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a serving of healthy broccoli salad

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

This healthy broccoli salad is the perfect side dish to transition into the warmer months ahead. Great for holidays, cookouts, or anytime!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Lindsey Jenkins


Salad Ingredients

  • pounds broccoli florets and stems, chopped about 6 cups
  • 3 tablespoon shallot, finely diced or substitute
  • cup sunflower seeds or substitute
  • cup dried cranberries or substitute

Dressing Ingredients


  • Finely dice a small shallot and add to your serving bowl along with the seeds and dried cranberries. Set aside.
  • Chop the broccoli florets into small, bite-sized pieces. Remove the tough ends at the bottom of the stems and the leaves. Using a vegetable peeler, peel off the outer woody layer of the stems before cutting them into small, bite-sized pieces.
  • Get a large bowl out and fill it with ice and cold water and place it near the stove. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, add in the florets and stems.
  • Boil for 2 minutes and then remove from the heat. With a slotted spoon, carefully transfer the broccoli to your ice-cold water bowl. This helps stop the broccoli from continuing to cook and retains its color and texture.
  • Once the broccoli has sat in the cold water for a few minutes, drain the broccoli and add to the bowl with the other ingredients.
  • Add all the dressing ingredients to a bowl and whisk together until combined. Taste and add more salt as needed. Pour the dressing over your salad and mix thoroughly until well coated.
  • Store covered in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.


  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.