Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

It is finally feeling like summer around our house.  Let’s hope it lasts.

I don’t know about you but I always feel like eating a little healthier in the summer.  Maybe it is all those fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmer’s Market?

So in honor of summer finally arriving in Portland this week is going to be dedicated to healthy recipes (or at least as healthy as I get).  In other words, there will be no cookie or cupcake recipes this week!!

I think a pretty standard recipe in everyone’s recipe box is broccoli salad.  You know the one.  The one that has a mayo, sugar and vinegar dressing over it.  Yeah, that one.  So good.

Well, this is a healthier version of that salad.

It still has the yummy bacon and sunflowers on it as well as some green onions and cranberries.

Broccoli Salad

But instead of the mayo dressing it is covered with a nice light oil and rice vinegar mixture.  And there is just a little bit of sugar added in.

Broccoli Salad

The trick to this salad for me is to cut the broccoli nice and small.  No big stalks of broccoli for me.  Jim is an expert at cutting up the broccoli just the way I like it.   I also like to peel the stalk of the broccoli and cut it up – it is nice and tender inside.

Do you have a favorite recipe that you have made a healthier version of?

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad
  • 6 C fresh, uncooked broccoli florets
  • ½ C thinly sliced green onions
  • ½ C craisinets or dried cherries
  • ¼ C sunflower seeds
  • 4 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 3 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar (available in the Asian aisle)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  1. Mix together the dressing ingredients and pour over salad ingredients
  2. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  3. If it is going to be in the refrigerator for a while wait to add the sunflower seeds and bacon so they don't get soft. You want them crisp.
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    oooooh!! I am really liking this version! I am going to try this. Later in the week, I’m going to friend’s house to go swimming. I would like to make this to take as part of our lunch….and I know that she loves broccoli salad!

  2. says

    Love broccoli in any form! The dried cherries are such a wonderful idea. gotta try that. I just made such a wonderful broccoli-prosciutto-mandarin salad for father’s day bbq, please do visit and let me know what you think!
    excited to join your cute site!

  3. says

    I’ve never tried this with an oil and vinegar dressing–what a good idea! We love broccoli salad, and I like adding peas (I just stir in frozen ones and they help chill the salad and thaw before serving) or red grapes or cashews or feta–I’m always changing it up. Next time I’m trying your dressing!

  4. says

    Thank you for the recipe. I made this salad for a cook-out on the 4th of July. It was wonderful! I will be making this again and again.

  5. Erin says

    Just got this ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow (bacon and sunflower seeds in separate bags in the fridge. Excited to try something new with our traditional meal. Thank you so much!

  6. Anita says

    This has become a new family FAV! I also add in some carrots for extra crunch & color. And just because I had them in the house the first time I made it:)


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