Broccoli Salad

May 27 2011 by
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I don’t know what it is about spring time but as soon as the warm weather hits I start craving broccoli salad.  I go through a phase where I literally eat it at every meal for about 2 weeks.  I’m strange.  I know.  It’s just so yummy!!!!

~Sarah

Ingredients:

  • 1 head broccoli, stems removed and florets cut into pieces
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled (I used Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon)
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (I used Spectrum Brand Organic Mayonnaise)
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp raw honey or coconut nectar
  • 1/4 cup roasted no salt added sunflower seed kernels
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. In a small bowl combine mayo, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper.  Mix well and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine broccoli, bacon, onion and raisins.  Gently stir in the mayo dressing.
  3. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and serve immediately.

Nutritional Info:

Makes 6-8 servings.

Serving size approximately 1 cup.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 173, Cal. from Fat: 77.5, Total Fat: 8.5g, Sat. Fat: .5g, Carbs: 17.5g, Fiber: 2g, Sugars: 10.5g, Protein: 4g, Sodium: 174mg, Chol: 2.5mg

Notes:

Leftover salad should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

It’s best to reserve some of the sunflowers seeds for any leftovers.  The sunflower seeds will lose their crunch by the next day.

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Comments

  1. Cathy says:

    Bacon is clean eating????

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Cathy,

      Yes, in a nutshell, some brands of bacon are clean. Now, just because an item is clean doesn’t mean that it should be a regular staple in your diet. Bacon, along with ice cream, potato chips, cookies and most desserts among other things, should be had occasionally as a treat. The only ‘clean’ bacon that I have found by me is Applegate Farms Sunday Bacon. If you can’t find that brand, check out the local products near you and like with any product read the label and make sure that it contains only ‘clean’ ingredients.

      ~Sarah

    • lisa englert says:

      the amount of bacon per serving of this salad is negligible -everything in moderation

  2. Morgan says:

    I only have broccoli florets…I wonder how I should cut down the other ingredients since I have less than a whole head of broccoli? Maybe cut the rest in half too?

    This recipe looks divine. I love broccoli salad and I’m excited to find a clean version.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Morgan,

      For the recipe I only used the florets of the head of broccoli – which was about 2-3 cups of florets. If you have less florets then that I would definitely adjust the recipe as needed. I LOVE broccoli salad – hope you like this one too!

      ~Sarah

  3. veronika says:

    made this today! big fan!!!!!!!

  4. Annette says:

    I use dried cranberries instead of raisins (my family doesn’t like raisins) and it’s a very good variation!

  5. N says:

    I love broccoli salad! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  6. Claire says:

    Hello. This looks delicious and I’m excited to make it. But I was just wondering whether the broccoli is meant to be cooked?

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Claire,

      The broccoli is most definitely meant to be raw. It has a great crunch that it adds to the salad and the flavors of the other ingredients compliment the raw flavor of the broccoli.

      ~Sarah

  7. kris says:

    delicious! loved this and so did my family :)

  8. Kim says:

    My friend has been making a broccoli salad like this for years, its SOOO yummy!!!! It’s also really good with diced Granny Smith Apples! <3

  9. Nicole Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing this clean eating recipe. I am wondering what you can substitute for the mayonnaise. Any suggestions?

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Nicole,

      If you’re looking to replace the mayo because of dairy/egg dietary reasons then you can easily sub with a vegan mayo. Also, I’ve made this salad before and used my homemade ranch dressing recipe (also vegan) and it was great!

      ~Sarah

  10. Gise says:

    I used sliced almods instead of sunflower seeds. And it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  11. Melissa says:

    I made this today and it was delicious! I used greek yogurt in place of most of the mayo, apple cider vinegar instead of white and just a few drops of Stevia in place of honey. I also subbed cranberries for raisins. Broccoli salad is one of my favorites but I never eat it because of all the mayo and sugar! Now I can have it more often. Thanks for sharing!

  12. shely says:

    We substituted Greek yogurt for mayo. Yummy!

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