Fresh broccoli salad

We start again with my favorite broccoli salad recipe!
This is the best broccoli salad I have ever had. Why? It’s crunchy and fresh, which is exactly what I want my broccoli salad to be.
Broccoli Salad Ingredients
It’s also very addictive, thanks to the sweet and salty combination of freshly roasted sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and cheddar cheese.
I borrowed the honey mustard sauce from the Brussels sprout salad, and it plays up the raw broccoli characteristics best. Who needs mayonnaise when you have a creamy honey mustard sauce?
Best Healthy Broccoli Salad
Standard ground broccoli salads include mayonnaise, sugar, and bacon, and you won’t find that here.
I included regular cheddar cheese because my assistant Mara loves it that way. Cheddar provides a creamy salad dressing, making it a perfect transitional food between rich holiday meals and healthy options.

However, if you fancy a lighter salad, you will also appreciate the recipe without the cheese.
If you’ve never tried it before, I would say if you like broccoli, give it a try. But there are plenty of other ingredients that really add to the flavor (and calories) of this salad…like cheese, dried cranberries, and mayonnaise. You can lighten it up a bit with low-calorie mayonnaise or replace half the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt. I like that it’s very healthy considering how much broccoli you get

Fresh healthy spring salad bowl shot on blue picnic table. Some vegetables are around the bowl. DSRL studio photo taken with Canon EOS 5D Mk II and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM


1° head of broccoli, washed and cut into bite-sized pieces
° 6 to 8 slices of cooked and crumbly bacon, or 12 cups of real prepackaged bacon pieces
° 8 ounces of cheddar cheese, cut into very small pieces
° A cup of finely chopped red onions
° A quarter cup of raisins or cranberries
° Half a cup of cherry tomatoes is optional
° 1 cup of mayonnaise
° 2 meters of white vinegar
° Half a cup of sugar
° A pinch of salt and pepper

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Once you’ve cut the broccoli, cheese, onions, and bacon (if you’re using store-bought bacon bits, this step is for you) into small pieces, toss them all in with some raisins or cranberries in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar until well blended. If using tomatoes, add them to the marinade mixture.
Pour the sauce over the vegetable and cheese mixture and mix.