As a kid, I was horrified at the thought of eating a salad that contained raisins, but one bite of my Mom’s broccoli salad convinced me they weren’t too bad after all, even though I preferred it without. Thanks to Trim Healthy Mama though, I can omit them to make an wonderful, creamy & crunchy broccoli salad that qualifies as a THM S meal, and pretend the lack of raisins are due to eating on plan and watching my sugar intake instead blaming my picky palette.
Aside from omitting the raisins from my Mom’s recipe, I also replaced the sugar in the dressing with a tiny bit of stevia powder. (I find SweetLeaf stevia packets are very convenient for recipes like this.)
Perfect for Summer barbecues, you can also enjoy this broccoli salad as a stand alone meal, since it contains a great deal of protein. Made with no special ingredients, this THM S recipe is an inexpensive way to fill your family with nutrition when broccoli is in season. Even our young children love it! My favorite thing about this salad is that it tastes even better the next day…and the day after that! Aside from the sunflower seeds softening just a little, the salad stays crunchy and increases in flavor as it sits in the fridge.
This cool, creamy, crunchy salad is perfect for Summer BBQs. Broccoli is naturally high in protein; paired with sunflower seeds, bacon, cheese, and sour cream-based dressing, this recipe can also serve as a high protein meal on its own. This salad keeps very well and can be enjoyed for several days if stored, covered, in the refrigerator.
Creamy & Crunchy Broccoli Salad | THM: S
This cool, creamy, crunchy salad is perfect for Summer BBQs. Broccoli is naturally high in protein; paired with sunflower seeds, bacon, cheese, and sour cream-based dressing, this recipe can also serve as a high protein meal on its own.
This salad keeps very well and can be enjoyed for several days if stored, covered, in the refrigerator.
36 thoughts on “Creamy & Crunchy Broccoli Salad | THM: S”
This is the best salad!! Perfect for Pot Lucks too, as it tends to be a favorite for many. I don’t like raisins either ;P. I did finely chop up about 1/4 cup of unsweetened cranberries as a personal choice add and it was lovely. I also used the incredibly easy Broccoli Slaw mix (my new best friend). Keep these beautiful, simple, and delicious recipes coming!
Love the broccoli slaw mix idea!
I have used grapes as well f
or the raisins. I like your cranberry idea. Add some cauliflower as well.
Is there any particular reason you add the sweetener to this salad? I will definitely make this tomorrow, but would opt to leave it out unless there is a specific flavor reason for it.
Hi Shirley, you can omit the sweetener entirely, if you’d like. It’s just there to help balance the tang of the vinegar. 🙂
What kind of vinegar did you use? I’m thinking white because you didn’t specify but am wondering if Apple Cider vinegar would be good.
Hi Lisa, you’re right. I used white vinegar. 🙂
Although Apple cider vinegar works very well with it to.
It looks yummy!! I’m going to use white balsamic vinegar and omit the sweetener. I’ve had good success doing this – especially in the homemade Ranch dressing recipe. I’ll report back.
Oooohhh…thank you, thank you! I have been wanting a recipe for this salad as my family loves it…so this is wonderful! Thank you so much for all your great recipes! Many of them have become “regulars” for my family!
Would it be ok to add some cauliflower? Still be an S, not a crossover?
Hi Jennifer, yes, you can add cauliflower and it will still be an S. Cauliflower is neutral, so you can have it in any setting.
Do you have the nutritional facts, inn this recipe?
Another idea to add to this salad for on entree, add chopped cooked chicken breast. I don’t know what change that makes it but it is really good too.
Thanks Jacinda…I lucked out. I had everything in my frig to make this. It’s in the frig marinating for dinner!!! I did use ACV thinking it would be a healthy choice. Thanks for sharing!
Hi! If I added grapes, would it stay an S? If so, how many?
Hi Jessica, Adding grapes would turn this salad into a Crossover, as grapes are very high in natural sugars. Even in an E setting, they’re used in a limited amount because of their high GI. Hope that helps!
how about some blueberries or diced strawberries? In small amounts it would add that little burst of sweet that the raisins added. I have never had left over broccoli salad so I’m thinking they would stay good in the salad
Did you cook the broccoli or leave it raw?
Just leave it raw!
This salad is delicious! Had it for dinner last night and now for lunch. I think I like it better today! 🙂
Do you use low fat sour cream in this S?
This is so very delicious! I made it as part of our salad collab on YouTube & I now will be making it often. So creamy! So crunchy! I brought it to church & others adked for the recipe. Thank you for suggesting it.
How many services and estimated carbs for each serving
This is a favorite salad! One thing I like to do is blanch the broccoli as I find it hard to digest raw. It brightens the green of the broccoli as well as breaking it down easier when you eat it. I don’t care for raisins either…not missed!! 🙂
Loved this salad. It was the perfect side with our jalapeno burgers. Thank you
Can you post the nutritional facts for this recipe? Thanks 🙂
What is the nutrition for this recipe?
I use half broccoli and half cauliflower. And I wait and sprinkle sunflower seeds on when I eat it so they don’t get soggy in the fridge.