Hi friends! Abra here writing to tell you about a brand new salad recipe that has Monique and I jumping for joy while singing to “Rollercoaster” by the Jonas Brothers.
Yes, it’s that good. Welcome to the BEST healthy broccoli salad recipe you’ll ever make. It’s crunchy, a lil’ sweet, a lil’ savory, and there’s no mayo involved. Coming from this mayo-loving Midwesterner (I see you judging) this dairy free version of broccoli salad is the real deal.
People always ask what we eat for lunch here at AK HQ. A lot of days are raid-the-fridge-for-leftovers days filled with hummus, veggies, Simple Mills crackers, maybe some peach crisp (heck yes), and on recipe testing days we fill up on Monique’s latest recipe creations like this gorgeous salad.
Broccoli salads have quickly become one of our favorite lunches to make because of the amazing textures and flavors we get to incorporate. They’re super fresh and actually keep you full with all of the fiber and the healthy fats added together. Plus, I secretly love chopping aaall of the veggies for these gorgeous salads.
What’s in this healthy broccoli salad recipe?
This healthy broccoli salad is loaded with fresh fruits and veggies that make it perfect for summer. It’s tossed in a super light, flavorful tahini dressing that you’ll literally want to drizzle on everything. Seriously, I add it to buddha bowls, quinoa salads, in wraps, and everything in between. Here are the main ingredients we’re working with:
- broccoli (of course)
- fresh blueberries
- red onion
- fresh cilantro & parsley
- dried apricots
- sliced toasted almonds & roasted sunflower seeds
- natural, drippy tahini (we love this one!)
How to store broccoli salad:
The best part about this salad is that it gets even better over time as it marinates in the delicious tahini dressing. Store it in an airtight container (or a few meal prep containers like these) for up to 5 days and enjoy all week long! It’s wonderful for both parties and meal prep, and it’s great for making the night before.
A few tips for making this healthy broccoli salad:
- Be sure to chop your broccoli and dice your red onion super finely so that you get bursts of flavor in every bite. Having everything finely chopped will also help the dressing to coat every piece.
- The dressing can be adapted to be as sweet as you’d like. We recommend 1/2 tablespoon of maple syrup for this broccoli salad, but taste as you go and adjust as needed.
- Feel free to add a boost of protein! Chickpeas would be great if you’d like to keep this salad vegetarian. Adding chicken would also be delicious, or maybe even crumble some crispy bacon? YUM.
More healthy summer salads to try:
See how to make this broccoli salad:
Healthy Summer Broccoli Salad
- For the salad:
- 5-6 cups fresh broccoli florets (from 1 head of broccoli), VERY finely chopped
- 1 ¼ cups fresh blueberries
- 1 cup shredded or matchstick cut carrots
- ½ cup chopped dried turkish apricots (look for no sulfur added) or sub dried cherries/cranberries
- 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
- ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley
- ½ cup toasted sliced almonds*
- ¼ cup roasted sunflower seeds
- For the dressing:
- 3 tablespoons drippy tahini
- ½ lemon, juiced (about 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice)
- 2-3 tablespoons warm water, to thin dressing
- ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper
In a large bowl, add finely chopped broccoli, blueberries, carrots, diced apricots, red onion, cilantro, parsley, toasted almonds and sunflower seeds. Set aside.
Make the dressing by whisking together the following ingredients in a small bowl: tahini, lemon juice, water, maple syrup, garlic and salt and pepper. Immediately drizzle over salad and toss to combine. Garnish with extra toasted almonds and cilantro. Serve immediately or place in the fridge for later. Salad will keep well up to 5 days and is great when made ahead of time.
To toast your own almonds: Place sliced almonds in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to consistently stir the almonds until they get nice and golden. This should take 3-6 minutes. Once done, remove from heat and transfer to a plate to cool.