by Olena

Healthy Broccoli Salad

by Olena

4.6 from 5 reviews

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

4.6 from 5 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.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I gave this 4 stars. I found the yogurt dressing a smart substitution but not as rich as the traditional mayo which left me wanting more. With additional tweaking extra vinegar and nutritional yeast- I made this recipe work. I doubled the recipe for thanksgiving so likely quadrupled the vinegar in the original recipe and adding 1/4 c nutritional yeast

  2. Elena, thanks for the delicious recipe. I had all the ingredients on hand! I have 3 Ukrainians staying with us for a week. Do you have any soup recipe they might enjoy?

    1. That’s wonderful! I’m on my phone so can’t link recipes. Please search my website for Ukrainian borscht, chicken noodle soup or split pea soup.

  3. Used Greek yogurt and it was a tad on the tart side so did end up using a small amount of raw local honey in the dressing. Everyone at the potluck expected bacon, haha. Too bad! There was plenty of unhealthy stuff to be had, this salad stayed reasonably healthy.

    I enjoyed this so much I’ll make just for myself.

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