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Broccoli Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Dressing | lifemadesimplebakes.com
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Broccoli Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Yogurt Dressing

Crisp, crunchy and full of flavor, this broccoli salad with lemon poppy seed yogurt dressing is the perfect summer side salad. It only takes 15 minutes to whip up!!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 488kcal


  • 2 heads broccoli trimmed into bite-size pieces
  • 4 slices bacon cooked, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries OR dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup almonds sliced, toasted
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds salted and roasted
  • 4 oz medium cheddar cheese OR sharp cheddar, cut into small cubes

For the Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt We like Stonyfield Whole Milk Plain Greek OR Regular Yogurt OR olive oil mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 lemon zested
  • pinch salt


  • Add clean, dry broccoli pieces into a large mixing bowl. Add bacon, onions, cherries, almonds, sunflower seeds and cheese.
  • To make the salad dressing, in a small mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, poppy seeds, lemon zest and salt until combined. Pour the desired amount dressing over the salad, toss to combine. Serve immediately.


-If you can't stand the taste of raw broccoli, bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the florets for 45 seconds, remove and place into a bowl of ice water. I've made this salad both ways and I personally prefer raw broccoli, but the "blanched" version is delicious too!
-Double this to feed a crowd!!
-You can easily add 2 cups of washed greens to this salad (kale, spinach, spring mix etc.) OR try adding a cup of cooked quinoa.


Serving: 4serving | Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 434mg | Potassium: 1236mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 2447IU | Vitamin C: 287mg | Calcium: 429mg | Iron: 4mg