This post was originally published on June 27, 2018.
Looking for a salad perfect as a side dish with a summer BBQ cookout? You are in the right place! Featured today on Theresa’s Reviews is an easy broccoli salad recipe that has a healthy twist. My family enjoys eating this dish in the summer because it is light and refreshing.
Easy Broccoli Salad Recipe With A Healthy Twist
Although classic broccoli salad is made with mayonnaise, this recipe adds in Greek yogurt for additional protein. My children usually will not eat Greek yogurt because they think it is too bitter, but they couldn’t even notice it in this recipe. My daughter said the dish tasted like cole slaw, which she enjoys.
Most people like adding enough sweetener to offset the bitterness of the broccoli. You could use a zero calorie sweeter if you want to make a low calorie version, but I prefer the taste of real sugar. This recipe uses coconut sugar for a more natural, unrefined, and sustainably grown and harvested sweetener. Recently, I started cooking with coconut sugar for a Healthy Nashville Hot Chicken recipe, and it works well in all sorts of dishes. With the sugar coming from a coconut blossom, not only does it taste good, but it is also non-GMO and organic.Ingredients:
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
2 large broccoli
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup raisins or cranberries
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
4 slices of bacon
Rinse the broccoli and remove the stem. Break the large florets down into smaller, bite sized florets using a knife. In a bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, coconut sugar, and white distilled vinegar. Add to a bowl with the broccoli and mix well. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator overnight to help the broccoli soften. The next morning, mix it well to help the wet ingredients cover all the broccoli, and taste it. If it is too bitter, add more of the yogurt, mayonnaise, coconut sugar to taste. To help it soften more, you could also add more white distilled vinegar.
When you have flavored it to your taste and the broccoli is soft, add in the raisins, sunflower seeds and cheddar cheese. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place the bacon in for 15 minutes. When the bacon cools, break it into pieces and add it to the broccoli. Stir well, and enjoy!
What is your favorite summer salad? Share in the comments!