Broccoli salad is probably my absolute favorite side salad. I love the creaminess and the crunch and the sweetness. However, it amazes me how many calories can be packed into a “healthy” salad once you start adding up the sugar and mayo that makes the salad so sweet and creamy. So rather than give it up, I healthied it up. This Skinny Broccoli Salad is full of flavor… the saltiness of the bacon, the sweetness of the cranberries, the zip of the onions, the crunch of the broccoli… yet has very few calories! You’re welcome!
I have to laugh as I share this recipe. I’ve had the recipe portion of this post written up for months. I just didn’t have a “backstory” to go with it. You know the whole “this is something fun and witty to go with the recipe” part. So it’s sat in my unpublished drafts folder.
But over the weekend when my parents came to visit, I paired burgers with this Skinny Broccoli Salad. At the dinner table, my mom asked if the recipe was on my blog. I told her no and that I needed a story. What ensued afterwards, I wish I would’ve taped. The whole family pretty much made an audible advertisement for me.
Well… somewhat audible. My middle son was so busy scarfing it down he didn’t say anything. But whenever I make our Skinny Broccoli Salad, he asks for a large portion and even asks to have it for an afternoon snack!
My 8-year old son said, “Mom, tell them that it’s broccoli so it’s healthy and it tastes good and is full of nutrients.”
My mother said, “Part of food is what you see. This looks good. It tastes good. It’s light and very refreshing. Very refreshing.”
And my husband said all I needed to write was “Just make it. Trust me. It’s delicious.”
So there you have it, friends. Just make it.
And if you want to skinny up the recipe even more, you can exclude the 2 tablespoons of mayo altogether or swap it for more yogurt and instead of regular bacon, go for turkey bacon. No matter what, it’ll be a hit and a great addition to any cookout or potluck!
Oh and you’ll love this… the recipe is soooooo quick and easy to make, even your hubby can do it! Yes, my husband made it this week for our swim team potluck and it was great!
- 2 medium heads broccoli (approximately 6-7 cups)
- 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
- 6 strips bacon, crumbled
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup sunflower seed kernels
- 3/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tbsp light mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp honey
- Crisp bacon in a skillet. Crumble.
- Combine broccoli, onion, bacon, cranberries, and sunflower kernels in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Stir together Greek yogurt, mayo and honey in a small bowl. Pour over the top of broccoli mixture and stir evenly to coat.
- Tastes great freshly served or refrigerate to chill.