I can’t believe Thanksgiving is this week already! What are you making for Thanksgiving? If I need to bring something to a gathering, sometimes I like to try out new desserts. This year I decided to bring a broccoli salad as a side dish though because there is usually more than enough sweets at my family’s Thanksgiving. Of course, it’s going to be a healthy side dish!

I love broccoli salad, aside from the raisins (yuck)! But I do not like that it’s loaded with mayonnaise and sugar. I came up with a healthier broccoli salad that I can actually feel good about eating.

Healthy Swaps:

There are a few swaps in this salad when compared to a traditional broccoli salad. First, the raisins are replaced with red grapes. There is a lot less sugar and calories in grapes than in raisins.

Second, the regular mayonnaise was swapped with olive oil mayonnaise and Greek yogurt.

Third, the regular bacon was swapped with turkey bacon – totally appropriate for Thanksgiving!  🙂

Fourth, the sugar was replaced with stevia, a natural sweetener.

Lastly, rather than having cheese I included grated carrots, which actually look like cheddar cheese in the salad (no one will know the difference – right?).

A Healthier Broccoli Salad
Recipe type: Side dish
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This healthier broccoli salad has the same great taste as an original broccoli salad but includes multiple healthy swaps.
  • 4 cups broccoli, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 8 strips turkey bacon, crumbled
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • ¾ cup red grapes, sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • ½ cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp stevia
  • ⅔ cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt, plain & fat free
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook the turkey bacon and allow to cool before handling. I microwave 4 strips at a time for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Cut up all vegetables and grapes and place in a large salad bowl.
  3. Once the turkey bacon is cool, crumble it and add to the bowl.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together stevia, mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper. Then mix it into the salad.
  5. This is ready to eat immediately but it gets even better after sitting in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.