Healthy, Crowd-Pleasing Broccoli Salad

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Hi, guys!

I have a super easy and delicious salad that is guaranteed to please just about any group. Growing up, my Grammie use to make an incredible broccoli salad for almost all of our family gatherings. Everyone loved it, so it would often be requested for the next get-together.

In recent years, my sister has adopted the responsibility of making broccoli salad for family events and, like my grandmother, she doesn’t follow a specific recipe to make it. She just eyeballs the ingredients, but it turns out perfectly every time. I wanted to share the recipe on CNC, so, inspired by the original, here’s my version of our family’s famous broccoli salad. Enjoy!



  • 12 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 6 pieces of cooked bacon, chopped
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 4 tsp sugar


Directions: Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator before serving.




      1. @Tina: I have to assume that the bacon is cooked because…raw bacon?! But it seems like a very novice cook could be confused and perhaps made ill by the confusion.

          1. @Tina: Obviously you know you wrote it, its right there. You don’t have to be passive aggressive.

          2. My comment wasn’t suppose to be passive-aggressive. Just pointing out that a novice hopefully wouldn’t be confused by that ingredient. Sorry if you interpreted my comment that way.

          3. Linds…. I don’t think she was passive aggressive ~ she’s simply pointing out that it’s in the recipe. 😉

  1. I love when I go to a gathering and there is a broccoli salad, maybe now I’ll make it myself. I think its the bacon that make me love it so much. Thanks for sharing!

    p.s. I got into the Falmouth Road race! I’m actually a little nervous now after reading your post about your experience with how crowded it was, haha. But I’m sure I’ll be fine! We were able to snag a hotel about 35 minutes from Falmouth, hopefully that won’t be too bad! I’m just excited to check this race off my bucket list!

  2. This reminds me of the one they serve at Souplantation! I can’t do mayo though, it grosses me out lol, so I’d probably just use all Greek yogurt. I’ve done it for other recipes and it seems to turn out fine.

  3. Love this salad – made it a couple weeks ago as a summer alternative to the same old same old roasted broccoli. I’m definitely excited for summery side dishes lately!

  4. My grandmother makes the same salad (minus the sunflower seeds)! She always put a little Dijon mustard in the dressing, too.

  5. I love, love, love this broccoli salad! My mom and my mother-in-law both make it for family gatherings. So happy to see a lightened up version!

  6. Greek yogurt is such a great swap. I use it for so many things from baking to cooking, it adds the perfect consistency and tang.

  7. Love this recipe, but unfortunately I’m lactose intolerant. Any substitutes for the Greek yogurt?

  8. I haven’t made broccoli salad in FOREVER! I usually make broccoli slaw, this looks DELISH! I kind of like the mix between mayo and greek yogurt, sometimes the texture and saltiness of mayo just needs to be thee, just not in huge quantities!

  9. Yum! This recipe is very similar to our family recipe (without the yogurt). One thing we do though is mix the dressing ahead of time in a separate container. Then when you take the salad to a party or whatever, you can mix the dressing into the salad on site and it helps it stay very fresh and crunchy!

  10. Totally off topic here….but wanted to share…thought you would enjoy. I bought a bag of gold emblem dark chocolate espresso beans at CVS today after lamenting to the nice ladies who work there that I can’t find the coffee nut M & M’s anywhere….WHY??….one of them suggested the espresso beans. I also happen to have a bag of the dark chocolate covered almonds (I know you prefer the cashews but they don’t do it for me)…so I just had a few of each…espresso beans and almonds together for an evening snack…LOVED IT.

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