Easy Broccoli Salad with Cucumber

Easy Broccoli Salad. I love those three words.

Ever since my first broccoli salad, I’ve been hooked.

When I stopped eating meat I stopped eating broccoli salad because, obviously, something was missing. I didn’t want to just throw in vegetarian bacon though, so I decided to change the way I thought about my beloved broccoli salad.

Easy Broccoli Salad with Cucumber

Easy Broccoli Salad (with Cucumber!)

2018 has been the year of the Vegetable for me. I’ve been working a lot on eating more veggies, and our once strained relationship has become much more positive! I’m trying to be a lot less picky and I’m trying a lot more veggies. I discovered that I actually like a lot of the veggies I used to avoid, case in point; cucumbers!

Cucumbers are:

  • A good source of Vitamin K
  • Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory
  • May have anti-cancer benefits.
  • 95% Water

Enjoy them in a salad, with a little dressing or hummus, or just on their own!

But for now, let’s check out this easy broccoli salad that just so happens to feature cucumbers!

Easy Broccoli Salad with Cucumber
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Serves: 2 Servings
  • ½ a cucumber, diced
  • Small head of broccoli
  • ½ cup cheese
  • 2.5 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • ⅓ cup Mayo
  1. Cut broccoli, leaving as little stalk as possible, into small, bite sized pieces.
  2. Dice cucumber into small pieces. (I cut them to about 1cm)
  3. Using a small dish with a cover, combine sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, and mayo, and shake well.
  4. In a large bowl or dish, add in the broccoli, cucumber, cheese, and then pour the sauce in. Mix well.

Easy Broccoli Salad (with Cucumber!)

Change it up a Bit.

I know broccoli salad usually has colorful (and flavorful) red onions, but I do not like onions. I said I was trying new veggies and really trying to eat more, but onions are something I just can’t bring myself to eat, no matter how many times I try them.

My point is; if you want to add onions in your salad, go for it! I think a bit of celery or would give this salad a nice crunch too. Or add some red peppers for pretty pop of color!

I kept the ‘idea’ of the broccoli salad by keeping relatively the same base of the salad; the sauce, cheese, and of course broccoli. By adding more veggies and taking out the bacon it’s much healthier and vegetarian friendly!

Keeping it Simple

I’m really not much of a cook. You guys know I’m pretty honest about that! That’s why super easy recipes like this easy broccoli salad are a staple in my meals. I try to make it as easy as possible to eat healthy, and if I can find quick recipes that I can work into my meal prep I am always excited to try it. Easy meals and snacks are what keep me going!

Easy Broccoli Salad

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