Loaded Broccoli Salad

This easy-to-make simple broccoli salad is loaded with everything good - bacon, apples, cheese, onion, carrots, craisins, walnuts, and of course fresh broccoli. Toss it with the homemade dressing and it will be a delicious side dish for all your summer BBQ's.


This Loaded Broccoli Salad is a favorite all year round. But goes great with your summer BBQ’s.  I have tried a lot of different broccoli salads and I took all my favorite parts of each salad and combined them.

Summer potlucks and parties are all about the food and I love that broccoli salad is a delicious alternative to the potato salads and jello salads that are served at BBQs.

I love broccoli salad because it’s loaded with nutrients and vitamins (it’s the only way I will eat fresh broccoli!) and the added flavor of the dressing makes this a crowd favorite!

I wanted to make a dish that could be thrown together in the shortest amount of time possible, so I am going to share some short cuts with you that make this such an easy dish!

My first time-saving tip is to use the fresh broccoli florets that you can purchase from the produce section at your local Kroger. This not only saves me time, but also the mess that happens when you are chopping up broccoli!

If you want, you can chop up the broccoli into even smaller pieces, but it is completely up to you.

Some broccoli salads will have you blanch the broccoli before making the salad (which means to cook it for a short time in boiling water and then cool it down in an ice bath), but that is not needed for this recipe.

I feel that raw, fresh broccoli is the best in this dish and with all the other ingredients that are added to compliment the broccoli, blanching is not a necessary step. Toss that broccoli in a bowl and move on to the next step!

My next time-saving tip is using these Kroger shredded carrots – all you have to do is dump them in! No peeling, no cutting, no dicing . . . using shredded carrots from the produce section at Kroger makes this salad so easy to throw together.


Loaded Broccoli Salad ingredients:

  1. Red Onion
  2. Gala Apple
  3. Craisins
  4. Chopped Walnuts
  5. Sharp Cheddar Cheese (cubed)
  6. Bacon
  7. Mayonnaise
  8. Plain Greek Yogurt
  9. Red Wine Vinegar
  10. Lemon Juice
  11. Sugar

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  • Mixing bowl (THIS stacking set is great)
  • Knives (THESE are great for dicing and chopping veggies)

how to make loaded broccoli salad:


Combine the chopped apple, onion, cheese, and bacon into a large bowl. This salad will feed the masses, so you want to make sure you have a bowl big enough to hold all of it!

Now mix together the dressing ingredients. The dressing for this salad is simple – only 5 ingredients needed.

After trying a lot of different broccoli salad recipes over the years, I decided to mix it up by using equal parts mayonnaise and Greek yogurt.

I feel that the Greek yogurt makes the dressing a little tangier and not so mayonnaise-heavy.

I also added a little bit of red wine vinegar, fresh lemon juice, and a tiny bit of sugar.

Some broccoli salads use TONS of sugar in their dressing (up to 3/4 cup!), but it is just not necessary with the flavors that we have from the other ingredients.

Mix the dressing ingredients together and gently fold it into the broccoli salad. You can serve immediately, but I actually prefer to let it sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving to really let the flavors meld together.

This salad will stay fresh 1-2 days in the fridge and I personally feel that the flavors get better after each day! If you have a favorite way to make Broccoli Salad, please share in the comments below!


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Serves: 12

Loaded Broccoli Salad

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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  • 4 cups broccoli florets (chopped)
  • 2/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1 Gala apple (diced)
  • 1/2 cup Craisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 4 ounces block sharp cheddar cheese (cubed)
  • 8 strips bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • Dressing ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (fresh is best)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar


  1. In a large bowl, mix together broccoli, carrots, onion, apple, Craisins, walnuts, cheese, and bacon.
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine dressing ingredients.
  3. Gently fold the dressing into the broccoli bowl until all ingredients are coated with dressing.
  4. Cover and chill in the fridge for 2 hours before serving.
  5. Salad will remain fresh for up to 2 days covered in the fridge.


gluten free
wheat free
seafood free
sesame free
mustard free



2467 cal


120 g


248 g


92 g
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11 Responses to “Loaded Broccoli Salad”

  1. Rachel
    I made this tonight because I wanted to try it! I have made a broccoli salad before that had grapes in it. I was excited to try the craisins! This was delicious, although nobody else in my house wanted to try it so guess that means more for me! My friend was over and she tried it and loved it too. This is a nice change from regular salad and would be great to take to a barbeque. I didn't have low fat mayo so I just used regular and I am not a fan of greek yogurt but I used it. I will definitely make this again! Thank you for the recipe! I might try it with pecans next time!
  2. Love love love! It was addicting! Shared some with a friend tonight. My oldest daughter will be eating some tomorrow and have some to give my in laws! Looking like this is gonna be a regular for me for awhile! Only thing I changed was skipping the mayo, just used double Greek yogurt.
  3. Jeanne Morton
    I took this to a potluck lunch today and it was well received by all. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. This doesn't taste like "diet food" at all, but I am following Weight Watchers and this is 6 Smart Points per serving and is delicious. I can stay true to the WW program if I eat yummy food along the way. (BTW, I cooked the bacon and set it aside in the fridge since one of the girls is a vegetarian, and I thought I could serve it separately. Left it at home. Dang! But it was still great.)
    • Hi Jeanne, So good to hear from you and thanks for leaving such a nice comment on our loaded broccoli salad. We appreciate you stopping by our site for recipes. And way to go for being to good with Weight Watchers. Glad the broccoli salad helped keep you on track! :) Have a terrific weekend.

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