Lower Fat Broccoli Salad Recipe

Do you get bored with the traditional pasta and potato salad at summer picnics? Here is a super easy and wait for it, low-fat broccoli salad that is filled with crunch and sweetness that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

My husband requests this every so often as he used to eat something similar at a restaurant in San Diego when he was stationed there. What I love about this side dish is that you don’t have to parboil the broccoli you just dump it.

I fried up my bacon earlier in the day but if you buy the precooked variety you are already ahead of the game. Heck, just buy broccoli florets and there is no excuse why you can’t bring this quick side dish to any party.

Reduced Fat Broccoli salad perfect summer side dish recipe

Low Fat Broccoli Salad Recipe

Reduced Fat Broccoli salad perfect summer side dish recipe


So I already told you how easy the prep is, now for the dressing. I made the dressing in a mason jar the day before I was serving this dish. All I did before serving was added a little bit more vinegar as it seemed pretty thick and wanted a lighter dressing.


I used both low-fat mayonnaise and Greek yogurt to lighten up this recipe. There was a nut allergy at our event, so I skipped the toasted walnuts but we did not miss them.

Reduced Fat Broccoli salad perfect summer side dish recipe


Many of the recipes suggest waiting to add the dressing right before serving. I did not want to be dealing with this while I was entertaining so I dressed the salad a few hours before serving.

The bacon kept its crunch for the most part. It definitely was soggy for leftovers the next day, but it was very tasty. 

Reduced Fat Broccoli salad perfect summer side dish recipe

Forget about the traditional side dishes and plain veggie trays and make up a batch of this lower fat broccoli salad to accompany any grilling party. 

Reduced Fat Broccoli salad perfect summer side dish recipe

LOW Fat Broccoli Salad

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A lighter version of the traditional broccoli salad the perfect BBQ side dish


  • 1 1/2 lbs broccoli, broken into florets
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup finely chopped Red onion
  • 1 cup toasted chopped walnuts or sunflower seeds, optional
  • 7 strips bacon, crisply fried and crumbled.
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar -or more if you want it thinner


  1. In a large bowl, combine salad ingredients. Refrigerate.In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients. Refrigerate. Just before serving, stir dressing into salad.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 546Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 27gCholesterol 17mgSodium 1731mgCarbohydrates 52gFiber 8gSugar 32gProtein 18g

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  1. I’m a fan of broccoli salad. I might do a split of coconut milk and greek yogurt instead of mayo. But I love everything else. Perfect for summer.

  2. I have never had broccoli salad before, I will have to try this. It looks so tasty and great for summer cookouts!

  3. That looks like a tasty recipe. I am a fan of both broccoli and red onion so I’m sure I would like this.

  4. I have never had a broccoli salad but this does look quite good. I think the addition of sunflower seeds would give it a satisfying crunch. 🙂

  5. You just made the same salad I had for dinner. It is so good. I do want to try this lower fat dressing.

  6. I’m a huge fan of broccoli salads and I must try your version. I like that it’s lightened up and I bet the bacon gives it so much flavor that you don’t miss the fat.

  7. That looks good! I may have to try my own version soon. I love simple recipes that are quick and easy.

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