Shaved Broccoli Salad (2024)

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Let’s start off with the name of this salad. Shaved? Ugh…I’ll admit, I hesitated over using that word. Seriously though, it was the word that just kept repeating in my head as I wondered how this would all work if I “shaved” the broccoli. I imagined, instead of hunks of stalky, unyielding crowns, this salad would have crisp, crunchy slivers of broccoli, surrounded by a light and creamy dressing and flecked with sweet cranberries, tart apple slices and nutty almonds. I used my best chef’s knife to slice through each crown, as you would julienne any other vegetable. You could used your mandoline or slicer blade on your food processor, but I enjoy the process of chopping. It’s therapeutic. I will warn you…it is a bit messy. The broccoli heads break up and get all over your hands, but you’ll want to tough it out. This salad is so worth it!

Shaved Broccoli Salad

3 – 4 small broccoli heads, stems cut to about 2″ and julienned
1 small red apple, cut into slices about the same size as the broccoli
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 small red onion, sliced
1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/4 cup mayonnaise or vegenaise
1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg’s)
2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine all of the salad ingredients, up to the onion, in a large bowl. Combine the dressing in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour the dressing over the broccoli and toss to combine and get it all covered. Add the almond slices and toss a bit more. If you can stand it, refrigerate for an hour before serving…but I bet you eat half of it before it makes it to the fridge!


  • When cutting the broccoli crowns, put the tip of your knife on the board and rocking back and forth, run it across, keeping the knife tip on the board to cut easily and evenly through the crown.
  • I used only the crown and about two inches or so of the stalk. You could most certainly cut the stalk up into two inch lengths and julienne or coarsely grate them.
  • When purchasing broccoli, look for the florets that are the most compact. The ones that are more open are not as fresh.
  • When I bring the broccoli home, I like to trim the end of the stalk and store them with the stalk in a bit of water in a bowl or dish until I’m ready to use them.
  • This salad packs up easily for school or work lunches or even for a picnic!
  • Broccoli can help with weight loss! Read this recent article from Shape Magazine.
  • If you like this salad, you may also like Curried Chicken Waldorf Salad.
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    1. Shaved Broccoli Salad (4)Alicia

      I made this salad for my women’s ministry potluck and everyone loved it. What I like the most is that bacon is not necessary, I did cut it in julienne . Thanks so much for your sharing, Carol!


      • Shaved Broccoli Salad (5)Caroline Hurley

        Alicia, I’m so happy to hear that you all enjoyed this salad! Yes, a julienne cut works great too. I just love those small, crunchy bites. Thanks for putting a huge smile on my face today!


      • Shaved Broccoli Salad (7)Caroline Hurley

        Thanks so much, Robin! I’m so happy you liked it!


    2. Shaved Broccoli Salad (8)graham faulks

      This is not shaving broccoli and it is most certainly not julienning as you are not cutting into batons.


      • Shaved Broccoli Salad (9)Caroline

        Thanks for your input, Graham. You are correct in that this cut is not julienne. I use that term loosely to reinforce that the cuts be made very thin and small. That said, this is shaving broccoli. The culinary definition of shaving is to cut into wide and paper thin slices using a knife or mandoline, as I suggest. I hope that clarifies my description.


    3. Shaved Broccoli Salad (10)Nick

      Thank you so much for this!

      Also, for the non-vegetarians out there, I have tried making this salad with beef and also with king prawns and both work really well!


    4. Shaved Broccoli Salad (12)George

      I want to try your recipe here but I am a bacon lover and would have to add that. I never shaved Broccoli before but I do love to cook, so I will try it.


      • Shaved Broccoli Salad (13)Caroline

        Bacon sounds delicious, George! Let me know how it turns out! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!


    5. Shaved Broccoli Salad (14)Kerry Wells

      I made this salad during a cookery lesson that I gave my daughter this afternoon, she and her boyfriend are building a house together and will be moving in next year. She is has reached her twenties unable to cook and is out to impress him. She is vegetarian but he is not so she is learning to cook meat dishes and he is learning to appreciate vegetarian dishes. This salad is sure to win him over.


      • Shaved Broccoli Salad (15)Caroline

        I’m so glad you and your daughter liked this salad, Kerry! It’s one of my favorites! I hope her boyfriend agrees! I love that you and your daughter spend time in the kitchen cooking together…those are the best moments we always remember! Thanks for sharing your story with me…you made my day.


    6. Shaved Broccoli Salad (16)Blair


      Thanks so much for sharing this! Made it Sunday morning after church when I threw a pork roast in the crock pot for dinner. I’m still eating this shaved broccoli salad (also stuck in a roasted broccoli rut) and cannot stop telling everyone how delicious this came out! Sharing it now with my soon to be MIL!



      • Shaved Broccoli Salad (17)Caroline

        Awww, Blair…your message means so much to me! I love hearing when my recipes have been tested and loved so much! What a great pairing with a pork roast…I’ve got to keep that one in mind! I love it roasted too…but this salad is nice in the summer! Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know and for sharing it with everyone! AND…congratulations and best wishes on your future wedding!


    7. Shaved Broccoli Salad (18)DB-The Foodie Stuntman

      Hi Caroline! Thanks for following me on G+. Nice to make your acquaintance. You know, the fact that shaving broccoli had humorous undertones never occurred to me until you noted it but Mrs. Stuntman would say I’m a little dense. I would have thought to use my mandolin to do so at first too, but I could also see the crowns being quite messy in doing so. Either way, it looks delicious!


    8. Shaved Broccoli Salad (19)Eva | Adventures in Cooking

      Mmmm, I love me some shredded veggies. I have been eating a ton of pan-seared broccoli lately and have been looking to mix it up in broccoli-land, I also have a giant tub of Greek yogurt in my fridge, so I am definitely going to be giving this a try!


      • Shaved Broccoli Salad (20)Caroline

        Eva, you are so funny! I love them too! Let me know how you like it! :)


        • Shaved Broccoli Salad (21)Carol

          How many people does this salad serve. I’d like to take it to a pot luck.


          • Shaved Broccoli Salad (22)Caroline

            Hi Carol! If you use the 3 to 4 broccoli heads, this salad can serve about 6 to 8 portions. I’m so glad you’ll be taking it to your potluck! Hope everyone loves it!


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    Shaved Broccoli Salad (2024)


    How do you shave broccoli? ›

    To start, we're going to shave most of those little bitty buds into our bowl. Hold the broccoli by the stem in one hand, and hold the knife parallel to the top of floret with your other hand. Very lightly, take off the thinnest layer, without cutting into the florets.

    Can broccoli be eaten raw as in a salad? ›

    Serving broccoli raw is an excellent option, since it retains these nutrients and the enzyme that forms isothiocyanate compounds. Before serving on a relish tray or salad, quickly blanching and cooling allows you to get even a bit more of these compounds.

    Why does my broccoli salad get watery? ›

    Extra water on the broccoli can make for a runny mixture. The same goes for rinsing your broccoli! Make sure you give your broccoli adequate time to dry after rinsing. You get enough moisture from the dressing mixture that any extra water will make your salad too watery.

    What is the best way to shave vegetables? ›

    While a mandoline can be useful, you don't need one—or any other special equipment. With just a sharp vegetable peeler, you can turn zucchini into long, silky ribbons that retain their delicate texture and fresh flavor. Slicing Brussels sprouts very thinly by hand causes them to have a softer chew.

    How to make brocoli salad? ›

    Whisk together mayonnaise, cider vinegar and honey. Toss salad ingredients with dressing: Combine broccoli florets, almonds, crumbled bacon, chopped onion, and peas in a large serving bowl. Add dressing to the salad and toss to mix well.

    How long does broccoli last in the fridge? ›

    Fresh broccoli lasts between 3 to 5 days in the fridge when properly stored. “For cut-up broccoli, I would say no more than 4 days for optimal use,” Amidor says. “But it's best to cut from the whole head right before cooking or eating to maintain nutrients.”

    Why does my stomach hurt so bad after eating broccoli? ›

    Cruciferous Vegetables

    Vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower are high in sulfur and can cause bloating and gas. Try some of these vegetables to see if they are easier to digest: carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, zucchini, green beans, celery and squash.

    Is it okay to eat broccoli every day? ›

    Introducing broccoli into your daily dietary routine can yield various health benefits. Its fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants contribute to improved digestion, bone health, and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.

    Can you eat broccoli on an empty stomach? ›

    While broccoli is highly nutritious, it is also exceptionally tough to digest when eaten raw. You might be at the mercy of digestive discomfort if you consume large quantities of broccoli for breakfast. It often leads to gas and bloating, which is not a great way to start your day.

    Does broccoli salad go bad? ›

    Broccoli Salad can be made in advance and kept in the fridge (at least an hour but up to 24 hours) until you're ready to serve. If you'd like to make further ahead, keep the dressing separate and toss a few hours before serving. Leftovers will last about 4-5 days in the fridge.

    How long to boil broccoli? ›

    Break apart the florets. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets and cook, uncovered, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes depending on the size of the florets. Drain into a colander, transfer to a plate, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve with lemon wedges.

    Is soggy broccoli OK to eat? ›

    Broccoli should be green, so it's a bad sign if the florets turn yellow or brown. If there are any visible mold spots, or if the broccoli looks mushy, it's definitely time to toss the bunch.

    How to clean and cut broccoli? ›

    Use a paring knife to remove any leaves or tough skin on the stalks, then use the chef's knife to slice and separate the head from the stalks. Chop the stalks into 1-inch pieces, or whatever is called for in your recipe, then chop the head of the broccoli into individual florets.

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