My easy Whole30 Broccoli Salad is one of my most popular sides. 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!
Why We Love It
This Whole30 Broccoli Salad is also Gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo, Keto, with nut-free and egg-free options. It’s more interesting than just raw veggies but more portable than hot ones. Plus, the amounts of the stir-ins (fruit, nuts, seeds) easily adjusted to your personal preference.
No cooking required for this side! Just chop up some fresh broccoli into small florets, then add all the delicious add-ins. I like to use my Homemade Mayo to make this budget-friendly.
It’s delicious still the next day, so it can be a great make ahead. This one is always a hit among Whole30 and non-Whole30 alike. Similar to broccoli salad sold in most deli’s, it’s flavorful and nutrient dense. I don’t like raw broccoli, but I love this!
VEGAN OPTION – Need a vegan option? Leave off the bacon and use a vegan mayo like the Primal Kitchen one shared below (ingredients).
A Budget-Friendly Dish
This dish, like most of my recipes, is budget-friendly. I can find all the ingredients at my local Walmart or at most grocery stores. I can’t tell you how much this dish will cost YOU to make, but, here is the price breakdown in my area of local California to give you an idea.
- Fresh Broccoli – I like mine broken down into small, bite-sized florets around 1″ or less.
- Broccoli Slaw – I find this in the bagged fresh produce section by the coleslaw. Or, if you can’t find it, use an addition 2 cups of broccoli florets instead.
- Bacon – Cooked and crumbled, it takes this salad to the next level. Vegan or can’t find a compatible option? The bacon is optional!
- Red Seedless Grapes – Grapes add a delicious touch of sweetness and great texture. You can also swap with an equal amount of finely chopped apples.
- Sliced Almonds or Chopped Cashews – These give the salad a great crunch and texture variety. Need nut free? Leave these out altogether or swap with an equal amount of pumpkin seeds.
- Sunflower Seeds – These add texture and healthy fat. You can swap pumpkin seeds instead.
- Mayo – I prefer to use my homemade Whole30 Mayo, but a store-bought mayo works too! If you are on a Whole30, just make sure it’s Whole30 compatible, like this Whole30 Approved Primal Kitchen Mayo or Vegan Mayo. Or, if you are doing a Plant-Based Whole30 or need a vegan mayo option, I recommend this recipe here.
- Date Paste – This is just dates softened and then blended into hot water. A great natural way to add a touch of sweetness to this sauce. And yes, it’s Whole30 compatible!
- Red wine vinegar – Yes, red wine vinegar is compatible on Whole30. All vinegars are except malt vinegar. You can read more about that rule here.
Whole30 Broccoli Salad
- 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
- 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.
- 1 cup pitted dates, packed
- 1/2 cup very hot water
- 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.