Skinny Broccoli Salad

This lightened up Skinny Broccoli Salad gets a delicious crunch from the sunflower kernels and crisp broccoli, with a delicious healthy dressing made from Greek yogurt!

Skinny Broccoli Salad | Belle of the Kitchen

So after my post from the other day for that amazingly decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Pie, I figured a lighter recipe was in order.

Skinny Broccoli Salad | Belle of the Kitchen

I love Broccoli Salad. With such a healthy main ingredient, it only seems right that it be given an equally nutritious dressing to coat it in. Replacing the mayo with plain Greek yogurt bumps up the protein, yet cuts back on the unhealthy fats and calories. Plus, it tastes just as delicious!

Skinny Broccoli Salad | Belle of the Kitchen

I made this to go alongside some Ranch Turkey Burgers for dinner. It was a great Friday night, summer meal. All that was missing was a glass of Sangria. Recipe for that might be coming soon. :)

Skinny Broccoli Salad | Belle of the Kitchen

We are looking forward to having family come and visit us from the mainland in a couple of days. My son is so excited and keeps asking everyday if it’s time to go pick up his auntie. We are excited for our daughter to meet her auntie for the first time! Hawaii is a beautiful place to be stationed and we do love it here, but the distance is definitely a downside. But at least it’s a fun place to visit; when family can save up the funds. :)

Skinny Broccoli Salad | Belle of the Kitchen

I hope y’all have a lovely weekend! And if you’re grilling, try whipping up some Skinny Broccoli Salad to go with your meal. Enjoy!

Skinny Broccoli Salad
  • 1 medium head of broccoli, chopped into small pieces
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • ¼ cup sunflower kernels
  • ¼ cup raisins, or 1 (1 oz) box
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 TB sugar
  • 1½ TB white vinegar
  • 3-4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  1. Combine broccoli, sunflower kernels, raisins, and bacon in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Stir together Greek yogurt, sugar, and vinegar in a small bowl. Pour over the top of broccoli mixture and stir evenly to coat.
  3. Tastes great when served immediately. If you need to refrigerate it for later, you may want to prepare a bit more of the dressing to add in case it gets a little dry.

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  1. says

    Oh Ashlyn I LOVE that you made this skinny! This is one of my fave summer salads but I tend to stay away because of the amount of mayo! What a great idea to use Greek Yogurt! Love Love this :-)

    • Ashlyn says

      Thank you, Cathy! I always feel the same way about all the mayo in salads! Greek Yogurt is such a great invention, haha! :)

  2. says

    I’m ashamed to say this but I’ve never tried a broccoli salad. I do love broccoli so I don’t see how I could go wrong. I’m pinning this to try later. Happy Saturday!

  3. says

    bacon is definitely the best way to instantly kick salads up a notch.. im always on the lookout for fresh and nutrious salad ideas. thanks for sharing this recipe, definitely will be recreating this salad in my kitchen!

    • Ashlyn says

      Oh yes, bacon makes everything better! My Paleo friends love bacon, so I figure it’s got a little bit of healthiness to it. ;) Thanks so much for visiting, Thalia!

  4. says

    I love your Skinny Broccoli Salad it looks delicious! Just pinned your awesome recipe! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Ashlyn says

      Hi Beth! I’d say this yields about 5 servings. I just calculated using MyFitnessPal and got 164 calories each for 5 servings. If you made the servings smaller and had 6, it would be 136 calories each. Hope that helps! :)

  5. maja says

    Do you eat it raw? (kind of a newbie in the veggie world). Not sure that would be my thing. How about a short steaming? Do you think that would work?

    • Ashlyn says

      Hi Maja, sorry I never saw your comment until now! But yes, it’s meant to be eaten raw. I’m really not sure how it would taste if you steamed it. If you try that, let me know!

  6. Robyn says

    I just made this & it is so good! I used green onions because I didn’t have any red & I substituted agave nectar for sugar and fake bacon for the real stuff (because I’m a vegetarian). Even with those changes, I thought it was delicious. I will definitely be making this again! Thanks!

    • Ashlyn says

      Yay Robyn! So glad it turned out well for you with the changes, and that you enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! :)

  7. Char says

    This recipe is awesome! Just a couple thoughts. I used craisins instead of the raisins, added some chopped red and yellow peppers, and substituted stevia for the sugar. I refrigerated the leftovers and brought it out again today. It was even better today after all the flavors combined. I will always make it a day a head of time now. Wonderful recipe!

    • Ashlyn says

      Awesome Char! So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for coming back and letting me know how it turned out for you! I’ll have to try it with the craisins. :)

  8. Kathleen says

    i love this salad! I have made it twice. Last time it was on the Fourth of July for the family picnic. Both times I used turkey bacon. The first time I used regular plain vanilla yogurt. The second time I used the Greek kind. I like the regular better as the Greek made it too thick (imho). The recipe is a keeper anyone figure out the nutritional value yet?

  9. Susan says

    I love broccoli salad and your recipie would be a great addition to my skinny eating plan.
    My question is, what is the amount of your serving size. One cup,1/2 cup, I didn’t see any serving size or the stats on your serving size. Thank you for your recipie.

    • Ashlyn says

      HI Susan! That’s a great question. I would say 1/2 cup would be about the correct serving size. Unfortunately I didn’t measure it all out to see how many servings one recipe makes. The next time I make this I will for sure do that and update the recipe. I would think it would make around 5 servings, each 1/2 a cup, if I were to estimate!


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