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WW Recipe of the Day: Skinny Broccoli Salad

I didn't think I was a fan of broccoli salads. Most of them start out light and healthy but then get weighed down with heavy dressings and tons of bacon. But this light and crunchy skinny broccoli salad recipe has changed my mind.

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Low Fat and Slow Calorie Broccoli Salad

Combining broccoli, grapes, celery and sunflower seeds in a light and slightly sweet dressing, it's a perfect summertime side dish solution. Great alongside most any grilled meat or fish, we've enjoyed it this week with both broiled salmon and chicken apple sausages.

How Many Calories and WW Points in this Salad?

According to my calculations each serving has 149 calories and:

4 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)

To see your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, Click here!

Recipe Notes

This skinny gluten-free broccoli salad recipe is adapted from one I saw on Cooking Light's website. With its plump grapes and crunchy broccoli florets, celery and salty sunflower seeds, this may be one of the best salads I've ever had. It doesn't taste "healthy" at all.

I switched out ½ cup Craisins for 1 cup of raisins, used red grapes instead of green and reduced the sugar in the dressing by 1 tablespoon.

If you prefer, you could lightly blanch or steam the broccoli for a couple of minutes so that it remains crunchy but not "raw" tasting. Just be sure to drain it really really well and dry it with paper towels so your dressing doesn't get diluted.

I think this would be yummy with slivered almonds. And a sprinkling of crispy cooked bacon wouldn't hurt either. Enjoy!

How to Make this Broccoli Salad Step-by-Step?

Step 1: Assemble and Prep Your Ingredients

You'll need:

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Cutting broccoli into florets

4 cups small broccoli florets

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Slicing red grapes

1-½ cups sliced grapes

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Chopping celery

1 cup chopped celery

Place these ingredients in a large bowl along with ½ cup dried cranberries and ¼ cup salted sunflower seeds/kernels.

Step 2: Make the Dressing

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Broccoli Salad Dressing

In a small bowl (affiliate link), whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, sugar and vinegar until well blended and creamy.

Step 3: Combine the Skinny Broccoli Salad Ingredients and Dressing

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Mixing Together Broccoli Salad

Pour the dressing over the skinny broccoli salad mixture and toss well to combine and coat everything. Chill for at least one hour before serving to give the flavors a chance to develop.

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Skinny Broccoli Salad with Grapes

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Skinny Broccoli Salad Recipe

This light and crunchy broccoli salad with creamy dressing, grapes, celery, and raisins is my new favorite way to enjoy broccoli.

Prep Time30 minutes mins

Cook Time0 minutes mins

Total Time30 minutes mins

Servings (adjustable): 8

Calories: 149

Author: Martha McKinnon | Simple Nourished Living

Ingredients

  • 4 cups small broccoli florets (about 1-½ pounds)
  • 1-½ cups seedless red grapes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup salted sunflower seed kernels
  • cup light mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, or sweetener to taste
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, stir together the broccoli, grapes, celery, cranberries and sunflower seeds.

  • In a small bowl (affiliate link), whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, sugar and vinegar until well blended and creamy.

  • Pour the dressing over the broccoli mixture and toss well to combine and coat everything.

  • Chill for at least one hour.

Recipe Notes

Possible Additions: Sliced almonds, chopped cooked bacon

Serving size: 1 cup

Click here to see your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site.

4 *SmartPoints (Green plan)

4 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)

4 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)

4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)

Nutrition Facts

Skinny Broccoli Salad Recipe

Amount Per Serving (1 cup)

Calories 149Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Fat 6g9%

Carbohydrates 22g7%

Fiber 3g12%

Protein 2.9g6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Course: Salad, Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: no-cook salad, picnic salad, veggie salad

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Source: adapted from Cooking Light

*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.

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Low-Calorie Skinny Broccoli Salad Recipe | Simple Nourished Living (13)Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

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FAQs

Why does my broccoli salad get watery? ›

Extra water on the broccoli can make for a runny mixture. The same goes for rinsing your broccoli! Make sure you give your broccoli adequate time to dry after rinsing. You get enough moisture from the dressing mixture that any extra water will make your salad too watery.

How many calories are in 1 2 cup broccoli salad? ›

There are 165 calories in a 1/2 cup of Broccoli Salad. * The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet.

How do you make broccoli not watery? ›

A steamer basket will lift your broccoli out of the liquid and off the bottom of the pan, preventing it from becoming soggy.

How do you firm up broccoli? ›

You can soak the broccoli in a bowl of ice water for 30 minutes or more to help it regain its firmness. Another method is to slice off a portion of the stem and place the remaining stem and crown in a pot with a cup of water. Store it in the fridge overnight, and the broccoli will be crisp and fresh in the morning.

How many calories are in a California broccoli salad? ›

Nutrition Info Per Serving
Calories200
Sodium410mg
Total Carbs25g
Dietary Fiber3g
Sugars15g
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How many calories and carbs are in 2 cups of broccoli? ›

Raw broccoli contains almost 90% water, 7% carbs, 3% protein, and almost no fat. Broccoli is very low in calories, providing only 35 calories per cup, or 90 grams (g).

How many calories are in a 4 ounce broccoli salad? ›

4 oz of broccoli salad contains 170 Calories, 10 grams of carbs, 6 grams of protein, and 13 grams of fat.

How do you fix a watery salad? ›

If neither more tuna, potatoes, nor eggs solves the problem, it's time to consider mixing in super dry, starchy ingredients. To soak up liquids like a sponge, pantry staples like pasta or even croutons are complete game-changers that will restore a soggy salad.

Why is there water in my salad? ›

Fruit, salads and vegetables give off lots of moisture when stored in your crisper bin. For example of you cut a cucumber and place it in the fridge, you may find the end is dried out and you have to cut a slice off the next time you take it out of the fridge before serving.

Why is my salad always wet? ›

According to Spina, this comes down to age and bacteria. “Like many plants after harvest, salad greens start to decay,” Spina said. “When they get old, they release more moisture (water) and become slimy.” Bacteria naturally live on veggies.

Why is my salad going soggy? ›

Store it properly. One way you can guarantee a crunchy, fresh tasting salad is by storing the components correctly. Whether it is lettuce leaves or cucumbers, once the packaging has been opened, make sure to put a sheet of kitchen towel in with them to absorb moisture and stop those leaves from going slimy.

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