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Broccoli Salad Recipe on the Light Side

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This broccoli salad recipe is high on the lists of requests from all of my kids. My oldest son even makes it upon request and I’d have to admit his recipe is just a bit (a tiny bit) better than my original recipe.

We’ve lightened up the ingredients in this tasty recipe to make it Weight Watchers friendly. Over broccoli salad recipe is only 3 points per 3/4 cup serving.

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Quick and easy broccoli salad recipe that is lightened up by changing a few of the ingredients.

He uses some heavily smoked local bacon that really puts the taste up a notch or two. He also doesn’t care to make the light side version, but for the sake of our waistlines, I do.

I have had tasted several versions of broccoli salad and it’s definitely made me quite the food critic. I have an aversion for fruit and nuts in my salads. I don’t like the sweet taste of fruit in my food.

Fruit deserves it’s own special place on the side of my plate, all by its lonesome. The fruit get’s eaten raw and in whole form, perfect for my taste buds.

So if I see any kind of salad that includes vegetables, fruit and/or dressing, I will turn up my nose and walk away. I know they probably taste great but I just can’t bring myself to taste them.


Broccoli Salad Ingredients

My recipe calls for broccoli, bacon, low fat shredded cheese, Greek yogurt, milk, mayo, vinegar, and sugar. Sorry no, fruit or nuts allowed!  I also use a sugar substitute like Stevia on most occasions, to really knock down the calorie count.

Broccoli salad always makes a great side dish or can even be served as a main meal. It’s a colorful salad full of vitamins, antioxidants, and protein.

Be sure to serve the salad very cold for best taste.


Is this broccoli salad recipe Weight Watchers friendly?

Yes. Yes, it certainly is. We’ve made a few simple adjustments to a traditional broccoli salad recipe to make it WW friendly.

WW has definitely changed from 2020 to now. They went from three to one plan to multiple plans and back to one plan again. So in 2023, we have just plain old “POINTS.”

  • Be sure to calculate the points value of the foods and recipes you eat in the app.
  • Always add ingredients and serving sizes and don’t rely on the nutrition facts in the recipe.
  • Accuracy will come from the information you input on the app.

Here is the printable broccoli salad recipe

Broccoli Salad Recipe on the Light Side

Broccoli Salad Recipe on the Light Side

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 3 cups approx. 2 heads broccoli cleaned & chopped (I like my pieces on the bigger side)
  • 4 tbsp Real bacon bits
  • 4 - 6 oz reduced fat shredded cheese
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 3/4 cup plain no fat greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Skim Milk
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 3 packets Truvia, or 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp light mayo


  1. Place broccoli, onion, bacon and cheese in large bowl.
  2. In a seperate container (jar with a lid works great) place yogurt, milk, mayo and sugar. Mix well. Add in vinegar and shake until well blended.
  3. Pour dressing mixture over the broccoli mixture and coat well.
  4. Store in refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
  5. Stir and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 594Total Fat 40gSaturated Fat 22gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 115mgSodium 918mgCarbohydrates 25gNet Carbohydrates 20gFiber 5gSugar 13gProtein 35g

As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts, WW points and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish. The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.

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Thursday 26th of November 2020

The nutritional value on this recipe says a serving size is 6 grams. That cannot be correct – do you know the correct serving size?

Michele Brosius

Monday 30th of November 2020

the Nutritional value I see on the post says 6 servings at 1 cup each. 6g is the number of carbs per serving. THANKS

Linda Bryan

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

I wish you would include the Weight Watchers points values with your recipes.

Michele Brosius

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

Thanks. We wish we could accommodate all plans, but that isn't feasible right now. We are currently recalculating for the new WW plans for purple, blue and green. I hope that helps. Best, Michele

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Wednesday 21st of August 2019

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Rhonda Reynolds

Sunday 7th of April 2019

The nutritional value on this recipe says a serving size is 6 grams. That cannot be correct - do you know the correct serving size?

Michele Brosius

Monday 13th of May 2019

It should be fixed now. Thanks for letting me know.

Charlotte Holland

Saturday 29th of July 2017

I always blanch the broccoli for this type of salad. Looks like your version is the next I'll be trying. Thanks!

Michele Brosius

Monday 31st of July 2017

Great idea to blanch the broccoli. Thanks for the tip! Michele

This recipe or post is in no way authorized or associated with the Weight Watchers or myWW Program.

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