Broccoli Slaw Recipe

Recipes, Side Dishes, Yum-Yum by Amy Johnson

This crunchy savory Broccoli Slaw Recipe with ginger and toasted almonds, and just a bit of sweetness, is a tasty addition to any meal, and oh so easy to prepare!

Family and church potlucks always bring about an array of dishes. There always seems to be those certain dishes that show up every single time. And I do like that. Those dishes are the ones that I look forward to the most. Funny thing is that they are all side dishes. It’s all about the side dishes, people. Whether it is green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, pasta salad or broccoli salad, I never tire of them. Never.

This Broccoli Slaw is one of those side dishes that has quickly become a regular attendee at any potluck or cookout. There’s a good reason for that. It’s savory and crunchy and pretty nutritious too! And side dish making doesn’t get much easier than this recipe either. It’s super easy. Tasty and easy? That’s a good combo any day.

As I mentioned (over and over again) this Broccoli Slaw is such an easy side dish to prepare and can be put together a day ahead of time. Quickly whisk the dressing together, add the remaining ingredients, and toss to coat. That’s it! So if you have a potluck dinner, picnic, cookout or are just in the mood for a tasty crunchy side Broccoli Slaw would be perfect!

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 cups (about 24 oz) broccoli slaw* (shredded broccoli stems)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 3/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • additional salt and pepper to taste
  • optional garnish- chopped fresh cilantro or parsley


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, sugar until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in the mayonnaise, ginger, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper until smooth.
  2. Add the broccoli, shredded carrots and purple cabbage, red onion, and toasted almonds. Toss to coat. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve (up to a day).
  3. Optional: garnish with chopped fresh cilantro or parsley.


*Pre-shredded broccoli slaw is available at many grocers. If you use it, and it includes carrots and purple cabbage you may delete the shredded carrots and purple cabbage from the ingredient list.

Updated on January 28, 2019 by Amy Johnson

This is not only our FAVORITE Broccoli Slaw recipe, it is also one of the most quick and easy side dishes we make. This Broccoli Slaw recipe is packed with delicious flavors like crunchy cashews, fresh apples, sweet craisins and savory bacon that are all wrapped in a dressing that is equally creamy and tangy. We love pairing this with meat when we are grilling or some of our other easy favorites like burgers or barbecue for a great wholesome side option. As a bonus this Broccoli Slaw recipe can be adapted to be friendly for many special dietary needs.

The Best Broccoli Slaw Recipe

Broccoli slaw wasn’t something I ate growing up… or in college… or well into my adult years. I can remember the first time I had it though. My friend Jennifer had made it and had a hilarious story about a Broccoli Slaw fail she had. Since I had never eaten it, I was curious and once I took a taste it was love at first bite.

Fast forward years later and I had eaten broccoli slaw several times over the years but never made it. One day when I was walking the aisles at Trader Joe’s I saw a big bag of broccoli slaw mix staring at me. I did think back to the Broccoli Slaw fail story and with a little giggle I threw it in the basket.

When I got home I knew I needed to figure out the best way to make this, so after lots of research and trials to make the perfect broccoli slaw dressing I hit it just right. Now the only thing left was decide what to put in it. First off, cashews for crunch. I went with cashews over other nuts, first because I had a big thing of them in the pantry. Second, they are really delicious and a really healthy nut option. I used salted to give the salad a little more flavor. Next was the apple because it was a way I could really bulk it up without adding a lot of unnecessary calories or fat (I mean it is supposed to be a salad after all, right?!) . The apples also give it a lot of freshness and a little bit of sweet. The craisins are a classic flavor for broccoli slaw to me and give it a little bit more depth, but if you are trying to limit added sugars you can leave them out. And finally the bacon. I am not a bacon lover myself but I knew this little addition would add an extra layer of deliciousness to win my husband over. And that it did! He might or might not have eaten 3 servings which is a pretty big deal for him!

The dressing is simple and just two ingredients but really brings the salad together in a major way. Although it is a mayonnaise base, this salad is in no way mayonnaise-y or heavy. It is however light, sweet, tangy, crunchy and completely delicious!

All together these flavors really marry to be something special. It is really something when everyone from my husband to my 5 year old daughter clean their plate of a vegetable and ask for more!

Broccoli Slaw Serving Ideas

This Broccoli Slaw recipe is really special and really can be eaten all on it’s own as a light lunch or dinner. You could add chicken or steak to the top to make it a more hearty meal. We most often serve it as a side though, and then I can be seen eating the leftovers as lunch the following few days. Below are some of my favorite dishes to serve this broccoli slaw with:

  • Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
  • Grilled Chicken, Steak, or Burgers
  • Pesto Chicken
  • Buffalo Chicken
  • Grilled Pork Chops
  • Pressure Cooker Pot Roast

If you have a favorite way to eat broccoli slaw, or a favorite dish to serve it with, let me know in the comments. I would love to try it out!

How to Make Broccoli Slaw

Making this Broccoli Slaw recipe is simple! There are only a few basic ingredients and steps. I am going to walk through them here to hopefully cover any questions that might come up, however, you can find the full, printable recipe card (ie the quick version) at the bottom of this post. If you still have questions, feel free to leave me a note in the comment section and I will try to get back to you soon!

Broccoli Slaw Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 package (12 oz) shredded broccoli slaw mix- I usually get this at Trader Joes, but I have also got it at our local grocery store too. It is usually with the prepackaged salad in the produce department.
  • 1 cup chopped apples- I use gala or other sweet red apples. I large apple will give you about a cup of chopped apple.
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped salted cashews- I used salted so that it also seasons the salad a bit without adding additional salt.
  • 1/4 cup craisins- Rehydrate them using the instructions in the recipe to give the salad more bulk. You can also leave them as is if you prefer.
  • 1/4 cup crispy crumbled bacon- I like to cook a package of bacon in the oven like this, then store any I don’t use in the freezer until next time. That way you have it on hand next time you need it and you don’t have to only cook part of a package.

For the broccoli slaw dressing

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar- You can change the ratio if you prefer more tangy but I find this to be perfect for my taste.

Broccoli Slaw Recipe Instructions FAQ’s

Can I use fresh broccoli instead of prepackaged broccoli?

Yes you can use fresh broccoli if you want! Just take the stems and put them through the grating attachment of a food processor and you have your mix ready to go.

Can I make this recipe Whole30 Compliant or low carb?

Yes. Omit the craisins to eliminate added sugar and make the recipe Whole30 compliant or more low carb.

Can I make this into a main dish?

This Broccoli Slaw Salad makes a great main dish if you add chicken or steak to it!

Can I save the leftovers?

You can save the leftovers in the fridge, but I recommend only adding the bacon to the part that you will be eating immediately to keep it fresh and crunchy. You can also mix the broccoli mix, craisins, and cashews and keep the dressing separately, then mix together and add the apples and bacon when you are ready to eat it.

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The BEST Broccoli Slaw

This Broccoli Slaw is one of my favorite side dishes. It is quick and easy to make and undeniably delicious. This Broccoli Slaw recipe is packed with delicious flavors like crunchy cashews, fresh apples, sweet craisins and savory bacon that are all wrapped in a dressing that is equally creamy and tangy. Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Serves:6 servings Hover over “serves” value to reveal recipe scaler Calories:175 Author:Kimber

For the salad

  • 1 package 12 oz shredded broccoli slaw mix, or shredded fresh broccoli
  • 1 cup chopped sweet red apples
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped salted cashews
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 1/4 cup crispy crumbled bacon

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and vinegar.
  • Place the craisins in a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes or until they plump up, then drain.
  • In a large bowl, combine the broccoli slaw, apple, nuts, bacon and craisins. Then fold in the dressing and mix until everything is evenly coated.
  • Serve immediately. If you are not serving right away, save the bacon to put in right before serving and chill until you are ready to serve then stir in the bacon.

Recipe Notes:

Dietary Considerations: Gluten free- make sure to check the labels on the bacon to ensure the brand you buy is gluten free. Whole30- This meal can be whole30 compliant if the craisins are omitted and Whole30 Compliant mayonnaise is used. Vegetarian- This recipe can be vegetarian if the bacon is omitted. Vegan- This recipe can be made vegan if the bacon is omitted and vegan mayonnaise is used. ©2018 Easy Family Recipes –

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 4ozCalories: 175kcal (9%)Carbohydrates: 13g (4%)Protein: 5g (10%)Fat: 12g (18%)Saturated Fat: 2g (13%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 7mg (2%)Sodium: 268mg (12%)Potassium: 0mgFiber: 2g (8%)Sugar: 6g (7%)Vitamin A: 0IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 0mgIron: 0mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti is an inexpensive, healthy dish full of veggies, fiber, and protein. Full of spaghetti flavor without the pasta for a tasty grain free option. Using bagged broccoli slaw keeps this recipe easy and quick.

This is one of those meals that I love when I’m feeling lazy, don’t want to go to the store, and want dinner in like 15 minutes without much work.

It’s also super cheap and healthy.

Loves it.

I based my recipe off this one from Hungry Girl. I have been making this Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti for quite a while now. It was a staple in my diet when I was in my dietetic internship and made absolutely no money {working without pay while in grad school is awesome…not}.

I still love this Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti and make it often when I’m not experimenting in my kitchen with new recipes for my blog.

You can eat it for lunch or dinner. Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti is really filling and packed – packed! – with veggies. It’s basically just veggies and some cheese.

Now, I’m not gonna pretend that this tastes just like real spaghetti… ha it definitely doesn’t, but it’s still really tasty. I promise. I mean, if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t keep it in my regular rotation of things I make often.

I have to be very selective for my “regular rotation” foods since I feel like I always need to experiment.

My “regular” foods usually involve some sort of protein pancake {usually oven baked}, a salad or soup, and easy/quick/really healthy meals like this Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti {or Balsamic Chickpeas & Spinach}.

The recipe serves one but is easily doubled.

It’s a pretty big serving, so you could make the recipe as written and serve it as a side dish with some chicken or something for a substantial, filling, and healthy meal.

Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti

Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti is an inexpensive, healthy dish with veggies, fiber, and protein. Using bagged broccoli slaw keeps this recipe easy and quick. Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes Total Time: 17 minutes Servings: 1 Author: Meme

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups broccoli slaw about 1/2 of 12 oz. package
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning no salt added
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 8 oz tomato sauce no-salt-added
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese optional
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh basil optional
  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a medium skillet. Add broccoli slaw. Saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic powder, Italian seasoning, water, tomato sauce, sugar {if using}, and salt. Stir well. Bring to a simmer and lower heat to medium-low. Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in mozzarella. Plate spaghetti, and sprinkle with Parmesan and basil {if using}. Enjoy!

*The small amount of sugar helps bring out the natural sweetness in the tomato sauce. You can omit it but it might taste a tiny bit bitter. My personal preference is to add the sugar. *Nutrition facts include parmesan cheese. *Based on this recipe from Hungry Girl Did you try this recipe?Be sure to leave a comment & recipe rating below. Bonus points for tagging @memeinge & #livingwellkitchen on Instagram! THANK YOU! xo
* Nutrition Facts Broccoli Slaw Spaghetti Amount Per Serving Calories 368 Calories from Fat 162 % Daily Value* Fat 18g28% Saturated Fat 8g50% Cholesterol 39mg13% Potassium 1668mg48% Carbohydrates 31g10% Fiber 3g13% Sugar 12g13% Protein 26g52% Vitamin A 2495IU50% Vitamin C 279.2mg338% Calcium 617mg62% Iron 5.3mg29% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. *


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Broccoli Slaw Salad with Creamy No Mayo Dressing

posted on February 5, 2018

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Broccoli Slaw Salad with Creamy No Mayo Dressing is a healthy broccoli salad with apple, cranberries and almonds in a creamy no mayo dressing! {GF, DF, V}

Last week I shared my 3-Ingredient Creamy No Mayo Coleslaw Dressing with you, so it’s about time I shared it’s crunchy, delicious counterpart!

This broccoli slaw salad has been a staple in my house for years. I originally posted a version of this about 5 years ago that went largely unseen due to subpar photos and lack of readers, so I decided to repost it today.

I make this healthy broccoli salad at least every two weeks. It’s great as a side dish for burgers, grilled or roasted meats, and almost anything you’re serving!

I know a lot of people think of broccoli salad or slaws as more of a warm weather dish, but for me it’s the exact opposite.

This time of year we have more limited seasonal produce options, so I often gravitate to slaws because cabbage and broccoli are in season now.

See more salads like this:

Broccoli Kale Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppy Seed Dressing

Coleslaw with Creamy Curry Dressing

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples, Bacon and Hazelnuts

I also make them often because I love them…plain and simple. I’m addicted to the crunchy textures and the sweet and savory flavors!

This dish includes a double dose of broccoli with florets and broccoli slaw. It’s a hybrid of two of my favorite things — broccoli salad and coleslaw.

Why choose between the two when you can have both??

This broccoli slaw is completely plant-based thanks to my vegan 3-Ingredient Creamy No Mayo Coleslaw Dressing.

As the name implies there’s no mayo and there’s also no Greek yogurt. The base is Vegenaise, which I’ve loved for years. Read the post for more info!

This salad/slaw keeps very well so it makes a great meal prep lunch to take to work, and it’s a great dish to make ahead for meals and entertaining.

I love that this salad is highly customizable with whatever is in season. Swap out the apples for berries or orange slices, and if you have nut allergies omit the almonds and top with pepitas instead.

This dish is vegan, gluten-free and dairy free and is a complete crowd pleaser. Try it and see why it’s been a favorite of mine for years!

And now it’s Eat Seasonal time, where a group of bloggers get together to create recipes based on what’s in season. This month I used broccoli from the list we were given.

Be sure to visit the February Seasonal Produce Guide by the Vintage Mixer for more ideas and visit the links below for more delicious recipes. You can get in on the fun too by creating a seasonal dish and using the hashtag #eatseasonal !

Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing by Joy Food Sunshine

Meyer Lemon Dutch Baby Pancake by Floating Kitchen

  • (1) 12 ounce package broccoli slaw
  • 1 broccoli crown (2-3 cups bite-sized florets)
  • 1 medium apple, cored and diced
  • 2 green onions, sliced on the bias
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • 3-Ingredient Creamy No Mayo Coleslaw Dressing
  1. Place all ingredients except for the almonds in a large bowl. Toss with enough of the 3-Ingredient Creamy No Mayo Coleslaw Dressingto coat (half of the batch is normally enough).
  2. Top the salad with the almonds just before serving and enjoy!
  • This salad may be made in advance — just add the almonds right before serving so that they keep their crunchy texture.
  • Salad keeps well for 2-3 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Customize this salad with whatever fruits are in season and sub the almonds with pepitas for nut allergies.

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 93mg Carbohydrates: 23g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 13g Protein: 5g Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made. This recipe does not contain the nutrition information for the dressing as that is included in a separate post.

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You will never miss the mayo in my Healthy Broccoli Slaw recipe! Tangy yogurt, sweet honey and pumpkin seeds make this unique slaw a cookout favorite.

Hello friends!

I’m not counting or anything, but I can’t wait until summer. In fact I’m already dreaming of the days where the Hubs and I will cookout and linger on our porch for hours after a meal. Since I used to work early mornings and had to be in bed my 7 PM, I still really appreciate those long warm summer nights where it doesn’t get dark until 9 PM. With this long and cold winter (and spring that feels like winter,) I’m longing for the magic of those summer nights… it’s my favorite time of year. Cue the Grease music… puhh-lease…

In the summer I try to make quick and easy dinners that don’t require the oven. I’m all about grilling and side dishes that are assembly only! My Healthy Broccoli Slaw is just that. You don’t have to heat up the house, just stir together some of your favorite ingredients.

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If you haven’t seen “broccoli slaw” before, you can find it pre packaged near the other bagged vegetables, like slaw or broccoli florets. I think it is more substantial than a regular slaw, is packed with vitamins and is really yummy. Plus I love all the color in it… look for a version that already has carrots in it!

Traditional Southern broccoli slaw has mayonnaise and sugar but my version OF COURSE has a healthy twist.

For my Healthy Broccoli slaw, I mix in goodies like Greek yogurt, lime juice and pumpkin seeds. The tangy yogurt and fresh lime juice is such a unique combination that just screams spring!

To kick the dish up a notch I use fresh garden herbs to bring out the flavor without a lot of work. This makes my Healthy Broccoli Slaw recipe THE perfect light summer cookout dish!

I know you’ll love this creamy, lime-y and oh so tasty version of my Healthy Broccoli Slaw recipe! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Healthy Broccoli Slaw Recipe Prep Time 5 mins Total Time 5 mins You will never miss the mayo in my Healthy Broccoli Slaw recipe! Tangy yogurt, sweet honey and pumpkin seeds make this unique slaw a cookout favorite. Course: Side Dish Cuisine: American Servings: 4 Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
  • 1 12 ounce bag broccoli slaw
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the yogurt, lime, vinegar, honey together.

  2. Add the broccoli slaw, parsley and pumpkin seeds. Toss until well coated. Salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours but up to overnight.

Recipe Notes

The parsley and cilantro are very different flavors, but both work well! Pick your favorite!

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Want more healthy cookout sides?

Greek Yogurt Potato Salad

White Bean Salad

10 Healthy Cookout Sides

Thanks for stopping by today. Tomorrow I’m sharing some spring break essentials!

Your turn!

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Healthier Broccoli Slaw Salad with a Simple Tangy Dressing!

If you are trying to eat healthier, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli should be at the very top of your list! Just one cup of cooked broccoli offers as much vitamin C as an orange and is a good source of beta-carotene.

Rachel’s Tip: Many health food stores and Amazon carry apple juice sweetened dried cranberries.

  • 1 large head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 heaping cup thinly shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsps fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • sea salt and fine ground black pepper, to taste, about 1/4 teaspoon each


Healthier Broccoli Slaw Salad


  • 1 large head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 heaping cup thinly shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsps fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • sea salt and fine ground black pepper, to taste, about 1/4 teaspoon each


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients well. Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add in the broccoli florets, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 2-3 minutes, or until broccoli is just crisp tender. Do not overcook.
  3. Immediately dunk broccoli into an ice bath (a large bowl filled with ice, and icy-cold water) then allow broccoli to completely drain/air dry in a colander.
  4. In a large bowl, add crisp-tender broccoli, cabbage, carrots, almonds and cranberries.
  5. Pour in your dressing and gently toss to combine. Taste test, and adjust if needed.
  6. This salad stays great in an air-tight container, refrigerated for 2 days.

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Most people are familiar with coleslaw as a cabbage dish, and it certainly can be that, but there are plenty of variations that apply the same concept to other vegetables for variety in taste and texture. In this case, broccoli and carrots take the place of cabbage in an easy side salad that goes well with almost anything. To shred the vegetables, you can use an ordinary grater or a food processor, or to make it even easier, buy pre-shredded vegetables and just dump them into the pan.

Because it’s so simple, this slaw is the perfect base for any tastes you’d like to add to your menu. Add some nuts or raisins if you like a heartier salad. A little ginger would give it an Asian flavor, or some cumin and turmeric would complement an Indian-inspired meal like chicken masala. To go with a milder meat course (like fish cakes), go a little heavy on the pepper and sprinkle the finished slaw with some lemon juice and vinegar for a slightly sharper flavor. On the other hand, for a spicier recipe like jerk chicken, you might just keep the seasonings at salt and pepper, and let the main dish speak for itself.

Another way to change the flavor of a slaw is the sauce; mayonnaise is the traditional dressing, but if you’re pairing the salad with a grilled dish, why not throw some barbecue sauce on your vegetables, too? Horseradish could also be an exciting addition, especially if the slaw is served alongside a roast beef dish. As you can see, there are really endless variations, so even though it’s simple to prepare, it’s a dish that won’t get boring in a hurry.

Warm Broccoli and Carrot Slaw Recipe

Serves: 4Prep: 5 minCook: 6 min

Protein: 3g / %

Carbs: 12g / %

Fat: 0g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.

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  • 2 cups shredded broccoli;
  • 2 cups shredded carrots;
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced;
  • 1 tbsp. Paleo cooking fat;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste;


  1. Heat the cooking fat in a skillet over a medium high heat.
  2. Add the garlic to the skillet and cook until lightly golden, about 1 or 2 minutes.
  3. Add the broccoli and carrots and cook until soft but still crunchy, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  4. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.

This broccoli slaw recipe is made with broccoli, bacon, cabbage, apples, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries, all tossed in a creamy dressing. The perfect easy side dish that pairs well with any type of meat or seafood.

A good coleslaw type salad is a must-have for any gathering. I typically make Mexican coleslaw or this fresh and colorful broccoli slaw.

Have you ever tried broccoli slaw before? You can find it in the produce area in the bagged vegetable section. Broccoli slaw is essentially shredded broccoli stems that are combined with cabbage and sometimes carrots. I actually prefer broccoli shreds over regular cabbage coleslaw because it doesn’t get soggy when coated in dressing. It’s inexpensive, readily available and totally delicious!

How do you make broccoli slaw?

This recipe starts with a bag of shredded broccoli stems, to which a ton of delicious ingredients are added. We’re working with a sweet and savory blend of apples, bacon, red onion and sunflower seeds which add so much flavor and texture. A creamy dressing is poured over the top, then add a little parsley for garnish and you’re ready to eat.


  • I use Pink Lady apples in this recipe, other great choices are Braeburn or Honeycrisp.
  • Make sure you dice your onion very fine so that you don’t end up with large pieces in each bite.
  • This slaw can be made up to 8 hours before you plan to serve it. If you’re making your salad in advance, omit the bacon and apple and stir those ingredients in right before serving.
  • Trying to watch your calories? You can use half the amount of bacon, and substitute low fat mayonnaise instead of the regular full fat mayonnaise.
  • Can’t find pre-made broccoli slaw in a bag? You can make your own broccoli slaw by shredding broccoli stems, purple cabbage and carrots in your food processor.


While I love this recipe as written, sometimes I change up the ingredients a bit depending on what I have on hand.

  • Fruit: Try using raisins instead of cranberries, or pears instead of apples.
  • Cheese: Small cubes of cheddar cheese is a nice addition to this salad.
  • Nuts: Sunflower seeds are traditional, but I’ve also used sliced almonds or chopped pecans with great results.
  • Dressing: Not a fan of mayonnaise? Try plain Greek yogurt instead!

How long does broccoli slaw last?

This slaw stays good in the fridge for up to 3 days. Store it in a covered container until you’re ready to enjoy it.

I love to bring this salad to events because it’s such a unique yet welcomed offering. It has a lot of the same flavors as the classic broccoli salad, but I find this slaw is a little more enjoyable to eat because the shredded texture. You’ll find that everyone will be asking you for the recipe when you make this dish for your next gathering!

More delicious salad options

  • Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
  • Brussels Sprout Salad
  • Cucumber Feta Salad
  • Spaghetti Salad
  • Asian Noodle Salad

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Broccoli Slaw

This broccoli slaw recipe is made with broccoli, bacon, cabbage, apples, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries, all tossed in a creamy dressing. The perfect easy side dish that pairs well with any type of meat or seafood. Course Salad Cuisine American Keyword broccoli slaw Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 1 minute Total Time 16 minutes Servings 6 Calories 304kcal Author Sara Welch

  • 1 12 ounce bag broccoli slaw
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup bacon cooked and crumbled, plus more for garnish if desired
  • 1 apple diced
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds plus more for garnish if desired
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley plus more for garnish if desired
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Place the broccoli slaw, red onion, bacon, apple, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and parsley in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, cider vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper.
  • Pour the dressing over the broccoli slaw and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Place the salad in a serving bowl. Garnish with additional bacon, sunflower seeds and parsley if desired, then serve.


Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Why is this my favorite broccoli slaw? Because it’s sooooooo easy to make. This broccoli slaw is simple but oh-so-good! And sometimes you need an easy vegetable side dish you can just throw together to go with whatever else you’ve made, right?

Probably my favorite way to eat this broccoli slaw is on top of a hot dog (or veggie hot dog) or some kind of meaty sandwich. But again, doesn’t have to “real” meat to keep me happy. But growing up in southern Missouri, I am no stranger to BBQ, and slaw just goes so well with all those textures and flavors.

Probably the weirdest way I’ve eaten this broccoli slaw is on top of pasta. Sometimes I will just throw pasta in with a salad if I’m feeling like I need a little extra from my salad, and this works great with this broccoli slaw. So maybe that’s a bit weird, but I swear it’s quite delicious.

You can absolutely chop up your broccoli, carrots, and red cabbage (a food processor makes quick work of it), but honestly I love to use those bags of pre-cut broccoli slaw you can get at most grocery stores. It just makes this that much easier to throw together.

This broccoli slaw recipe is simple, creamy, crunchy, and delicious. I like this best the day it’s made, but you can use any leftovers up the next day as well. Beyond that, it begins to get a little too mushy for me, but some may like their slaw that way so who am I to judge? Enjoy! xo. Emma

5 from 1 vote Servings 6

  • 1 bag 10 ounces pre-cut broccoli slaw veggies
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds optional but pretty
  • salt and pepper
  1. In a small bowl, combine the mayo, vinegar, mustard, honey, and poppyseeds if using. Whisk well to combine. Taste and add any salt and pepper you like.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the broccoli slaw veggies and almonds. Drizzle the dressing over the vegetables and toss so everything gets coated.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

Healthy broccoli slaw dressing

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