When it comes to healthy side dishes, it doesn’t get much better than this Broccoli Slaw Salad! It’s crunchy and addictive, tossed in a creamy homemade coleslaw dressing, and it’s perfect for any gathering. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan and is a family favorite!

Broccoli slaw in a bowl with jar of dressing behind

It’s the last day of August, which means fall is officially on the horizon. This is the best time of year because summer and fall intersect and produce from both seasons are widely available.

While I’m ready for fall, I haven’t quite shifted gears yet as far as food prep. I have a few more late summer-inspired recipes coming your way in September, then it will be all about pumpkin, apples, pears and comfort food. ๐Ÿ™‚

For now, my mind is planted firmly on Labor Day, which typically includes a feast of grilled bbq chicken, corn on the cob and our all time favorite side dish — this Broccoli Slaw Salad.

While my family enjoys classic coleslaw, this broccoli version has been a family favorite for years. I make it once a week and it never, ever gets old. That speaks volumes, because normally I get tired of making (and eating) the same things. ๐Ÿ™‚

This dish is a hybrid of broccoli slaw and broccoli salad. It incorporates a double dose of broccoli with slaw and florets, so it’s the best of both worlds.

Broccoli slaw recipe in a bowl without dressing

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • This broccoli slaw recipe is an addictive blend of crunchy broccoli, crisp apple, chewy cranberries, toasted almonds and a creamy coleslaw dressing.
  • It’s a healthy side dish that’s extremely versatile — it’s perfect with almost anything you’re serving.
  • This is an easy recipe that may be prepped in advance, and it keeps well for 2-3 days in the fridge.
  • It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, and is customizable with ingredients that suit your diet. 

Recipe ingredients

This broccoli slaw recipe includes just a few ingredients that are very easy to prep.

It’s extremely customizable with what you have on hand as outlined in the ingredient notes below.

Broccoli slaw ingredients

Ingredient notes

  • Broccoli. This recipe includes a double dose of broccoli with broccoli slaw and florets for great texture, color and crunch.
  • Apple. Use any variety you’d like or sub with another variety of fruit that you have on hand.
  • Green onions. Sub with red onion, chives or whatever you have on hand.
  • Cranberries. The cranberries add a delicious tangy flavor and chewy texture. They may be subbed with your favorite dried fruit or omitted altogether.
  • Toasted almonds. You can purchase pre-toasted almonds at most grocery stores as a time saver. The almonds may be subbed with your favorite nuts, seeds or omitted altogether.
  • Coleslaw dressing. I used my homemade coleslaw dressing in this recipe, which happens to be vegan. It may be subbed with your favorite mayo, or you can use your favorite brand of store bought dressing.

How to make this recipe

Broccoli slaw salad is such an easy recipe to make as there is minimal prep!

Pro tip: Prep the ingredients in advance and assemble just before serving to make prep time even faster.

How to make broccoli slaw
  1. Chop the broccoli crown into bite-sized florets.
  2. Place the florets, slaw, apple, green onions, and cranberries in a large bowl.
  3. Toss with enough of the broccoli slaw dressing to coat.
  4. Top the salad with the almonds just before serving.
Broccoli Slaw Salad in a bowl with coleslaw dressing pouring over the top

FAQs

What is broccoli slaw made of?

Broccoli slaw is thinly cut broccoli stems. It is sold in packages which typically includes a bit of grated carrot and purple cabbage, and is mostly used in place of cabbage for coleslaw.

Can you eat broccoli slaw raw?

Broccoli slaw is typically eaten raw. It’s nice and crunchy, and is a great addition to salads or enjoyed as coleslaw.

How long does broccoli slaw last in the fridge?

Broccoli slaw will keep in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Serving suggestions

My family loves this healthy broccoli slaw recipe, so I make it once a week.  It’s extremely versatile and works with almost anything you may be serving.

Below are some of my favorite mains to serve alongside this delicious slaw:

Recipe notes

  • Pro tip: Prep the ingredients in advance and assemble just before serving to make prep time even faster.
  • Add the almonds right before serving so that they keep their crunchy texture.
  • The slaw keeps well for 2-3 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Customize with your favorite veggies, dried fruit or nuts!
Bowl of broccoli slaw with serving spoon and coleslaw dressing nearby

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If you make this recipe, Iโ€™d love to hear from you!  Leave a comment and rating below, or tag me @flavorthemoments on Instagram!

Broccoli slaw in a bowl with jar of dressing behind

Broccoli Slaw Salad

This broccoli slaw salad is packed with crunchy broccoli, crisp apple, chewy cranberries, and toasted almonds. It's tossed with a creamy coleslaw dressing and is perfect for any gathering!
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Ingredients

  • 1 large broccoli crown (2-3 cups bite-sized florets)
  • 12 ounces broccoli slaw
  • 1 medium apple chopped
  • 2 green onions sliced on the bias
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced toasted almonds
  • Coleslaw Dressing

Instructions 

  • Chop the broccoli crown into bite-sized florets.
  • Place the broccoli florets, broccoli slaw, apple, green onions and cranberries in a large bowl.
  • Add the desired amount of coleslaw dressing (you may not need it all), and toss to coat.
  • Top the broccoli slaw with the almonds just before serving and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Pro tip: Prep the ingredients in advance and assemble just before serving to make prep time even faster.
  • Add the almonds right before serving so that they keep their crunchy texture.
  • The slaw keeps well for 2-3 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
  • Customize with your favorite veggies, dried fruit or nuts!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 136kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 93mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 13g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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