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Whole30 Broccoli Salad - An awesome veggie side dish that is Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free. Fabulous in cold lunches or to bring to any party, picnic, or potluck!

Gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, Keto, with nut-free and egg-free options. Budget-friendly and EASY! This one is always a hit among Whole30 and non-Whole30 alike. It’s more interesting than just raw veggies but more portable than hot ones. Amounts of the stir-ins (fruit, nuts, seeds) easily adjusted to your personal preference. I used to bring this to all my Whole30 Introduction potlucks at the gym and it was devoured every time. Perfect for potlucks, BBQs, picnics, or just an every day veggie boost!

     

Whole30 Broccoli Salad - An awesome veggie side dish that is Whole30, Paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free. Fabulous in cold lunches or to bring to any party, picnic, or potluck!

Whole30 Broccoli Salad

Autumn, @wholefoodfor7
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Servings 9 1-cup servings

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups fresh broccoli broken down into small florets
  • 2 cups store-bought broccoli slaw or another 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 8 slices compliant bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes halved
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds or chopped cashews
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup mayo compatible, if on Whole30. See note.
  • 1/4 cup date paste see link in notes
  • 2 T red wine vinegar

Instructions
 

  • SOAK dates in hot water in small bowl or cup.
  • TRIM broccoli florets. Optional, but I like the florets to be small and without a lot of stem. I cut the stems off large florets and then cut them into halves or fourths with kitchen shears. 
  • COMBINE dry ingredients (broccoli through raisins) in a large bowl.
  • BLEND together mayo, date paste, and vinegar in a blender or small food processor.
  • STIR mayo mixture into dry ingredients.
  • SERVE cold and store in the fridge.

Notes

Use my 5-minute Whole30 Mayo recipe for the mayo!
Find my easy Date Paste recipe HERE or below. Fantastic for naturally sweetening sauces! You can also just use 6 pitted dates soaked in hot water for 5 minutes  (discard the hot water after soaking) blended into the mayo instead for this recipe, but it will result in a sauce that isn't as smooth - I recommend the date paste!

Date Paste

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Servings 8 tablespoons

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup pitted dates, packed
  • 1/2 cup very hot water

Instructions
 

  • Combine dates and hot water in a bowl and let sit for 1 minute. I usually press them down into the water a bit to ensure they are all soaking.
  • Place dates and all the liquid in a blender or food processor and process for 30 seconds, or until smooth
  • Store in a closed container in the fridge for up to 3-4 weeks.

 
 

30 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This was simple to make and tastes delicious!

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  2. Sooo good!!! This will be a staple for sure, my husband and daughter loved it as well. I added some red onion as well. Thank you so much. I think the dates in the mayo with the red wine vinegar would make a great base for some dips as well.

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  3. 5 stars
    This was so amazing! I just have to share that I did not have broccoli but I had brussel sprouts! I warmed them up in the microwave to soften them. This salad is so yummy! I brought it to a cook out and people loved it!

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  4. 5 stars
    Delicious. The whole family LOVED it. It’s like the traditional broccoli salad that everyone is used to… but SO MUCH BETTER!

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  5. 5 stars
    So delicious! Better than any other broccoli salad I’ve had!

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    • Woot woot! Happy this is a new favorite, thank you!

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  6. 5 stars
    Easy to make and tasted great. I blanched my broccoli before hand.

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  7. 5 stars
    This salad is delicious. Made it for our Easter dinner 2021.

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  8. Just made this for Easter Sunday. Found date syrup at grocery outlet! Great salad!!

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  9. This salad was so delicious!! The one I usually eat has 1/2 cup sugar but this was was even better!!! The only person in the house who wasn’t impressed was the kid who lives on roasted broccoli. Everyone wants this again and again!

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    • I’m so happy this was a sugar-free swap your family enjoyed, thank you!

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  10. 5 stars
    Hands down THE BEAT broccoli salad, whole30 or not. We make it almost weekly, especially in the summer. Perfect dish to take to a potluck or bbq.

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    • We love it all year round too! Thank you, so happy it’s a favorite!

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  11. 5 stars
    This is the best broccoli salad I’ve ever had!! Paired it with your blackened chicken and it was a major success!!

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    • Mmmm, that’s an awesome combo. So happy you love this veggie dish like we do, thank you!

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  12. 5 stars
    Thanks for taking an old favorite and making it better! I can’t tell at all that the traditional white sugar has been replaced with nutritious dates! Yum!

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    • I’m so happy this option was a delicious win, thank you!

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  13. What if you dont have dates? Any substitutions for that?

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    • If you aren’t on a Whole30, you can sweeten with 1 tablespoon of another sweetener like coconut sugar or honey. Enjoy!

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      • 5 stars
        I just made this and it is so, so good! I had trouble getting the dates to blend smoothly, though. Is there a certain type that works better? Or maybe I didn’t soak them long enough? I’ve never used them before.

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        • Great question! I have since switched to making the dates into a date paste before adding it to the mayo for this very reason! See the recipe for updates. So glad you enjoyed this one, thank you!

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  14. 5 stars
    This was good and a nice change from cooked broccoli. I left out the bacon to make it fit my budget better and it still takes great. I just made such to use salted nuts.

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  15. 5 stars
    This is one of the best broccoli salads I’ve ever tasted! I love how easy it is to change up the ingredients to accommodate what you have on hand. My husband doesn’t really like broccoli, but he loves this salad and requests it often. We like to make a big batch on the weekend and eat it all week long, it is that good.

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    • YAY that this converted your husband! I love it, thank you!

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  16. 5 stars
    One of my favorite side dishes. We eliminate the nuts due to an allergy and it’s still great.

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    • I’m so happy this is a favorite! And great tip on leaving out the nuts if needed. Thank you!

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  17. 5 stars
    This is a go to on whole30! My family all loved this broccoli salad! They literally were skipping the main dish to just eat more of this stuff. And I’ve made it using non whole30 ingredients as well and it’s always yummy. Even loved by my 6 and 10 year olds who are typically more picky.

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    • This family win makes me so happy! Thrilled this is a go-to for your family : )

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  18. 5 stars
    This was a delicious salad. I had all the ingredients except the raisins and sunflower seeds and almonds and red wine vinegar. But I toasted sliced hazelnuts instead and subbed rice vinegar for the red wine vinegar! So very good!

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    • Awesome, I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! And YES, it’s definitely flexible and I love that you rocked those substitutions. I also sometimes haven’t had grapes on hand and used chopped apple instead. Thank you!

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