Mayo-Free Broccoli Bacon Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
This lightly dressed, chilled broccoli salad is great for picnics, potlucks, and other casual get-togethers. The mayonnaise-free dressing adds a boost of bright flavor thanks to the fresh lemon juice and zest, while the crisp-tender broccoli and pumpkin seeds add a satisfying crunch.
If you have the time, make this recipe the night before. The extra time will allow the flavors to blend more thoroughly.
- ¾ c. full-fat, non-flavored Greek yogurt
- 1 T. honey* or one very small pinch Stevia powder
- 2 T. fresh lemon juice
- 1 T. fresh lemon zest
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
- Broccoli Salad:
- ½ small red onion, outer skin removed and cut into thin slices
- 2 large heads fresh broccoli, tough stems removed, rinsed, and broken into florets
- 6 slices bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
- ¼ c. fresh parsley, chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- ⅓ c. toasted pumpkin seeds, unsalted
- To make the dressing, combine the Greek yogurt, honey, lemon juice, and zest in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
- Add the broccoli florets to a large, microwave-safe dish and add 2-3 T. water. Cover and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes, or until florets are crisp tender. (Check after 3 minutes and adjust cooking times accordingly).
- Remove from microwave and drain excess liquid. Set aside, uncovered, and allow steamed florets to cool.
- In a large glass or other non-reactive bowl, combine the red onion, broccoli, crumbled bacon, and fresh parsley. Toss gently to combine. Top with ½ Greek yogurt dressing and toss again until ingredients are thoroughly coated. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or overnight before serving. Cover and reserve remaining dressing, as well.
- Toss chilled salad with remaining dressing right before serving, or serve on the side for those who prefer a little extra dressing. Sprinkle with the toasted pumpkin seeds right before serving to keep them crunchy.
- *1 tablespoon of honey contains up to 17 grams of carbs, or approximately 4¼ grams per serving. If this is too high for your needs, you can use a very small amount of stevia powder or liquid as a substitute.