This healthy broccoli salad is made with less than 10 ingredients in 10 minutes. It is sweet, crunchy, and a delicious side dish for your summer cookouts. Best of all, no cooking is required for this Southern inspired keto broccoli salad.
What is broccoli salad?
Broccoli salad is a quintessential Southern side dish. It’s called a “salad” since the broccoli is dressed. Broccoli salad is best served chilled, especially on a hot summer day!
What is in this broccoli salad?
This broccoli salad recipe is made simply of fresh broccoli, real bacon crumbles, mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, a bit of sweetener, and cheese cubes.
What does keto broccoli salad taste like?
If you like broccoli, especially raw broccoli, you will love this easy and healthy broccoli salad. The dressing is slightly sweet and tangy. The broccoli is crunchy but softens after sitting in the dressing. Together, this keto broccoli salad is a light, sweet, and crunchy dish.
How long does this broccoli salad keep?
This dish is best enjoyed within 2 or 3 days but will keep up to 5 if covered well in your refrigerator. If you’re carrying this dish to a get together, you may prep it a day or two ahead of time and it will still taste delicious. It actually tastes best after a day in the fridge!
Can cauliflower be substituted in place of the broccoli?
If you prefer cauliflower to broccoli then you may substitute it in this keto broccoli salad.
What type of mayo is best for this recipe?
To keep this keto broccoli salad as clean as possible, I prefer to use organic avocado oil mayonnaise that is free of bad oils, flavors, and additives.
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If eating organic or clean is not important to you, simply use whichever mayonnaise you prefer. (I’ll always have a soft spot for Duke’s)
Can plain greek yogurt be substituted for mayonnaise?
I have not tried making this recipe with plain greek yogurt but if you do not mind the natural tang of plain greek yogurt, then it should be a fine substitute for the mayonnaise. There should be no need to adjust the amounts.
Other ingredients to try in your healthy broccoli salad
Get creative and try some different ingredients in your broccoli salad. Sometimes I like to add diced red onion, pepitas (see in the video), or black olives.
Lifestyle friendly broccoli salad
Whether you’re eating a specific diet or just trying to eat healthy and clean, this healthy broccoli salad hits many of the marks.
As written, this broccoli salad is keto, low carb, gluten free, and refined sugar free.
It can be made dairy free and paleo by omitting the cheese or vegetarian by omitting the broccoli.
Using high quality, organic, and non-GMO ingredients also make this healthy broccoli salad clean and nutritious.
- 1 pound fresh broccoli florets
- 2.5 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2" pieces (omit for dairy free)
- 1 ounce bacon bits
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons granular sweetener
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons water
- If not already prepared, cut the broccoli florets into small bitesize pieces.
- Place the broccoli in a large bowl. Add the cheese and bacon bits.
- In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk the mayonnaise, erythritol, vinegar, and water.
- Pour on top of the broccoli and toss everything to coat.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
This broccoli salad is best enjoyed chilled within 2 or 3 days.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: about 6 Serving Size: about 4.5 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 29.4gCarbohydrates: 3.8gFiber: 1.7gProtein: 7.2g
This recipe was originally published on April 25, 2019.