Better Broccoli Salad 4.000

(Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post)

Nourish Jun 13, 2019

This healthful take on a classic broccoli salad uses Greek yogurt mixed with a little mayonnaise to achieve a lusciously creamy dressing. Chopped sun-dried tomatoes add a savory element and keep this salad vegetarian.

Make Ahead: The salad needs to be refrigerated for at least 1 hour (to meld flavors), and up to 3 days.


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Tested size: 4 servings; makes about 5 cups

  • 15 ounces bite-size (about 1-inch) broccoli florets (5 cups)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted hulled sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes (oil-packed or vacuum-packed and rehydrated in warm water)
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion


Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Fill a mixing bowl with water and ice cubes.

Add the broccoli to the pot; once the water returns to a boil, cook for about 2 minutes, until the broccoli has softened slightly but is still bright green and crisp. Drain and transfer immediately to the ice-water bath to cool (and help preserve its color). Drain the broccoli in a colander until it is dry.

Toast the sunflower seeds in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for about 3 minutes, until fragrant and lightly browned. Transfer to a dish to cool.

Stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the broccoli, raisins, sun-dried tomatoes and red onion, tossing gently to incorporate. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, and up to 3 days.

Stir in the toasted sunflower seeds just before serving.

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Recipe Source

From nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Johnna French.

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