Creamy & Crunchy Broccoli Salad | THM: S

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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.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Creamy & Crunchy Broccoli Salad | THM: S

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.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 3 large broccoli crowns, chopped
  • 12 strips of bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups cheddar, grated
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp stevia extract powder


  1. Dump broccoli, bacon, onion, sunflower seeds, and cheddar into a large bowl.
  2. Stir mayo, sour cream, vinegar, and stevia together in a measuring cup to make the dressing. Pour over salad and stir to coat. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.


This salad keeps very well and can be enjoyed for several days if stored, covered, in the refrigerator.

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36 thoughts on “Creamy & Crunchy Broccoli Salad | THM: S”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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 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

  7. 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.

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  9. 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!! πŸ™‚

  10. 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.


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