Healthy Broccoli Salad Recipes

Find healthy, delicious broccoli salad recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Superfood Chopped Salad with Salmon & Creamy Garlic Dressing

Rating: 4.33 stars 3
Curly kale forms the base of this salad, but you could use chard or spinach. To the greens, add a multitude of chopped veggies, such as broccoli, cabbage and carrots. Finish with rich salmon for protein and a drizzle of creamy yogurt dressing to bring it all together.

Broccoli-Cranberry Salad

Rating: 5 stars 1
This easy broccoli salad is tossed in a creamy dressing and spiked with sweet cranberries, Cheddar cheese and toasty walnuts. This easy side is great for lunch--add shredded chicken to make it a main dish.

Lentil & Roasted Vegetable Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Rating: 4.33 stars 3
Goddess dressing typically gets its umami-ness from anchovies, but we use miso in this super green salad recipe to keep it vegetarian. Substitute 2 chopped anchovies for the miso if you like. Or add baked tofu, poached salmon or grilled chicken for a boost of protein.

Broccoli, Chickpea & Pomegranate Salad

Rating: 5 stars 3
Simple steps give this broccoli salad recipe a more nuanced flavor: soaking the onion tempers its bite and toasting the cumin enhances its aroma. Serve alongside grilled chicken, pork or fish.

Mediterranean Broccoli Pasta Salad

Rating: 5 stars 5
We've loaded this healthy pasta salad with vegetables and flavors of the Mediterranean. Sun-dried tomatoes and a touch of lemon zest jazz up the dressing, while tender-crisp broccoli florets cook alongside the pasta, making assembly (and cleanup!) a breeze.

Asian Beef and Cabbage Salad

Rating: 5 stars 3
Using ready-made slaw mix in this Asian-inspired salad cuts down on prep time. And because it uses lean ground beef, this main dish is full of iron and B-vitamins.

Andouille, Sweet Potato & Broccoli Salad with Creole Mustard Dressing

Learn how to make broccoli salad packed with sweet potatoes and andouille sausage for a colorful and tasty winter salad.

Quinoa, Chicken & Broccoli Salad with Roasted Lemon Dressing

Rating: 4.33 stars 4
Roasting lemons mellows their tartness and creates a layer of caramelized flavor that pairs well with the raw broccoli and savory quinoa in this healthy chicken dinner salad. Even better, the chicken and lemons roast on one sheet pan, making cleanup a breeze.

Pesto Pasta Salad

Rating: 4 stars 2
A creamy pesto sauce turns this simple pasta salad into a delightful dinner. Adding broccoli to the pasta cooking water just before the pasta is done is a convenient way to briefly cook it so that it turns a vivid shade of green and softens slightly.

Broccoli & Grape Salad

Rating: 5 stars 1
An unlikely pairing of grapes and broccoli creates an out-of-the-ordinary quick side dish. The sweet snappy bite of the grapes complements the crispy raw broccoli and onion, while the creamy dressing and toasted almonds pull it all together. Enjoy it for lunch or double the recipe for an easy potluck recipe everyone will love.

Quick Broccoli Slaw

Use up unused broccoli stems by making your own broccoli slaw instead of using the bagged slaw in this easy potluck favorite. Trim and peel the stalks with a vegetable peeler, then cut 3 cups of matchsticks with the julienne blade on a mandoline or by hand.

Chickpea Salad with Broccoli & Golden Milk-Poached Chicken

Rating: 3 stars 2
Poaching chicken in turmeric-infused milk for this healthy salad recipe yields tender results with a golden hue. Bright yellow turmeric has been used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine. The early spice's potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound, curcumin, shows promise in fighting certain cancers, including breast, pancreatic, colorectal, lung and prostate. (See Tip to learn more about turmeric's health benefits.) Don't toss the cooking liquid: some of it goes into the salad dressing and you can use what remains to cook grains or as a soup base. Make sure to use whole milk and don't go beyond a bare simmer, otherwise it may curdle.
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Inspiration and Ideas

17 Easy Broccoli Salads for Summer
Broccoli is a great source of vitamins C and K, and it provides a great crunchy element in these sides.
Broccoli Salad with Bacon
Rating: Unrated 5
Classic broccoli salad, the perfect dish for a potluck, is updated with cauliflower, bacon and a sprinkle of crunchy sunflower seeds in this so-easy recipe that's sure to be a new picnic favorite.
Broccoli, Ham & Pasta Salad
Rating: 4.71 stars
5

A great make-ahead entree, this lightened-up pasta salad is loaded with broccoli and peppers. Smoky ham and sweet raisins give it plenty of punch. Enjoy the leftovers for a fuss-free lunch. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.