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Broccoli Salad

A healthy, hearty broccoli salad loaded with plump grapes and crunchy pecans tossed in a “skinny” Greek yogurt dressing!

Broccoli Salad - A healthy, hearty broccoli salad loaded with plump grapes and crunchy pecans tossed in a "skinny" Greek yogurt dressing!

I hope you’re not getting tired of these healthy recipes left and right. I’m still trying to stick to my New Years resolutions as I also stuff my face with this, this and this. But have no fear – I have a cheeseburger soup, cheddar bay biscuits and zucchini “chips” coming up this week! But first, let’s talk salad.

Broccoli Salad - A healthy, hearty broccoli salad loaded with plump grapes and crunchy pecans tossed in a "skinny" Greek yogurt dressing!

Now I have always been a bit skeptical about raw broccoli. I’ve always had it baked, fried, or smothered in something, but never raw. But when I saw this gorgeous, vibrant broccoli harvest salad from Eat Yourself Skinny, I just had to give this raw broccoli thing a chance, and boy am I glad I did.

Broccoli Salad - A healthy, hearty broccoli salad loaded with plump grapes and crunchy pecans tossed in a "skinny" Greek yogurt dressing!

From the plump grapes to the crunchy broccoli florets – which I might add is amazing and not weird at all – to the crisp bacon bits, this is one of the best salads I’ve ever had. The dressing is even made “skinny” by swapping out half the mayo with Greek yogurt, and with the red wine vinegar, you get a sweet tanginess that melds so well with the rest of the veggies. The best part about this is that it doesn’t even taste healthy at all!

Broccoli Salad

A healthy, hearty broccoli salad loaded with plump grapes and crunchy pecans tossed in a “skinny” Greek yogurt dressing!

10 minutes10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces farfalle pasta
  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets and finely chopped
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. To make the dressing, whisk together mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, vinegar, sugar, thyme, salt and pepper, to taste, in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. In a large bowl, combine pasta, bacon, broccoli, grapes, red onion, pecans and Greek yogurt dressing.
  5. Serve immediately.

Adapted from Eat Yourself Skinny.

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52 comments

  1. They look so easy . Will try your recipe tomorrow. Thank for sharing!

  2. This dish is delicious. I will definitely do it when I have free time

  3. It’s a creative recipe for Broccoli salad more and more attractive. I love it !

  4. Yep, tried it last months and it is Delicious. You can have lots of variations of this salad as well. Great share. Thanks

  5. Brilliant Recipe Chungah! Broccoli is my top pick!
    I loved the toppings specially. Can’t wait to try…

  6. I need to make these, they look yummy.

  7. What a wonderful and colorful salad!!
    Without the bacon (it’s forbidden for us) and it’s the perfect salad for me.
    I’m definitely making it SOON !!

  8. Your salad looks so great, but this is the first time I’ve seen grapes in the salad, so hope that the combination of broccoli and grapes won’t make me disappointed, thanks for sharing.

  9. I often make vegetables salad, but this is the first time I make broccoli salad following your recipe. And the result, you know, awesome!!! All of my family’s member like it

  10. I made this without the pasta to cut down on the calories and it was a great salad. So much crunch and the yogurt/mayo dressing was light and tasty, without feeling overly sugary.

  11. Made this today. It was very good. I steamed the broccoli quickly and then put it in cold water,as I am not crazy about raw broccoli. Great salad idea..even my husband who never eats broccoliliked it..

  12. Looks delicious. Can this be served as a cold dish?

  13. This is NOT vegetarian. It has bacon in it.

  14. love this site; beautiful food photos, fun design, love the logo…and the recipes sound so delicious! I just found you and I’m so glad I did. can’t wait to try out your recipes. 🙂

  15. I’m not a huge raw broccoli fan so when I’ve made broccoli, raisin,bacon salad before I just put the broccoli in a steamer and steam until it’s just bright green. Then I run it under ice cold water to stop the cooking process. It still has plenty of crunch but not the raw taste I don’t love. Your lightened version looks amazing – I’m making this today!

  16. This salad was excellent. Will make again for a party this weekend

  17. Brilliant. Grapes AND broccoli. Two favorites I never thought of eating together. I’m making this soon and I’m not sharing. haha 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

  18. How long does this last after mixed, in the fridge?

  19. Loved this salad! I used prosciutto instead of bacon and sprinkled it on top. Next time I would only use 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar because I found that a little strong. But amazing never the less. Thanks for sharing!

  20. LOVED IT…. I used quinoa instead of pasta. My husband and I had light rye toast with it. Soooooo good. I’m loving this site. Thank You.

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  22. Looks fantastic, but can I skip the sugar and mayo?

    • You can certainly omit these ingredients but please remember that by doing so, I cannot speak for how much this will change in the overall taste or texture of the dish. I recommend using the specified ingredients listed in the recipe whenever possible for optimal results.

  23. Hi Chung-ah, I hope you don´t mind I made this recipe and posted it in my blog. Of course I mentioned you and by now, my Spanish friends will be reading it. Here´s the link if you want to see it done, I´ve made some variations, I didn´t have pecan nuts or that pasta shape at the moment.
    Love from Spain
    Marialuisa

    http://decocinasytacones.blogspot.com.es/2014/02/una-ensalada-hippy-ensalada-de-uvas.html

  24. I made the Broccoli Salad and loved it. I normally would have not make something like this but the combination of ingredients sounded good. It was a perfect mix of crunch, and sweetness. I did not add the bacon and it was still delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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  26. I need to try this soon! It sounds like a great anytime salad! Freshness!

  27. I’m loving this skinny recipe! Everything about this looks delicious.

  28. This was so good, even my finicky daughter asked for seconds!

  29. So I’m not typically a raw broccoli fan, but I think you’ve convinced me here, Chung-Ah…this salad looks and sounds delicious!

  30. My sister-in-law loves broccoli salad! She makes a version with raisins and bacon. I love that yours includes pasta!

  31. This salad brings back memories of a broccoli salad I used to order all the time. Love the mix of colors and textures!

  32. I love broccoli so much. I eat it almost daily, so this salad sounds delicious!!

  33. Keep it up – I love salads!

  34. You make the most beautiful salads. Inspiring and such great photos!

  35. Love the Greek yogurt, and the grapes!

  36. This sounds like just my kind of salad and love the idea of the Greek yoghurt substitution. I do this all the time but never tried it as a salad dressing.

  37. Healthy never looked better or more delicious! And if the healthy dishes keep coming like this, there’s no way I could get sick of them.

  38. That looks oh so yummy! Great recipe 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  39. I can’t wait for the cheddar bay biscuits!!! 😉

  40. This looks so beautiful — the only weird thing to me would be the pasta. Is it totally essential to the flavor profile? I’m imagining a sweet, juicy grape & a bite of pasta together and it isn’t working for me. Any thoughts?

    • Marina, this is really based on personal preference. This is more of a pasta salad, and it’s amazing what the flavor combination is with a sweet, plump grape along with some pasta. If you’re not on board, feel free to omit the pasta.

  41. Many varieties of broccoli salad are laden with too much sugar! I love your version!

  42. What a wonderful and colorful salad!!
    Without the bacon (it’s forbidden for us) and it’s the perfect salad for me.
    I’m definitely making it SOON !!

  43. Broccoli salad is one of my favorites! I love that you lightened it up and used GY here instead of the mayo. I actually am unfamiliar with grapes in my broccoli salad, but I bet they add the perfect crunch and sweetness!
    P.s….absolutely gorgeous lighting…as per always!

  44. My mom used to make the best broc salad and she’d hold off on the bacon til I got my portion 🙂 And yours looks AMAZING!!! Like, I want this, right now. Broc salad slaw dressing is the best stuff ever!