Raw Broccoli Salad with Walnuts & Dates

“Family Reunion Salad” is what my friend Faith calls this.


It seems appropriate for there to be at least one pasta, potato or veggie salad doused in ranch dressing or mayonnaise for every family get-together, right? Bleh.  For my family, it was always the shell pasta salads engulfed in some sort of mayo dressing.  Not a fan.

For Faith’s family, it was broccoli salad with ranch dressing. Feel free to chime in here. It took me up until recently to realize there are substitutions for “family reunion salad” that are acceptable to my mayo-hating menu. Out with the mayo, in with the yogurt. This is yet another salad recipe that I took from my boyfriend’s mom. She has the most brilliant salads with healthy alternatives to the typical fatty dressings and I just love them.

She typically makes this salad with raisins and sesame seeds (YUM!), but I had fresh dates and walnuts on hand, so I used those instead.  She also does use a smidge of mayo with yogurt for her dressing, which is fine by me because it’s not enough to pick up the mayo flavor. I kept my dressing all yogurt, but feel free to do the mayo/yogurt combo if it suits you.

What dish was ever-present at your family gatherings?


  • 1 head of broccoli (stem included)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 fresh medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 – 1 tablespoon honey
  • Pinch of salt

Serves 2 – 3 people

To Make: 

Using a potato peeler, peel the stalk of the broccoli. Remove stalk from crown and slice stalk into 1/8” rounds then chop the rounds into quarters. Chop the broccoli crown into florets and place florets along with the chopped stalk in a mixing bowl. Add the chopped walnuts, dates and red onion. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, honey and salt. Stir well to combine. Pour the yogurt dressing over the broccoli salad and mix well until everything is coated in yogurt dressing.


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