Summer Broccoli Salad

If I had to choose one word to describe me in the kitchen, it would be simple. I don’t like to mess with a bunch of ingredients and this sometimes means that when reading a recipe, I skip out on seasonings or other flavors because I don’t feel like it’s a necessary addition. I’m pretty sure that goes against every chef’s philosophy, ever. They love their flavors!

I love vegetables and I have a side with almost every meal. However, because I am so “simple”, I often steam my vegetables in coconut oil or…sigh…nothing. Hot water and maybe some pepper or red pepper flakes. Plain is just a-okay with me! Maybe I will add some hot sauce. In any case, I don’t go above and beyond to dress up my vegetables. After all, I am only cooking for one and if I like them plain, why not eat them that way, too?

On Thursday nights, my roommate and I take turns cooking dinner for each other. Sometimes we end up eating together on other nights of the week, but we usually just cook for ourselves and happen to eat at the same time. Setting aside one night a week to eat together makes me 1) be more intentional about spending time with my roommate and 2) branch out of my normal eating habits. I can’t very well serve her plain, boring veggies, can I?!

Last week was probably our last dinner together as roommates! She is in Israel right now on a trip and I am going on vacation and moving to Virginia pretty close to the time she gets back. For our “last supper”, I had turkey burgers and broccoli in mind. But, I decided to dress up that side of broccoli, so Pinterest came to the rescue. 🙂 I have tasted broccoli salads that incorporate bacon before, but I am not a huge bacon fan, so I loved that this recipe had some other “extras”. Bacon is a popular broccoli salad ingredient, though!

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Original recipe here.


Add balsamic vinegar and honey to this photo and you have your complete list of ingredients. 😉 The outtakes I have from my past few blog recipes all have beautifully arranged ingredients and then I never ended up posting the picture because I always forget to set out SOMETHING! Here, you get what you get. Just don’t forget balsamic vinegar and honey!


8-10 cups chopped broccoli
2/3 cup smoked almonds, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup shredded low fat cheddar cheese
12 oz fat free Greek yogurt
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 T honey
2 t onion powder
2 t sea salt
Black pepper (to taste)



This recipe was fun to make because it required no cooking…just lots of chopping. My Slap Chop is still my favorite kitchen tool for chopping things like almonds! Chop and add together dry ingredients: broccoli, almonds, cranberries, and cheese.


In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, vinegar, honey, onion powder, salt and pepper.


Add your “dressing” to the dry ingredients and mix evenly.


Now you are ready to serve! It tastes even better after its been in the fridge all night. Yay for leftovers! Enjoy. 🙂

– What’s your favorite vegetable?

– Have you ever had broccoli salad?

13 thoughts on “Summer Broccoli Salad

  1. YUM! My mom does make a broccoli salad with bacon. It’s similar to this though! I looove broccoli…raw, steamed, roasted…as a salad!

    Also I’m pretty boring with my cooking. Michael throws tons of seasoning in. He also never thinks anything I make ever has enough salt in it. When we were at his parents’ his mom tried something and said, “it needs more salt” so I think I know where he gets it!

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