Broccoli Salad Recipe with Honey-Toasted Walnuts

Broccoli Salad Recipe with Blueberries, Red Onion, Dried Cranberries and Honey-Toasted Walnuts is a beautiful side dish for any of your gatherings.

Healthier Broccoli Salad with Yogurt Dressing, blueberries, cranberries, bacon, and honey-toasted walnuts

You know those dreams you had when you were a kid about showing up to grade school in your underwear? And no matter how hard you tried to pull your shirt down to cover your forgetfulness, the damage had already been done…because you already showed up…in your underwear?  This is kind of like that.

Only it’s not you, it’s me. And this is not a dream, it’s real. But everyone’s fully clothed, and the underwear’s the broccoli salad recipe. What?

Let’s put the car in R and back up.

Now that I have your attention…

This is not your momma’s broccoli salad recipe. I don’t even know what that means, I just wanted to say it.

Healthier Broccoli Salad with Yogurt Dressing, blueberries, cranberries, bacon, and honey-toasted walnuts

Fact is, everyone who has been to a family reunion, picnic, or has spent time with large groups of people (read: everyone) has had broccoli salad. But this one is a little different.

Firsties: blueberries.

Seconds: honey-toasted walnuts.

Could this get any better?

Oh yes, dried cranberries.

Unless you’re planning on letting your hair down and turning the walnuts into Rosemary Candied Walnuts, the answer is no. But you should still make Rosemary Candied Walnuts at some point in your life.

Third and lastly: Remember the discussion we had on Monday about mayonnaise? The down-with-mayo convo? Same applies here. I used plain yogurt instead of mayo, and added fresh lemon juice and zest to dress this chockablock-full-o-goodies salad.

Am I still talking about broccoli salad?

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Replace the fresh blueberries with dried blueberries and omit the dried cranberries.
  • Use raisins instead of dried cranberries.
  • Swap the walnuts for pecans or almonds.
  • Play with the portions of mayonnaise and Greek yogurt depending on your preference.
  • Use pure maple syrup instead of honey.
  • Add 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Just add cooked bacon!

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Here’s the recipe:

Healthier Broccoli Salad with Yogurt Dressing, blueberries, cranberries, bacon, and honey-toasted walnuts

Broccoli Salad with Honey-Toasted Walnuts

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberries, broccoli salad, walnuts
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Author: Julia

Broccoli salad with blueberries, honey-toasted walnuts and dried cranberries - an easy, delicious mayo-free broccoli salad recipe



  • 2 large crowns broccoli chopped into florets
  • ¼ red onion thinly sliced
  • 4.5 ounces fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp avocado oil mayonnaise
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the Honey-Toasted Walnuts:

  • 2/3 cup raw walnut halves
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1.5 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


To Prepare the Honey Toasted Walnuts:

  1. Add all ingredients for the walnuts to a small skillet and heat over medium. Cook 5 to 8 minutes until mixture is very bubbly and walnuts have caramelized and turned golden-brown. Set aside and allow to cool. Chop the walnuts when cool enough to handle.

To Prepare the Broccoli Salad:

  1. Soak the broccoli in a large water bath for 10 minutes. Remove from the water and pat dry.

  2. Chop the broccoli crowns into small florets, and chop the broccoli stems. Add stems and florets to a large serving bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, honey, and salt.

  4. Pour this mixture over the broccoli and stir well to coat all of the broccoli with dressing.
  5. Add the red onion, blueberries, dried cranberries, and toasted walnuts. Toss everything together and serve with your favorite entree.

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  1. Joanne

    I’m glad SOMEONE brought some greens, because we were all going to be in hyperglycemic shock otherwise! And I so love a good salad at a baby shower, or just in life.

    1. Julia Post author

      Haha! You ladies all came up with the most creative and tasty treats! I wouldn’t mind going into a sugar coma while making the rounds through your recipes!

  2. Stephie @ EYHO

    Girl, we need these greens to balance out our current sugar intake at this virtual par-tay! I love everything we have going on here – perfect! Thanks a million billion for playing with us today 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Can you imagine you and I attending the same baby shower? By the end of the shower, everyone’s vitamin levels would be completely maxed out 😉

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks, Cheri! Broccoli’s always a winner and I was very pleasantly surprised by how well the salad came together. Let me know if you try it! 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Haha! Luckily, I give T-Rex hugs away liberally, so I reckon I have an extra to spare 😉 Glad you like the salad, m’lady!

  3. Meg

    Oh, I am SO pinning this! 🙂 A friend shared her mom’s broccoli salad recipe with me years ago and I adore it, but the idea of adding fresh fruit and walnuts is just too much to resist. Fabulous!

    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks, Meg! Let me know if you try it! I’m a huge fan of broccoli salads and there are so many ways to make it fun, healthy and tasty 😀

  4. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    This salad is fabulous. So glad you brought it to the party to keep us balanced 🙂 PS: Very happy to meet you!! I love your blog and have spent a few many minutes drooling over your amazing recipes (and photos!!!)

    1. Julia Post author

      Yaaaaay! So glad to hear it, Debra!! I absolutely love the salad too 🙂 So simple and healthy, yet packed with flavor.


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