Healthier Broccoli Salad

healthier broccoli salad

Quick word association! Ready? Summer = ______?

healthier broccoli salad

For me, summer is all about BBQing. In Hawaii we grilled all year long, and I never thought much about it. But in Portland, things are a little bit different. No one wants to cook dinner outside in the pouring rain – so we do it all summer long to soak up as much grilling as we can while the sun is out. I would eat just about anything cooked on a grill. I would also eat just about anything that accompanies most of these dishes. You know, like potato salad, coleslaw, macaroni salad, etc. Basically, anything covered in cream.

You know I’m not a health nut, but finding a healthy alternative to my fave dishes is always a good thing. This week I’m totally patting myself on the back for making this healthier version of Broccoli Salad. It’s so good – and will definitely be our (guilt free) Go To side dish this summer.

healthier broccoli salad

Broccoli salad is normally loaded with mayonnaise and bacon (yum, I know), sugar, and cheese to boot. My version omits the sugar and cheese completely. Greek yogurt rocks my world, and acts as a perfect substitute for that creamy texture that’s normally hard to replicate. And guess what else I did? I swapped bacon for turkey bacon. Let me just say that I will choose real bacon 99.9% of the time because I’m a bacon snob. But the turkey bacon is so perfect in this dish. All in all, way healthier than the traditional broccoli salad huh?

healthier broccoli salad

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Healthier Broccoli Salad
Serves 6

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2 heads of broccoli
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup slivered almonds
6 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
2 T white vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Begin by mixing the greek yogurt and vinegar in a small bowl until combined and set aside.
Next, wash the broccoli and cut both the florets and stems into small to medium bite-sized pieces. Add to a large bowl, along with the cranberries, almonds, onion and turkey bacon. Pour half of yogurt mixture into bowl and toss to coat evenly. Continue adding yogurt as needed (you may have some leftover). Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
This salad is excellent for several days, but if you aren’t serving the salad immediately, I’d recommend omitting the almonds and bacon until right before serving so they remain crunchy.

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  1. Katie


    I am normally not a creamy salad type of person as I don’t like mayo but with the Greek yogurt it had such a nice tang and was really satisfying. I just bought the ingredients so I can eat it again. 🙂


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