Healthy Broccoli Salad with Just a Few Changes

To be honest, I was never really a fan of salads in general until this year. I would always pass on salads at picnics, barbecues, and potlucks. During this past year, I have really tried to be more open about eating fruits and vegetables, and that means trying a lot more salads. I was actually surprised by the fact that I liked them. So much so that I was actually looking for more recipes to try!

This Healthy Broccoli Salad will make an excellent addition to your picnics and barbecues this summer! It’s quick and easy too, with just a few ingredients! Plus, it’s a healthier choice then most salads.

healthy broccoli salad

When my sister recently introduced me to broccoli salad. I was skeptical. (I have to be honest, I was never a huge fan of salads in general. A plain old bowl of lettuce is good with me.) She had been buying (and loving) a store bought broccoli salad, and I was so surprised because it was so GOOD. Like, so good. I was instantly hooked and obsessed and I would pick up some of this delicious salad every time we went grocery shopping.

And lucky me, there’s a store that carries it close by, it’s just a 5 minute walk. I can satisfy my craving anytime!

After awhile I figured I could easily make some at home. It really takes just a few common ingredients to prepare so it’s pretty easy to throw it together in a hurry. The only thing I don’t add is the onions. I said I was trying to like more vegetables, but me and onions will never get along. #sorrynotsorry

All you need for a healthy broccoli salad is:

  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1/3 cup of mayo
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 5 strips of turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled.
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  1. First off clean and cut up your broccoli into bite sized pieces, and cook your bacon. The easiest way to cook bacon is in the oven. Just line a baking sheet with tin foil, lay out the bacon, and cook at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until cooked to your tastes. I like mine crispy!
  2. In a small dish with a cover add the mayo, sugar, and lemon juice. Put the cover on and shake it up really good.
  3. Crumble up the bacon.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add broccoli and pour your mayo mixture on top, then mix together thoroughly. Finally add the cheese and bacon bits and give it another good stir.

This recipes gives 6 servings, at about 1/2 cup each. Each serving is 103 calories each and has 6 grams of fat. The biggest difference made to this recipe is that I used turkey bacon instead of traditional bacon. This brings the calories and fat WAY down.

*Update: I am currently going through old recipes and updating them with new pictures, or re-doing recipes to be healthier. I will update everyone when this posts gets a fresh, new look!

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  1. This looks like a recipe I could easily adapt to a low carb version. I do like broccoli salad and I haven’t had it in forever

  2. this sounds good! I normally just eat broccoli steamed with some cheese. I’ll have to give this a try

  3. This sounds so similar to one I had when I was growing up – just a bit healthier. I can not wait to try it, we lost our family recipe and I have been trying to recreate it.

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