Skinny Creamy Broccoli Salad

This Skinny Creamy Broccoli Salad is packed with broccoli, bacon, red onions, sunflower seeds and tossed together with a creamy ranch dressing!! The combination of all the flavors makes this Broccoli Salad irresistible!

Skinny Creamy Broccoli Salad: A Healthful Twist on a Classic Favorite

Introduction

Indulge in the perfect marriage of flavor and nutrition with our Skinny Creamy Broccoli Salad. This delightful rendition takes a beloved classic and transforms it into a healthful yet delicious dish, making it an ideal addition to your repertoire of wholesome recipes.

Wholesome Ingredients

Crafted with an emphasis on nutrition, this salad begins with a generous serving of fresh broccoli florets, providing a robust base packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. The inclusion of crisp red onions and colorful cherry tomatoes adds a burst of freshness and visual appeal, while also contributing vital nutrients.

Creamy Dressing Magic

The secret to this skinny version lies in the creamy dressing. Utilizing a light Greek yogurt base instead of traditional mayonnaise, we maintain the creamy texture without compromising on nutritional value. The dressing is elevated with a hint of Dijon mustard for a tangy kick, and a touch of honey for a subtle sweetness, creating a perfect balance of flavors.

Nutty Crunch

To add a satisfying crunch and a dose of heart-healthy fats, we incorporate a medley of chopped almonds or walnuts. This not only enhances the texture but also introduces a delightful nuttiness that complements the creamy dressing and crisp vegetables.

Flavorful Seasoning

A judicious seasoning of salt, pepper, and a dash of garlic powder ties the elements together, elevating the overall taste profile. This careful seasoning ensures that each bite is a symphony of flavors, showcasing the natural goodness of the ingredients.

Serving Suggestions

This Skinny Creamy Broccoli Salad isn’t just a side dish; it’s a versatile culinary creation. Serve it as a refreshing accompaniment at barbecues, picnics, or potlucks. Alternatively, elevate it to a light meal by adding grilled chicken or shrimp for a protein boost, making it a well-rounded and satisfying option for any occasion.

Conclusion: A Nutrient-Rich Delight

In conclusion, our Skinny Creamy Broccoli Salad is a testament to the belief that wholesome eating can be both delicious and nourishing. By carefully selecting nutrient-dense ingredients and optimizing the dressing, we’ve created a salad that doesn’t compromise on taste while aligning seamlessly with a health-conscious lifestyle. Elevate your culinary experience with this vibrant and satisfying dish, making each bite a celebration of flavor and well-being.

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 heads of broccoli, or about 5 cups, cut into bite size pieces
  • 8 slices center cut bacon or Hormel precooked bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded or cubed ( I use Velveeta Shreds)
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup dry and roasted sunflower seeds
  • handful of craisins, optional

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/2 ( .5 oz.) dry ranch dressing packet
  • 1/2 cup Kraft light mayo
  • 1 cup non fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond or skim milk
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • pinch of sugar sweetener ( I use Lakanto Classic Monkfruit Sweetener)

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine broccoli pieces, red onion, sunflower seeds and cheese.
  2. Meanwhile make the dressing: In a small bow combine, mayonnaise, vinegar, dry ranch mix, salt, sweetener, unsweetened almond or skim milk, and yogurt. Whisk until well combined.
  3. Pour dressing over broccoli salad mix. Toss until all ingredients are well combined.
  4. Sprinkle the salad with cooked bacon crumbles. Toss just before serving.
  5. Garnish with handful of craisins, if desired for addtional points.
  6. Store in an airtight container the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Makes 7 ( 1 cup) servings

3 Points® per serving

Smartpoints: Green, Blue, and Purple: 4 SmartPoints per serving

What other ingredients could I add to this salad?

Cubed cheese
Raisins
Cashews
Pecans
Cherry tomatoes
White onion rather than red onion

Nutrition Information:

YIELD:7

SERVING SIZE:1

Amount Per Serving: CALORIES: 177TOTAL FAT: 13gSATURATED FAT: 3gTRANS FAT: 0gUNSATURATED FAT: 0gCHOLESTEROL: 26mgSODIUM: 342mgCARBOHYDRATES: 6gNET CARBOHYDRATES: 5gFIBER: 1gSUGAR: 3gPROTEIN: 10g

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Welcome! I’m Anosh the owner and founder of Low Carb Diet World. I created this website back in 2013 as a way to save keto-low carb recipes and share them with others.