This Broccoli Salad with Yogurt Dressing is a healthy twist on classic broccoli salad!Is it weird that one of my guilty pleasures is broccoli salad? I crave it almost the way my husband craves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The thing is, I never actually make the broccoli salad that I crave. Although I love this super healthy broccoli salad, that’s not the one that calls my name at the most random times.
The broccoli salad I crave is the classic broccoli salad with bacon, raisins, red onion, and a sweet mayo dressing. It’s hard for me to pass by the deli counter at my local grocery store without eyeing it and thinking about how much I love it. I’m the only one in my family who will eat that broccoli salad, but I have no shame in purchasing a big container of it when the craving hits. It was time for me to make my own version.
So this Broccoli Salad with Yogurt Dressing is a spin off of the classic broccoli salad I love so much. I healthified it just a bit, because, you know, that’s what I do. Yogurt replaces the mayonnaise and I keep it sweetened naturally with maple syrup instead of regular sugar.
I also gave it a fun Christmas-y spin by adding the red bell peppers, dried cranberries, and pecans. This would make a perfect make-ahead holiday side dish! This Broccoli Salad with Yogurt dressing would be great in the summer, too, though. It’s an all-season salad, guys.
Whenever you make it, this is such an easy dish to throw together. Mix all your ingredients in a big ol’ bowl and drizzle the tangy-yet-still-perfectly sweet dressing on top, mix it all together, and you’re good to go. I just love this new version of classic, yet not quite classic, broccoli salad. Once I made all these changes, but I wasn’t sure how my modifications would translate. Would I crave this new version of Broccoli Salad with Yogurt Dressing the same way I crave the classic version? I got my answer last night, at 10:30, when the hunger beast was calling and I had a big bowl of this for my evening snack. You know when I’m craving broccoli at 10:30 at night, the recipe is a winner. I hope you try it soon! If you do, I’d love to see! Take a pic and tag me on Instagram #happyhealthymama!
- 1 large head of broccoli, chopped (6 cups florets)
- 1 large red bell pepper, diced
- ½ cup diced red onion
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup pecan halves
- 4-5 pieces cooked bacon (preferably uncured bacon; turkey bacon will work), crumbled
- For the Dressing:
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (or plain non-dairy yogurt)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Mix together the first 6 ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
- Pour the dressing over the vegetables and mix well.
- Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!