Healthy Broccoli Salad

broccoli salad with onions, carrots, cherries, almonds, and sunflower seeds on gray plate on marble board

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An easy and healthy broccoli salad recipe with carrots, red onion, almonds, sunflower seeds and dried cherries. Plus a simple homemade dressing with no mayo, making this recipe vegan friendly. You will love this healthier take on classic side. Perfect for cookouts, family gatherings or a simple dinner side dish.


  • 3 medium broccoli crowns, washed & dried, chopped (about 6 cups)
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup dried cherries or dried cranberries


  • 1/3 cup chopped vidalia onion (about 1/2 small onion)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 Tbsp stone ground mustard
  • 2 tsp coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tsp salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Wash and dry broccoli before cutting into small crowns. Add to large bowl with matchstick carrots, diced red onion, almonds, sunflower seeds, and dried cherries; set aside.
  2. Make dressing: add everything into a blender, and blend until smooth. If you’d like a thinner dressing, add 1-2 tablespoons of water or non-dairy milk.
  3. Combine: Add dressing to bowl of salad ingredients, toss to coat.
  4. Let it soak: Broccoli salad is best when the dressing has some time to absorb into the broccoli crowns and other ingredients. If you can, let rest for at least one hour. Or prep a day ahead.


If looking for an onion free dressing, try my coleslaw dressing for this broccoli salad.

To make nut free, replace the almonds with pepitas or more sunflower seeds.

Keywords: easy broccoli salad, healthy broccoli salad recipe, vegan broccoli salad