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

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.

You will also want to try our other versions including Traditional Broccoli Salad and Healthy Broccoli Salad.

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Ingredients For Loaded Broccoli Salad:

Full amounts in the recipe box below. 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.

Broccoli Salad Ingredients

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.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad.
  • Toss the dressing until the salad is evenly coated.

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.

Mixing the 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).

Loaded Broccoli Salad in a bowl

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
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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 minutes
Total: 15 minutes




  • 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.

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Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 531mg | Potassium: 345mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 480IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 1mg


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

  1. 5 stars
    This was so easy to make and so good. I would never think Greek yogurt Mayo and Hunny would taste so good together.

  2. havent tried yet but looks delicious anyone know what to cut back on if on low sodium diet i know the bacon would be the 1st id remove of scale back any other ideas

    1. Hi Christopher. By eliminating the bacon and the added salt you would cut the sodium to 240.

  3. 5 stars
    Haven’t served it yet,but it is Delicious!!!I substituted the sour cream and Mayo for the Greek Yogurt.Can’t wait to eat it.Will add the rest of Bacon before I serve it!!

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    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!

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

  6. 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!

    1. I was reading through the reviews and how did yours turn out? More on the tangy side, tart? I kinda thought the same high in sugar. How much did you use? Yellow mustard or something else?

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    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.

  8. 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?

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      Laurie Williams

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

    2. After about day 4 it started to get a bit wonky for me. It may help to store the dressing separately but you also wouldn’t want the veggies to lose their crunch if they were stored too long. Going forward I’m prepping it 3 days at a time.

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    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.