to taste if necessary.

Store: Refrigerate covered with plastic wrap for up to 2 days. 


Double the recipe for a potluck. Add a cup of cooked chicken one time – you will be glad you did.

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About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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