Photo: Iain Bagwell Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas 
Hands-on Time
10 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

Broccoli salad is usually drowning in a creamy, often very sweet, dressing and studded with 1/2 pound crumbled bacon, making it more about the creamy dressing and bacon than about the actual broccoli. Ours uses a combination of canola mayonnaise and Greek yogurt to keep the calories in check. We opt for center-cut bacon (a bit less of it) and swap the usual raisins for lower-sugar dried cranberries to pack a subtle punch of tart. The best part of this salad? The longer it sits, the better it gets.

How to Make It

Step 1

Soak red onion in cold water for 5 minutes; drain.

Step 2

Combine mayonnaise and next 5 ingredients (through pepper), stirring well with a whisk. Stir in red onion, broccoli, and remaining ingredients. Cover and chill 1 hour before serving.

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Ratings & Reviews

Cranberry-Almond Broccoli Salad

April 14, 2016
This is really good but instead of bacon I used sliced green grapes. Good for meat free salad.

Step aside, Whole Foods!

May 31, 2016
This recipe tastes exactly like WF's Broccoli Crunch salad!  The dressing is creamy, with just the right hint of sweet from the honey and the combo of almonds, cranberries and bacon works so well with the crunch of the raw broccoli.  I'll be making this all summer long, I know it!

Layers of taste

June 21, 2016
Even though I loved this salad I tried to "improve" it by adding chopped chicken to this salad... Definitely not better. This salad is perfect 'as is.'

A great side dish!

July 04, 2017
Just made it for a BBQ gathering and it was well received.  I added chopped apple to it and thought it was a great addition.  

Wonderful Summer Salad!

August 04, 2017
This is so great with Bratwurst, HBs, wings.... I love it with everything! 

Great Summer Side Dish

June 15, 2016
We prepared this to have as a side to BBQ pulled-pork.  We swapped dried cherries for the cranberries as I had them on-hand.  My children (ages 3 and 5) ate it up and my husband and I enjoyed it as well.

Terrific with cauliflower substitution!

August 18, 2016
Very good. I had to adapt as at the last minute I realized I didn't have broccoli so my review is with cauliflower & without bacon. Still great!

Delicious - No Bacon Needed

August 29, 2016
Husband is not a fan of raw broccoli but the flavor combination of this recipe got him on board! I used reviewer suggestion of grapes in lieu of bacon and recipe is delicious! Also agree with making in advance: allows the flavors to combine & makes the dish even better

Great salad

September 05, 2016
Easy to made and very tasty.  Recipe says 6 servings so I halved it (just one of me) - more like 4 servings.  Didn't have Greek yogurt so used sour cream instead.  Next time will make full recipe, and even double it when kids and grand kids come over - they all liked the small taste of leftovers I had.  Per suggestions, will try with cauliflower too.


September 29, 2016
As another reviewer stated this salad is delicious with or without the bacon.