Broccoli Salad Recipe on the Light Side

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Broccoli salad 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. 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.

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

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.


My recipe calls for broccoli, bacon, cheese, Greek yogurt, milk, mayo, vinegar and sugar. Sorry no fruit or nuts allowed!  I also use a sugar substitute like Truvia on occasion, 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, anti-oxidants and protein.


Yield: 6

Broccoli Salad Recipe on the Light Side

Broccoli Salad Recipe on the Light Side


  • 3 cups approx 2 heads broccoli cleaned & chopped (I like my pieces on the bigger side)
  • 8 tbsp Real bacon bits
  • 4 - 6 oz 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



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 137 Saturated Fat 3g Cholesterol 30mg Sodium 445mg Carbohydrates 6g Fiber 1g Sugar 2g Protein 12g
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.

Be sure to serve the salad very cold for best taste. What’s your favorite broccoli recipe? broccoli-salad-is-an-easy-side-dish-that-will-please-the-whole-family

Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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    Terra Heck
    June 13, 2014 at 12:55 am

    That looks really good, and would make a great dish to make for potlucks and carry-in dinners.

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    Pattie @ Olla-Podrida
    April 28, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I love broccoli salad and was just thinking about it yesterday, particularly since I seem to have quite a lot of broccoli in the crisper. I’ll be trying this recipe. Thanks!

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    April 28, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    This sound yummy, Michele. I like the idea of greek yogurt ~ I need to try this!
    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I’m featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!
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    April 28, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I pinned this recipe! I love broccoli salad! In fact, when I was at the hospital waiting to have my son, I sent my hubby to Ruby Tuesday to get me some of their broccoli salad!

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    Stephanie R
    April 29, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I have never had broccoli salad but this looks really delicious!

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    Gentle Joy
    April 30, 2015 at 10:27 am

    We really like broccoli salad— it is delicious. 🙂

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    April 30, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Michelle, my page doesn’t have amounts for the yogurt or the vinegar. I’m guessing 3/4 of a cup of yogurt and 1/4 cup of vinegar. Is that correct? The recipe looks wonderful, and I’d like to make it this weekend. Thanks.

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      Michele Brosius
      May 5, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Sorry about that it is 1/4 cup white vinegar & 3/4 plain yogurt. All fixed up. Thanks

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    May 1, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Sounds so good! Thank you for linking up with us at Idea Box link party!

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    May 3, 2015 at 1:05 am

    how much vinegar? just says 1/4 white vinegar, is that a 1/4 cup, teaspoon, tablespoon?

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    Sounds good & I’d love to try this version. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

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    Arlene Keehn
    June 20, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I tried this recipe and found it too runny. I did not enjoy it at all.
    Will not be making it again.

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      Michele Brosius
      June 20, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Sorry to hear that. If mine gets too runny, I just add more bulk, like extra broccoli. Thanks!

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    August 3, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Have you looked at the ingredients of the Truvia powder? I buy PURE Stevia extract by preference. The teaspoon equivalent is about half the size of a BB. Truvia contains other sugars to bulk it up. Alternatively, the plant is easy to grow and dry. For anything where color doesn’t matter (my bran crackers for instance) I just powder the dry leaves.

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    I had a recipe for a Broccoli Cauliflower Floret Salad, which was delicious. I lost the recipe, and cannot find anything like it. Help please!

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    February 21, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Love this salad! I haven’t seen it made with Greek yogurt- will have to try it out! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

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    Charlotte Holland
    July 29, 2017 at 8:43 pm

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

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      Michele Brosius
      July 31, 2017 at 8:33 am

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

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    April 7, 2019 at 4:37 pm

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

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    Linda Bryan
    November 19, 2019 at 9:04 am

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

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      Michele Brosius
      November 19, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      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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