Creamy Broccoli Salad

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This Creamy Broccoli Salad is full of nutritious and delicious ingredients that are sure to entice your taste-buds and win you over!

When I set out to make a salad, there’s never really much of a plan. It usually ends up being a “throw everything in the fridge in a big bowl” sort of deal. So when I decided to make a broccoli salad the other day, the sky was the limit! Or, at least the back of my fridge was. 😉

I’m not one to usually eat broccoli raw, especially since I struggled with an intolerance to it before going on the GAPS diet a few years ago, but mixed in with other things, I love it!

Creamy broccoli salad

The beginning of something delicious.

Now back to my fridge…

Broccoli? Check.

Bacon? Definitely.

Cheese. Of course!

Homemade mayo? Sounds good!

And how could I say no to those raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and organic raisins I had been saving for something special? With these ingredients, there’s not much that could go wrong!

Creamy broccoli salad

Of course, broccoli is full of beneficial nutrients like potassium, calcium, protein and vitamin C, and also known to improve digestion, lower cholesterol, help the body detox and absorb vitamins and minerals, give the immune system a boost, and eliminate inflammation. It’s a pretty impressive veggie!

And as for mayo, I don’t go for the store-bought version. It usually full of unnecessary ingredients, but homemade can be a totally different story! I grew up with homemade mayo, and since becoming a mom, I’ve taken my own mother’s recipe, made a few changes, and now I love adding it to salads! It’s full of healthy fats, free-range eggs, and a touch of apple cider vinegar.

Pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, are a good source of magnesium, zinc, and are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3s. And raisins are also full of potassium and magnesium!

Though my husband wasn’t too excited about my rather random ingredient list, after his first bite, he was hooked! I’m pretty sure you’ll be, too. This salad is super easy to throw together and filling enough to stand as a lunch.

Creamy broccoli salad

5.0 from 3 reviews
Creamy Broccoli Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 heads fresh broccoli, chopped bite-size
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked, cooled, and crumbled (use nitrate-free)
  • 1 c. shredded colby-jack cheese (or more!)
  • ½ c. raisins
  • ½ c. raw pepitas
  • ½ c. mayonnaise
  • ½ c. sour cream
  • 2 T. honey
Instructions
  1. Throw all ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Enjoy!
Notes
Store leftovers in the fridge.

 

Raia
Raia lives in the south with her husband/best-friend, five wonderfully crazy kids, six free-range chickens, and a gazillion mosquitoes. In between being a full time wife, mom, and homeschool teacher, she blogs over at RaiasRecipes.com, where she shares all her gluten-free and allergy-friendly food.
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  • This is a feel good salad and I would feel good after eating this. Must give it a try.

  • I’m a huge fan of broccoli and this looks like an awesome side. Bet it would pair great with chicken or salmon.

  • We love broccoli salad and this creamy version sounds delightful!

  • Creamy Broccoli Salad looks amazing, love all the texture and crunch factor you have added here. I see many salads on the net but few compete with your Creamy Broccoli Salad! Thank you for sharing such an inspiring salad of epic proportions!

  • Love the textures here and I bet this dish is a great accompaniment to most dishes

  • Platter Talk says:

    Texture and flavors rule in this fresh dish! Looking forward to trying. Thanks.!

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