Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cranberries #SundaySupper

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cranberries – A healthy salad of fresh Broccoli, crisp bacon and sweet dried cranberries tossed in a light yogurt and mayonnaise sauce is perfect for a picnic.

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This was a huge hit! Can't wait to make it again. Fresh Broccoli Salad with Crispy Bacon and Dried Cranberries Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish

I recently had a version of this broccoli salad at an Easter egg hunt and picnic. It was love at first bite. I’ve had a lot of different versions of broccoli salad, but that one was better. I had to go home and lighten it up. The first step to lightening a recipe is to look at the ingredients and take note of any high calorie ingredients. First, the salad I had was filled with fresh broccoli, bacon, cranberries and sunflower seeds. The sauce tasted mostly of mayonnaise and vinegar. My high calorie items were going to be the bacon, sunflower seeds and mayo. Then I think about healthy swaps. Center cut bacon is actually not horrific in calories. It is a splurge, but in this salad the bacon was worth the added calories. I knew if I finely chopped the bacon, you would get a little bit in each bite. That was easy.

This was a huge hit! Can't wait to make it again. Fresh Broccoli Salad with Crispy Bacon and Dried Cranberries Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish

I then thought about the sunflower seeds. I noticed that they had fallen to the bottom of the salad, and their flavor was overwhelmed by the cranberries and bacon. So while seeds are actually healthy, they are not needed. I’d rather spare the calories here and have a handful of sunflower seeds for a snack. I just eliminated them. Next is the dressing. While I adore Greek yogurt, I don’t really like it alone in a dressing. I still miss the mayonnaise. Some people are quite happy to swap all the mayo for Greek yogurt, but it doesn’t work for my taste buds. So I find most of the time a 50-50 swap works. Say bye-bye calories from fat.

After I eliminate fat, I need to think about adding flavor. This salad is really simple with few ingredients. The vinegar actually does matter. I went with champagne vinegar. It will still give you that tang but is smoother in flavor. A little dash of sweetener made up for the lack of mayonnaise. Next, lower sugar dried cranberries helped reduce the sugar content further. Since I would rather control the sugar in this, I used a no calorie sweetener, but you can use sugar. The other tip is to use good quality ingredients. Get good bacon. I’m sure you know what I mean. I did use center cut, but I bought a better quality bacon. I used farm fresh broccoli and red onions. I also splurged on the champagne vinegar.

With just a few tricks, it is easy to lower the calories and fat in most dishes. Figure out where you want the bang for your buck. Don’t be afraid to use a little of high calories items, just make sure they are really needed. Bacon was needed, sunflowers weren’t. It is that easy.
This was a huge hit! Can't wait to make it again. Fresh Broccoli Salad with Crispy Bacon and Dried Cranberries Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish

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This was a huge hit! Can't wait to make it again. Fresh Broccoli Salad with Crispy Bacon and Dried Cranberries Low Calorie, Low Fat Healthy Side Dish

Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cranberries #SundaySupper

Course Salad, Side Dish, Vegetable
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 71 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 10 oz broccoli florets cut into small florets
  • 3 slices center cut bacon finely crumbled
  • 3/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries chopped
  • 3 tbsp low-fat mayonnaise dressing
  • 3 tbsp 2% fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 1 tsp sweetener
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Toss first 4 ingredients into a medium bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients.
  3. Add dressing to broccoli and stir well.
  4. Refrigerate for a few hours to let the flavors come together

Recipe Notes

I calculated 3 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cranberries #SundaySupper
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 5g
Protein 3g 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. Charlotte Moore says
    This really looks delicious and sounds good too. I made a recipe of one similar to this years ago. Need to try yours.
  2. YUM! I love that you added mayo, but subbed most of it for Greek yogurt!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Nichole. That is a great trick to reduce the calories but still have that mayo flavor.
  3. Karen Gerber says
    Would like this recipe to be "pin able " so I can add it to my pins. Subscribed to your blog, but can't find the recipr
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Karen, Can you give me a little more information? You can pin the recipe. I have a pin button down the bottom. The actual recipe with ingredients cannot be pinned as that is a copyright infringement. When you look at the post, you cannot see the recipe? If so, are you on a computer or mobile device. I will try to figure out what is going on. Thanks, Christie
  4. I love the change up from mayo to yogurt and raisins to cranberries in this traditional picnic salad, nicely done!
  5. Great twist on a classic!
  6. Did you say "bacon". YUM
  7. WOW does this need to happen at my house! It looks sooooo good I want to head to the store right now and grab what I need to make it for dinner tonight!!
  8. I made my version of this salad a few weeks ago---so darned tasty! And I'm delighted to have your lightened up version to try now.
  9. Looks great! The broccoli doesn't need cooking with this method, I gather?
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi David, No, there is no need to cook the broccoli. I don't usually like raw broccoli, but it really works beautifully in this recipe.
  10. Love broccoli salad. Yours sounds wonderful with the sweet cranberries and salty bacon...yum!
  11. Home run, Christie! Now I know what to do with the champagne vinegar in my fridge =) P.s. Thank you for canceling the calorie showdown and presenting a gorgeously delicious salad =)
  12. Broccoli salad is one of my family's picnic staples. Cranberries sound like a really nice addition!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Sarah, The cranberries add just a little sweetness without making the salad "too" sweet. Thanks for visiting Food Done Light today, Christie
  13. This is one of my favorite salads for a picnic!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Mary Ellen, I could eat this at least once a week and since this is a healthier version, I can!
  14. This looks wonderful! I love Broccoli Salad!
  15. I do love salads and am constantly on the lookout for new recipes to trial. You definitely can consider I will be making this broccoli salad - the addition of bacon in it is just too delicious to ignore!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Thalia, I hate to admit it, but it really is all about the bacon. The broccoli is good, but the bacon sends it to a new level. Thanks for visiting Food Done Light today, Christie
  16. My grandma used to make a version of this with sour cream and no mayo... I like the extra richness yours lends though!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Sarah, I usually do a mix of mayo, sour cream and yogurt in creamy salad recipes, but I wanted to keep this one simple. I adore sour cream but it has more calories. Thanks for visiting Food Done Light today, Christie
  17. I love, love, love this salad! It's time to make a batch!
  18. What a tasty looking salad. I love how you lightened it up and so glad you kept the bacon :)
  19. This is one of our favorite salads. We probably have this once a week during the summer months.
  20. What a great combo! Anything with bacon in it is A OK in my book!
  21. This is one of my all time favorite summer salads! I love that you used cranberries instead of raisins. That sounds fabulous!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Courtney, I have a family full of people who don't like raisins. The cranberries were a perfect substitute.
  22. I make a pasta salad very similar to this. I love fresh broccoli.
  23. This looks scrumptious, Christie! The mix of sweet and salty would be a big hit with my family, and we love just about anything with broccoli. Thanks for sharing!

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