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Creamy Broccoli Salad – Great BBQ Side Dish

This creamy broccoli salad is the perfect side dish to serve along with BBQ recipes.  It is very easy to make and full of healthy goodness and flavor.This creamy broccoli salad has been lighted up for a healthier take on the traditional favorite. Don't let that fool you retains ALL the flavor.

Broccoli and bacon are a match made in heaven when it comes to salads. There are so many ways to make them fit into your eating plan no matter what diet you follow.  See my keto bacon and broccoli salad for another tasty option.

The traditional version is loaded with cheese and has extra sugar. I omitted the cheese and added both cranberries, plump raisins and nuts to give it sweetness and crunch.

The bacon gives it richness and light mayo rounds it out for a clean eating salad that is sure to be a hit. The end result is a salad loaded with flavor but much lower in calories and fat and no dairy.Ingredients for the creamy broccoli salad

Are you excited for the summer grilling season? Cooking outdoors is one of our favorite ways to entertain guests this time of the year.  That means having easy to make side dishes that can be done quickly and won’t heat up the kitchen.

This creamy broccoli salad is super easy to make.

This recipe is an adaptation of a not quite as healthy version that my sister in law makes. I love it, but am trying to omit dairy from my diet and so the cheese had to go.

But don’t let that omission think you will be missing flavor.  The taste of this delicious side dish is amazing.Yummy broccoli salad makes a great side dish

The salad is so easy to make, just toss everything except for the dressing ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.Combine everything and toss well.

Stevia leaf extract replaces sugar and plump raisins add more sweetness. Cranberries gives it a nice tartness and who doesn’t like bacon?

Cooking bacon in the oven allows the fat to cook away and crisps it up beautifully, saving even more calories and fat.Add stevia leaf powder to sweeten the dressing

Add the dressing to the mixed salad veggies and mix until everything is well coated. I usually add the dressing a few hours before serving and then keep it in the fridge.

This looks like a lot of dressing but works out to only a tablespoon per serving.Add the salad dressing to the creamy broccoli salad

This creamy broccoli salad is ready for a taste!Take a bite of this creamy broccoli salad

Crunchy, creamy, sweet and tart with the healthy goodness of broccoli and vidalia onions. YUM!Creamy broccoli and bacon salad

This salad is gluten free and dairy free. You will love knowing that you’ve lightened it up but left all the flavor.  Enjoy!Yummy broccoli salad makes a great side dish

For another healthy lunch time or side dish salad, try this Greek Chopped Salad with a home made vinaigrette dressing.

Yield: 6

Creamy Broccoli Salad - Great BBQ Side Dish

Creamy Broccoli Salad - Great BBQ Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 lb. fresh broccoli, cut into bite sized florets
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 small vidalia onion, diced finely
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup plump raisins
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 3/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia leaf Extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt and cracked black pepper


  • Toss broccoli with bacon, onion, cranberries, raisins and pecans.
  • Whisk together the light mayo, stevia leaf extract and vinegar. Toss the dressing with the broccoli salad an hour or two before serving. Season with sea salt and cracked black pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir before serving. Enjoy!
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