Healthy Broccoli Salad swaps avocado for mayo and honey for refined sugar! The best part is this salad is so delicious that my friends and family do not even miss the sugar or mayo! In fact, this recipe is preferred!

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Healthy Broccoli Salad INGREDIENTS

This great recipe uses fresh broccoli florets, avocado, bacon, onion, seeds, and raisins. These ingredients are easy to find and if you are lucky, you may have them all on hand now!

healthy broccoli salad ingredients

You will need to make this recipe

  • broccoli crowns
  • raisins (2 – 3 tiny boxes) or Craisins
  • red onion
  • sunflower seeds (optional)
  • bacon (pre-cooked works great)
  • avocado (make sure it is soft)
  • honey
  • apple cider vinegar


Honey or Maple syrup work in this recipe. I have also used Agave syrup.

If you prefer more sauce or your broccoli heads were extra large just double the avocado, vinegar, and honey or maple syrup.

Serving and Storage

This salad takes great the next day. I feel like about 3 days in the refrigerator is it’s limit.

Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Since this healthy broccoli salad has bacon and avocado, this could be served as a main course or it certainly makes a beautiful, natural side dish.

HOW TO MAKE Healthy Broccoli Salad

  1. Make the broccoli salad dressing first by mashing the ripe avocado in a medium bowl. mash advocado for the healthy avocado salad
  2. Next, add the honey and apple cider vinegar. Stir well and set aside.stir the sauce well for the broccoli salad
  3. In a large bowl, combine all other ingredients. healthy broccoli salad mixed ingredients
  4. Pour the sauce over the other ingredients. Stir. sauce poured over the broccoli salad and served in a blue bowl
Healthy Broccoli Salad ready to eat served in a blue bowl with fork
yummy bite of healthy broccoli salad

Healthy Broccoli Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 2 good sized broccoli crowns about 7-8 cups chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup raisins 2 – 3 tiny boxes (Craisins also work well and are red and pretty)
  • 1/2 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds shelled, optional
  • 1 cup chopped bacon pre-cooked works great about a 2.68 ounce package 15 slices
  • 1 avocado make sure it is soft
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar


  • Make a sauce first by mashing the avocado and adding in the honey and apple cider vinegar. Stir well then pour over the other ingredients. Stir.


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 769mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 989IU | Vitamin C: 139mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 8
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Alison N

Meet some Super Food Healthy Swaps

This Healthy Broccoli Salad swaps avocado for mayo and honey for refined sugar. Avocado steps in with healthy fat AND protein that kicks mayo to the curb. Refined sugar? Nope, the super-food honey steps in with natural sweetness.

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