Lightened Up Vinaigrette Broccoli Salad

Lightened Up Vinaigrette Broccoli Salad.

I love broccoli  – cooked or raw.
And I love broccoli salad.

The traditional version has a creamy mayonnaise-based dressing, and it is delicious!

But I was looking for a way to “lighten it up” a bit when making dinner one day this week, so I tried it with a vinaigrette dressing instead.

And it is DELISH too!

It is lighter and fresher tasting, and it is about half the calories of the traditional version!

This really is a nice twist on a classic that is healthier and just as yummy.

Here is how I made it.

Lightened Up Vinaigrette Broccoli Salad


  • 4 cups fresh fresh broccoli florets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 thinly sliced, chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 large sweet red pepper, thinly sliced and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 slices bacon, diced and cooked
  • Vinaigrette:
    • 2 Tbsp apple cider (or your favorite – red wine, white, etc.) vinegar
    • 2 Tbsp sugar
    • 2 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2 Tbsp freshly ground pepper

Directions:  Combine first seven ingredients in large bowl.  Whisk together vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl.  Pour over salad and toss to coat well.  Refrigerate for several hours before serving.


Cheers & Hugs,

37 thoughts on “Lightened Up Vinaigrette Broccoli Salad

  1. Once again, Benjamin and I have differing opinions. Benjamin says : “I only like leafs and carrots in salad, not little trees!” Need I even say…Please, remove the detestable onions from an otherwise yumalicious lunch! Thank-you x 2!!

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    • Yes – removing the onions are a must for you my dear Ellen. And Benjamin you really should try broccoli it’s quite delicious. And if you don’t think so now give it a try in a couple years and you might love it!👍😉❤️


  2. Love how colorful and healthy this recipe is!! 💚💚💚
    I’m a big broccoli fan, mostly raw but tonight I made a chicken and broccoli casserole that was super good… now if I can just remember what I did! Haha! Thans for you recipe, Jodi! 😜

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