Continuing on with my Healthy Lifestyle eating plan, I thought I would share the recipe for my husband’s favourite salad: Broccoli Salad. I know what you’re thinking, broccoli, yuk! But trust me, it is a huge hit with everyone who tries it for the first time. The best part of this broccoli salad is that the broccoli is raw and so it maintains all the essential healthy vitamins without having them cooked out! So read on to find out more about this awesome broccoli salad recipe.

broccoli salad recipe

How To Make a Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad is great either as a meal on its own or as a side dish. You can also prepare it well ahead of time, and it keeps for a couple of days in the fridge if covered.

If you want to make the best broccoli salad ever, it’s super easy. Check out the ingredients you’ll need:

What you need – Ingredients

Salad Dressing
  • ½ a head of broccoli
  • 1 apple (any type, whatever you have handy)
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1/2 a cup of raisins
  • 200g bacon
  • ½ a cup of grapes (any colour, seedless is best)
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • Salt, pepper and mixed herb seasoning to taste.

 Optional: 1 teaspoon of sugar

Please Note: All fruit and vegetables should be fresh and raw.


  1. Cut the bacon into small pieces and fry until just crispy. Remove from the pan, and put on a paper towel (kitchen roll) to absorb the excess fat. Allow to cool. (Bacon is optional, and it tastes as good without it so leave the bacon out for a meat-free version).
  2. Cut the head of broccoli into small pieces, removing the long stems.
  3. Chop all the fruit, onions, celery etc., into small pieces. You should always cut the grapes half (long ways) – you don’t want accidental choking.
  4. Put everything into one bowl, including the bacon, and mix well.
  5. Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl or jug and stir well.
  6. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, and mix well.
  7. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

Options and Alternatives:

  • Sugar: this is not necessary as the fruit adds enough sweetness, in my opinion, but you can add it if you want to.
  • Apples can be substituted for pears. Any type of apple will do.
  • Grapes: either green or red, but they should be sliced in half, and it’s best if they are seedless.
  • Onion: you can substitute the spring onions for ¼ red onion chopped very finely.
  • If you are worried about the sugar from both raisins and grapes, remove the grapes and add an extra apple instead.
  • You can also add sunflower kernels or chopped walnuts if you wanted to.
  • No need to add the bacon if you want a meat-free option.

Broccoli Salad is such a great easy salad to make, full of contrasting colours, textures, and tastes that all work together.

You can make so many substitutions as well. If you don’t have something, don’t stress, it works quite well if you leave something out, except maybe the broccoli.

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