Simple Broccoli Salad (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

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My favorite broccoli salad with all the things: salty bacon, sweet raisins, crunchy seeds, and lots of earthy veggies! I like to make a double recipe of this sweet and savory broccoli salad to have for lunch during the week, especially when paired with some leftover grilled chicken or steak. This is the perfect summer salad and I know you’ll love how easy it comes together and how delicious it is!
Paleo Whole30 Raw Broccoli Salad Recipe

What Broccoli is So Good For You!

Trees, this is what my youngest calls broccoli when we have this dish, followed by “why are we eating trees?” Well, they may look like trees but they are far more tasty and super duper nutritious!

Vitamins

  • Vitamin B9 (folate): Essential vitamin that supports healthy metabolism, and is key in breaking down homocysteine, and amino acid that is harmful in high concentrations [1].
  • Vitamin C: is a powerful antioxidant our bodies use to neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress and helps improve absorption of non-heme iron found in plants.
  • Vitamin K: is essential in bone health and it is converted to vitamin K2 by our gut microbiome, which supports our heart health!

Minerals

  • Iron: Essential in the creation of hemoglobin, supports a healthy digestive tract, and is necessary in immune health.
  • Manganese: Essential mineral in supporting blood sugar regulation, glucose metabolism, and supporting healthy brain and nerve function [2].
  • PotassiumMineral is an electrolyte supporting metabolic pathways, regulates heartbeat, is necessary in normal cell function.

Fiber

Broccoli has a great amount of insoluble and soluble fiber to support a healthy digestive system and microbiome. The fiber in broccoli supports both healthy blood sugars and a healthy cardiovascular system.

Chlorophyll

Broccoli contains a pigment called chlorophyll that not only gives green fruits and vegetables their gorgeous hue, but also has some amazing potential benefits! Studies have shown a diet rich in foods that contain chlorophyll may support healthy skin and blood building properties [3].

Sulforaphane

Sulforaphane is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and arugula that has been shown to have many health benefits. Studies have shown that this powerful compound is stored in cruciferous vegetables in an inactive form known as glucoraphanin. Glucoraphanin is then activated by chopping, cutting, or chewing the food releasing an enzyme, myrosinase, to produce sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to support health and wellness [4].

The Best Tangy Paleo Broccoli Salad Recipe

 

Uncured Bacon or Cured Bacon?

What is the difference? Bacon that has been cured has been treated with salt, spices and potassium nitrate and sodium nitrite that work to season and preserve the bacon as well as help it to maintain its pink color. Uncured bacon is preserved with salt, spices and celery powder or juice (a natural source of sodium nitrite) to preserve and season the bacon. Although both contain nitrites, I personally would rather source mine from a natural source, like celery.

Another additive that consumers should be wary of is the sugar that is added to the bacon. Unless a bacon is specifically labeled as “Paleo/Whole30” chances are it contains some form of refined sugar such as cane sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Read your labels and always be mindful of what is being added to your food. I personally love to shop at my local CoOp that sources it’s pork from a local farm that humanely raises their pigs and makes all natural bacon with salt, celery juice and honey.

Broccoli Salad Ingredients:

4 cups Broccoli Florets finely chopped
1/2 Red Onion finely diced
1 Carrot shredded
1/2 cup Organic Raisins*
3/4 cup No Sugar Mayonnaise
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
4 oz No Sugar Bacon diced
1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds/Pepitas
1 tsp Real Fine Salt
1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp Poppyseeds opt

Paleo Whole30 Raw Broccoli Salad Recipe

Simple Broccoli Salad (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

My favorite broccoli salad with all the things: salty bacon, sweet raisins, crunchy seeds, and lots of earthy veggies!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 289 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Dice the bacon and sauté over medium heat until browned and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and set aside to cool.
  • Finely chop the broccoli, shred the carrot, and finely dice the onion, set aside.
  • In a large bowl, make the broccoli salad dressing: add the mayonnaise, ACV, and spices and whisk to combine.
  • Transfer the veggies and bacon to the bowl with the dressing and add the seeds and raisins, stir to evenly coat.

Notes

*Omit for keto

Nutrition

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Nutrition Facts
Simple Broccoli Salad (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
Amount per Serving
Calories
289
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
25
g
38
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
12
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Cholesterol
 
18
mg
6
%
Sodium
 
542
mg
24
%
Potassium
 
337
mg
10
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
1580
IU
32
%
Vitamin C
 
42
mg
51
%
Calcium
 
42
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Simple Broccoli Salad

 

 

FAQs

 
Q: Can I use the whole broccoli including the stalk?
A: Absolutely! If i have a large broccoli with the stem, just chop up the florets and then use a box shredder and shred the thick stalks with the carrot to add to the salad!
 
Q: How long will homemade broccoli salad last?
A: Store you broccoli salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy within 2-3 days.
 
Q: I’ve seen recipes where the broccoli is blanched ahead of time, what does this do and why don’t you do it?
A: Blanching the broccoli for about 45-60 seconds (then rinse under cold water) will help in reducing the bitterness in the broccoli, which you can do! However, I prefer to chop my broccoli into really small pieces (and shred any large stems) as this really helps it meld with the other beautiful flavors.

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