This is the best healthy broccoli salad recipe! With a rich and creamy dressing and the perfect amount of crunch this salad is made with broccoli, red onion, almonds and fresh grapes. It's great for picnics, barbecues and makes the perfect side dish. It's also paleo, Whole30 and dairy-free!
Why you will love this recipe:
- This healthy broccoli salad is my new favourite side dish. It has the best creamy dressing and the combination of broccoli, fresh grapes and crunchy almonds blends perfectly.
- This simple broccoli salad is quick and easy to make and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.
- It's made with pantry staples and it also makes great leftovers.
- It's perfect for meal prep.
- This broccoli salad is healthy, paleo, Whole30 compliant, dairy free, gluten free and sugar free.
- You don't need to blanch the broccoli to make this salad.
- This is a fun twist on a classic old fashioned broccoli salad because it's made with no bacon.
- This broccoli salad can easily be made vegan by using a vegan mayonnaise.
- This recipe is made with no yogurt and no sugar.
Taste and texture:
This salad is creamy and rich and has the perfect crunchy texture from the slivered almonds and fresh broccoli. Grapes add the perfect amount of sweetness which contrasts really well with the tart, tangy dressing.
Key ingredients and substitutions:
- Mayonnaise - A good mayonnaise is key to making a delicious broccoli salad. It's used to make the delicious creamy dressing. I love using my homemade mayonnaise for this recipe but you can use your favourite store bought mayo too.
- Dijon mustard - to give the dressing it just a little tang and extra flavour.
- Coconut vinegar and balsamic vinegar - the combination of these two vinegars makes the creamy dressing on this salad taste so good!
- Fresh broccoli - the star of this healthy salad is fresh broccoli. I kept it simple and use raw broccoli for this recipe. No need for blanching the broccoli.
- Grapes - grapes add the perfect amount of sweetness to this salad that blends perfectly with the tartness of the broccoli and the creamy dressing. Instead of grapes you could add other fruit such as apples.
- Slivered almonds - not only do almonds taste amazing and add flavour to this salad, they also give it a nice crunchy texture. You could swap the almonds for another nut or seed too. Other delicious options include pine nuts, sunflower seeds or cashews.
How to make:
First, put all the ingredients for the salad in a large bowl.
Then mix the dressing in another bowl and stir it well until it's smooth and creamy.
Now pour the dressing over the salad ingredients.
Now stir everything well so that the salad ingredients are evenly coated. Then serve and enjoy!
Tips and variations:
- I think this salad tastes even better if you let it sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours (or overnight) before serving.
- For even more crunch add some cooked bacon bits!
- Instead of slivered almonds you could use pine nuts, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds instead.
- If you prefer to blanche your broccoli when you make broccoli salad feel free to do so.
- To make this into a vegan broccoli salad use a vegan mayonnaise.
How to serve:
- Broccoli salad goes really well with burgers and I often pair them with my favourite pork burgers, gluten free burgers or duck burgers.
- Paleo salad makes a great side dish for pork chops like my blueberry pork chops.
- Pair this salad with ribs! These slow cooker ribs are my favourite.
- This salad goes so well with chicken wings including salt and pepper chicken wings or honey lemon pepper wings.
- It goes great with steak, grilled chicken or fish!
- Broccoli salad is the perfect side dish to bring to picnics, barbecues and tailgates.
How to store:
Store this salad in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 7 days.
One serving of this broccoli salad has approximately 203 calories with 21 grams of total carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 15 grams of net carbs, 8 grams of protein and 12 grams of fat. This recipe is low sugar, Whole30, dairy free and gluten free. It is not low carb or keto.
Frequently asked questions:
Nope! For this broccoli salad there is no need to steam the broccoli, I just use raw broccoli but if you prefer you can also blanche it.
Some broccoli salad recipes will ask you to blanch the broccoli, but not all. This simple broccoli salad requires no blanching so it is ready in no time.
Yes! You can easily make a broccoli salad with no bacon. Instead of bacon, other options to add crunch to broccoli salad include using nuts or seeds such as slivered almonds, pecans or pine nuts.
No, broccoli salad does not freeze well. After being frozen the broccoli will become rather mushy when it thaws.
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Healthy Broccoli Salad (Paleo and Whole30)
- 2 heads broccoli, finely chopped
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup sliced red grapes
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion (or more to taste)
- In a large bowl combine all the salad ingredients.
- In a separate bowl or jar, combine the dressing ingredients and stir them well until they are smooth.
- Add the dressing to the salad and stir everything well until combined.
- Optional: put the salad in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving to help the flavours become stronger and the broccoli to get more crisp.
- This salad tastes even better if left in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving.
- Nutritional values are an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use.
- Store this salad in the fridge for up to a week after you make it.