Broccoli Salad Makeover Recipe

Broccoli Salad Makeover Recipe. The ultimate potluck dish!

I’ve got two kids who will only eat broccoli raw, and one that claims she only likes it cooked.  Usually, I can’t please them all, but with this salad, all three of them were on board!

Broccoli Salad Makeover Recipe. The ultimate potluck dish!

What I love about this Broccoli Salad Makeover Recipe is that you can be creative and choose different add-ins depending on what you have on hand.  I had very few things on hand, so it was simply broccoli, raisins, and pecans, with dressing.

You can also include:

  • Craisins
  • Red onions
  • Bacon bits
  • Slivered almonds
  • Grapes
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sunflower seeds

Then, inspired by My Year Without (Nicole cut refined sugars out of her diet in favor of natural, unprocessed sweeteners), I decided instead of the traditional white sugar in the dressing, I was replacing it with honey. I also like the tang of mayonnaise, so I replace half of it with plain yogurt, and the other half with some light mayonnaise.  Here was the final recipe:

  • 1/4 Cup plain Yogurt (greek yogurt preferable)
  • 1/4 Cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 TBL apple cider Vinegar
  • 1 TBL Honey

Add dressing to any combination of the following:

  • 4 Cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup optional add-ins from above.

Serve it up in a nice salad bowl for dinner.

Why should your kids (and you) eat broccoli?

Its full of good stuff like Vitamin C, A, folic acid, calcium, and chromium.  Plus, it contains both protein and fiber.

Broccoli Salad Makeover Recipe. The ultimate potluck dish!


Broccoli Salad Makeover

Broccoli Salad Makeover Recipe
Serves: 4


  • 4 cup – broccoli, florets
Add ins
  • 1/4 cup – cranberries, dried
  • 1/4 cup, chopped – onion, red
  • 1/4 cup pieces – turkey bacon
  • 1/4 cup – almonds, sliced
  • 1/4 cup – grapes
  • 1/4 cup – cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup – sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup – Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/4 cup – mayonnaise, light
  • 1 tablespoon – vinegar, cider
  • 1 tablespoon – honey


  1. Whisk in a bowl, yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, and honey together.
  2. Add to broccoli and one cup of the other ingredients.
  3. Stir together and serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 229 11%
  • Fat: 14 g 22%
  • Carb: 18 g 6%
  • Fiber: 4 g 16%
  • Protein: 9 g 18%
  • Sugar: 9 g
written by
Amy Roskelley

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Harmony says:

it was delicious

Rebecca P. says:

Delicious!! Everyone loved it & definitely keeping this recipe in mind for future potlucks. I was worried about not blanching the broccoli, but it tasted just fine raw!

terri says:

Used frozen broccoli and cooked it a bit to soften the broccoli, as I don’t like it raw. Also used regular yogurt as I was out of greek. I served the toppings on the side and everyone added what they wanted. Great recipe!

Julia Formichella says:

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Cathy Wheeler says:

Shredded carrots also make a great add in!

Sharon C says:

Good stuff. Just like the classic recipe but with Greek yogurt in place of some of the mayo and turkey bacon instead of regular.

Michelle Kasten says:

I really like it! Will prepare again.

Tally erp 9 says:

Love this recipe!! I make it all the time!

Sandy Darling says:

It can’t be too healthy made with non GMO mayonnaise….too much soy oil etc.

Sandy Darling says:

I misspoke…I meant GMO mayonnaise. So sorry.

tejaswini kadam says:

I made the broccoli salad, with a variation! I steamed the florets a couple of minutes, added some soaked almonds, melon seeds and prunes. The dressing was of hung curd, chopped garlic, chilli flakes, salt, rosemary and a teaspoon of burger mayo! It was awesome!! Thanks…….loved it!

Julie Vanhoogen says:

Broccoli salad looks so good, im going to try. Thank you, for recipes.

Amy says:

@Mary- the broccoli is not cooked, it is raw!
@Justine- LOVE IT! Kids are the best 🙂

Justine says:

My granddaughter ordered broccoli and pancakes for dinner Friday night. She is four. Who does that?

Mary says:

Are you steaming the broccoli or is it raw?

Elizabeth Barnett says:

I was curious was style of BUGS those brown spots were – oh! raisins! (love broccoli!)

Amy says:

Definitely! If you like the taste of miracle whip, you’ll love it! I do!

Jessica says:

Sounds super yummy! I’m wondering if miracle whip would ruin it, as i don’t like mayo 😉 what do you think?

Anna says:

I like this Idea, I love broccoli but I need some ideas to get creative for my family. we have 6 children, it can be challenge to stay on the healthy eating side of life. Thanks for the dressing recipe too…

Liz says:

This recipe looks great. My kids typically love broccoli (steamed and drizzled w/ evoo and kosher salt) but your idea looks like a delicious one as well!

angee says:

We love broccoli salad!! It’s my husband’s favorite, and I love that it’s so easy to make.

My son has decided that he loves the BirdsEye steamfresh broccoli and cauliflower! You can’t ask for more than that, right?!

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