Loaded Broccoli Salad (Low-Carb)

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This Loaded Broccoli Salad is a crisp, creamy, refreshing side dish! This fresh salad is filled with broccoli, cauliflower, bacon, purple onions, cheese, and a homemade dressing your family will really love.

Loaded Broccoli Salad

Broccoli salad is a favorite side dish for a picnic, potluck dinners, a weeknight meal, and especially perfect when you are grilling chicken, steak, or burgers. But traditional broccoli salad is filled with sugar and other high-carb ingredients. While it is delicious, we needed a lower sugar alternative with fewer carbs. With that goal in mind, we whipped up this awesome Low Carb Broccoli Salad.

For another great low-carb recipe, be sure to check out Garlic Butter Steak Bites!

The Ingredients

To make Low Carb Broccoli Salad, here is what you will need:

  • Dressing Base – plain greek yogurt and mayonnaise
  • Sweetener – you will use granulated sugar and honey.
  • Vinegar – red wine vinegar is used, but you can always use other vinegars like balsamic, white, white wine, etc…
  • Veggies – broccoli, cauliflower and red onion.
  • Bacon – use regular bacon or turkey bacon.
  • Cheese – we used colby cheese, but you can use any type of shredded cheese you prefer.

For the exact measurements and instructions, see the recipe card below.

How To Make Broccoli Salad

To start, mix together the salad dressing ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Cover the dressing and refrigerate until you are ready to add it to the salad.

In a large bowl, toss together the broccoli, cauliflower, cheese, onions, and bacon.

cheese cubes, crumbled bacon, chopped purple onions, broccoli, and cauliflower in a large mixing bowl

Pour the dressing over the salad.

Pouring dressing over Low Carb Broccoli Salad

Toss the dressing until the salad is evenly coated.

Tossing Low Carb Broccoli Salad in a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon

Be sure to keep the salad refrigerated until you are ready to eat. Right before you serve the salad, sprinkle the top with more bacon.

Low Carb Broccoli Salad

Can I Use Something Other Than Greek Yogurt?

Yes! The Greek yogurt lightens the dressing without adding a lot more carbs. Some people do not like the flavor of the yogurt, so you can certainly switch it out if needed. In place of the 3/4 cup of Greek yogurt, use 1/2 cup real mayonnaise and 1/4 cup sour cream (this is in addition to the mayonnaise already called for in the recipe).

closeup shot of Low Carb Broccoli Salad

Can I Leave Out the Sugar and Honey?

If you prefer not to use granulated sugar, you can use a small amount of a low carb sugar substitute instead.

The honey is really essential to the flavor of the dressing when using Greek yogurt. However, if you are concerned about the carbs the honey adds, you can reduce the amount of honey or eliminate it altogether if you use mayonnaise in place of the Greek yogurt (see instructions in the section above). Just add a little low carb sugar substitute to sweeten the dressing.

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Loaded Broccoli Salad
5 from 3 votes

Low Carb Broccoli Salad

Make Low Carb Broccoli Salad for a crisp, creamy, refreshing side dish! This fresh salad is filled with broccoli, cauliflower, bacon, purple onions, cheese, and a homemade dressing your family will really love.
Servings: 10
Prep: 15 mins



  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup clover honey
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  • 4 cups broccoli florets chopped
  • 4 cups cauliflower florets chopped
  • 12 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 8 ounces Colby Jack cheese cut into small cubes
  • 1 red onion peeled and chopped


  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Cover and refrigerate while you move on to the next steps.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the broccoli, cauliflower, half of the bacon, cheese, and diced onion.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Top the salad with the remaining bacon.
  • Serve the salad immediately.


Low Carb Broccoli Salad

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13 comments on “Loaded Broccoli Salad (Low-Carb)”

  1. Ann Clouthier

    5 stars
    I fell in love with this version years ago: Cauliflower and broccoli florets, black and green pitted olives, toss in Italian dressing. Refrigerate! Great for snacking!

  2. 5 stars
    This was such a hit tonight! Everyone loved it and no leftovers. Followed it exactly and it made plenty. Thank you!

  3. I didn’t use the yogurt (too many carbs & sugar), I used the substitute mentioned in the notes.
     I didn’t use any sugar or honey; instead I made it savory by adding 2 generous tablespoons of Dijon mustard. It’s incredible!

  4. Jennifer Antus

    5 stars
    I made this last night doubling the recipe. My family loved it and it’s almost gone. Next time I’ll be adding Sunflower seeds.

  5. How long can you refrigerate loaded broccoli salad? I’m the only one who eats it? If I meal prep, will it last at least 7 days?

    1. Laurie Williams

      I also will be the only one eating this delicious recipe. So how long can you refrigerate it?

  6. Karen Stockley

    When advising of substitution for yogurt it states you can use more mayonnaise and 1/4 cup sour cream. It is then written in brackets that this is addition to the sour cream already in the recipe. I believe this should state in addition to the mayonaise NOT to the sour cream. The recipe does not include sour cream in the dressing until it is written in substituting ingredients.

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