Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe

Broccoli salad is a classic salad dish that is perfect for summer picnics, potlucks and barbecues. With just 3 ingredients you can make an Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe to toss with crunchy vegetables & broccoli slaw that’s keto, paleo & vegetarian friendly!

This Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe works great on store-bought prepared broccoli slaw, Plus I’ll also teach you my favorite way to make Broccoli Slaw at home, too!

Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe

Similar in taste to coleslaw but only made with shredded broccoli stems in stead of cabbage, this Broccoli Slaw Recipe is a tasty side dish with a creamy, mayo based dressing.

I’ve taken great price in my cold-salad game for all of my adult life. There is just something so refreshing about an easy broccoli slaw with a creamy dressing and I’ve dong my best to make sure that this is in fact the best broccoli slaw recipe by testing it countless times with a wide variety of substitutions and trust me you’re going to love this healthy broccoli slaw dressing recipe!

This easy recipe for a delicious creamy dressing works great on both homemade broccoli slaw as well as store bought brocccoli slaw bag found in the bagged salads area of your local grocery store.

How to make Broccoli into Slaw at home

Most often when we think of broccoli slaw, we’ll be heading to the grocery store to grab a bag of pre-shredded broccoli slaw mix, right?? But did you know that you can totally make your own broccoli slaw at home instead of buying a broccoli slaw bag!?! Let me teach you how!

Broccoli slaw is simply shredded broccoli stalks (much like how Coleslaw is made from shredded cabbage).

Anytime I use broccoli florets (often after making dishes like my Keto Broccoli Salad Recipe, Easy Keto Broccoli Cheese Soup with Chicken Recipe or Artichoke, Chicken & Broccoli Meatballs) I save the broccoli stalks to use later.

Use a sharp knife to cut the fresh broccoli, removing the raw broccoli florets from the raw broccoli stems.

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Broccoli keeps for at least a week in the fridge, but the stems will keep even longer. My best tip for storing all vegetables is using THESE vegetable storage containers, or you can see them featured in my Fridge Clean Out Salad with Honey Poppyseed Dressing post.

Making a creamy broccoli slaw using the stalks from crisp broccoli (instead of a bag of broccoli slaw)

is also a great way to utilize a part of fresh broccoli vegetable that otherwise you would most likely have discarded.

How do you Shred Broccoli?

Then all you need to do to transform broccoli stems INTO slaw is to grate or shred them. I highly suggest using a food processor with a shredding disk. (grating and/or shredded by hand on a box grater IS POSSIBLE or even finely cutting into thin matchsticks, but in my opinion too much work!)

How to make broccoli slaw at hhome using a food processor

Funny story about my beloved Magimix Food processor, it was the very first product that I ever received as a part of a collaboration as a food-blogger way back in 2012!! 10 years later, it’s still working great and I highly recommend it!

When making broccoli slaw mix in a food processor at home, you can stick to all broccoli or add other veggies like carrots, red cabbage or cauliflower stalks, too! (I generally add a carrot for color) Just make sure there are no large pieces, just like when shredding cabbage to make a traditional coleslaw.

Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe

Not only is broccoli slaw delicious served with a creamy tangy dressing in a cold salad, you can also use it in stir-fry or sautéed as a warm side dish!

Broccoli Slaw Dressing Ingredients

There are only 3 main ingredients needed to make this Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe for your next summer barbecue. No need to find some obscure secret ingredient when your making a soon-to-be family favorite creamy slaw like this!

3 Ingredients:

  1. Mayonnaise
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar*
  3. Sweetener**

*I always use apple cider vinegar for the best results, but a great alternative is to use red wine vinegar or white vinegar if you are in a pinch with minimal difference of flavor.

**I’m choosing to use the term sweetener to give you the option to fully customize this recipe to fit your unique dietary needs and personal preferences.

  • Classic Broccoli Slaw using regular granulated sugar works great!
  • Broccoli Slaw Recipe Keto, I recommend using Monk Fruit is the sweetener, this golden monk fruit is my favorite. (this is the sweetener I have listed in the recipe card)
  • Broccoli Slaw Recipe Paleo, I recommend using Honey as your sweetener. You can also try using maple syrup, if desired, but the flavor will be mapley.
  • Broccoli Slaw Recipe Vegan, any sweetener except honey will work along with your vegan mayo, vegan mayonnaise of choice.

NOTE: I purposefully left out salt and black pepper but do list them in the recipe, because DUH, they are a staple seasoning!

Additionally, you may find other broccoli slaw dressing recipes that contain ingredients in a addition to a prepared broccoli slaw and my 3 ingredient dressing; like lemons, lemon juice, greek yogurt, extra virgin olive oil, small red onion, celery seed, sweet apple, julienned apple or even dijon mustard – trust me less is more! This healthy broccoli slaw recipe is perfect as-is best broccoli salad and doesn’t need to be made any more complicated!

How to make Broccoli Slaw

Once you’ve gotten all the ingredients together for your Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe and made your Broccoli Slaw – it’s as easy and mixing and serving this great side dish!!

Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe

In a small bowl combine all the Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe ingredients and mix well then pour over top of your shredded broccoli and veggies (remaining ingredients) in a large bowl, large mixing bowl.

Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe

Give it all a stir until well coated!

Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe

When I’m making chilled summer salads like this broccoli slaw salad recipe, Broccoli Salad or a traditional Coleslaw, I found that the best thing to ensure you’ve made a delicious salad is to give it ample time to rest. Giving it 12-24 hours in the fridge for the flavors to come together and instead of eating it right away, we most often enjoy a crunchy salad like the tangy broccoli slaw the next day.

What to serve with Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli slaw is best served with any meal that you would normally serve a creamy-chilled salad (like coleslaw,, broccoli salad, macaroni salad or potato salad). I like to think of what to serve broccoli slaw with starting with the protein. It’s delicious as a side dish to a burger, pork, steak, chicken, sandwiches, etc.

Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe

How to garnish Broccoli Slaw for Serving?

If you are looking to make your broccoli slaw look extra special when you’re serving it, feel free to garnish the serving bowl with sliced almonds, thinly sliced green onions, crunchy sunflower seeds, parsley, sliced red onions, dried cranberries or raisins.

Garnished or not, this easy broccoli slaw recipe is the perfect easy side dish that you’re family will love!

Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe

Broccoli Slaw FAQ

What is the difference between broccoli slaw and coleslaw?

The difference between broccoli slaw and Coleslaw is the vegetables used. Broccoli slaw is made from shredded broccoli stems, coleslaw is made from shredded cabbage.

Can broccoli slaw be eaten raw?

Yes! Broccoli slaw be eaten raw and is delicious!

How long does Broccoli slaw last in the fridge?

Broccoli slaw (with dressing) will last roughly 5 days in the fridge when stored in an airtight container.

Can you stir fry Broccoli Slaw

Yes! Instead of eating broccoli slaw as a cold salad you can stir fry it (without the dressing of course) – this applies to both homemade shredded broccoli slaw as well as bags of broccoli slaw

Do you need to peel Broccoli Stalks prior to grating?

You can use a vegetable peeler to remove outter ‘skin’ of the broccoli stem if desired, but I do not feel it is necessary, it doesn’t make a crunchy salad a different texture or taste benefit in any way.

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Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe

Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe

Broccoli salad is a classic salad dish that is perfect for summer picnics, potlucks and barbecues. With just 3 ingredients you can make an Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw Dressing Recipe to toss with crunchy broccoli slaw that's keto, paleo & vegetarian friendly! 
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


Broccoli Slaw Dressing Ingredients


  • Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl and mix well.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 469mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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