Lighter Broccoli Cranberry Salad

This tasty side dish is a lighter version of your classic broccoli cranberry salad recipe– perfect for summer BBQs, picnics, and pot lucks!
Lighter Broccoli SaladBroccoli cranberry salad is SO good! It’s one of my favorite side salads, but it’s normally slathered in quite a bit of mayo. And sometimes it’s even a little too sweet with extra sugar. So, I decided to make a few tweaks and healthier swaps to make the salad a bit lighter and healthier! But the taste is still SUPER good! Healthier Broccoli SaladI love recipes like this because they are full of flavor yet still a pretty good, healthy choice. Really, it’s great any time of year. But, I think it’s especially perfect for summer – picnics, backyard parties, BBQs, church potlucks, etc. It’s a great side dish! And, it’s SUPER easy to make. Chopping up the broccoli is the hardest part, so you really can make this up in no time (though, I do think the flavor is better if you make it the night before or at least a few hours before serving)! Here’s the easy recipe:

Lighter Broccoli Cranberry Salad
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A lighter take on the traditional broccoli cranberry salad!
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 medium-large head of broccoli, chopped into bite-sized florets
  • ¼ -1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup sunflower kernels
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • ½ TBSP sugar
  • 2 TBSP red wine vinegar
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine broccoli, red onion, dried cranberries, crumbled bacon, and sunflower kernels.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, mayo, sugar, and vinegar.
  3. Pour the dressing to the salad and stir to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve (flavors come together better if you make at least a few hours in advance).

Broccoli Cranberry SaladYum! This is super tasty! Now, how about some other tasty recipes perfect for a picnic or backyard get-together? Whether you’re looking for a few more great side dish ideas or even a dessert, you’ll find some super delicious picnic favorits recipes from my fellow #CreativeFoodies! Be sure to pin this for later and then hop around to check out all the tasty eats!
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  1. says

    Mmmmm this totally reminds me of a broccoli salad we had at my wedding that I haven’t made in YEARS~! totally fixing that and making it ASAP! looks delicious!

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