Broccoli Cashew Crunch Salad

4 from 4 votes

Colorful, crunchy, and SO good for you!

healthy summer sides: broccoli cashew crunch salad

There are so many reasons to love this Broccoli Cashew Crunch Salad! For starters, it’s super colorful and full of fresh and crunchy textures. It includes ingredients like broccoli, carrots, bell pepper, and cashews. So, it’s really no surprise that it’s loaded with nutrients, too. This salad is also chock-full of sweet, earthy flavors and can be thrown together in as little as ten minutes! What’s not to love?

A Colorful and Nutritious Side Dish

This cool and refreshing broccoli cashew crunch salad is the perfect warm weather side dish or light lunch!

All the colors in this Broccoli Cashew Crunch Salad make it incredibly appealing to the eye. As if that isn’t enough to make you want to dive in, perhaps the nutritional profile will pique your interest!

You may be wondering how this recipe is low-calorie if the first ingredient is mayonnaise. While mayo does have a high fat content, this recipe only uses a quarter cup. When we divide that by six servings, it comes out to only 66 calories per serving from mayonnaise. This is by far the highest calorie ingredient in this salad. All of the other ingredients are incredibly low-calorie, so it balances out! Of course, if you like, you could always use this clean-eating avocado-based mayonnaise instead of traditional mayonnaise.

The rest of the ingredients are packed full of nutrients. Broccoli is full of fiber to keep your belly full. It also contains vitamin K and calcium, which are both crucial for bone health. Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, which supports eye health. Red bell peppers are a great source of vitamin C, and like broccoli, offer a hefty dose of fiber to keep your appetite under control. Cranberries are another great source of fiber. Lastly, cashews are full of healthy fats that will provide you with energy and more vitamin K!

How to Serve this Salad

Eat this delcious salad as a main course, or serve it with a side of grilled chicken or fresh fish!

This super easy recipe makes six servings, each of which is just over 100 calories. It would make the perfect side to any lean protein like grilled chicken, steak, fish, shrimp, or even a burger or sandwich. Here are a few ideas for entrees that you can serve with this tasty salad:

Of course, you can always eat multiple servings of this salad for a healthy lunch or light dinner. If that’s more your style, you might also like:

4 from 4 votes

Broccoli Cashew Crunch Salad

A fresh, colorful, and nutritious salad that will make the perfect side dish, healthy lunch, or light dinner!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 0.5 cup
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 pound broccoli cut into florets
  • 1 carrot peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 shallot sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup roasted cashews chopped


  • Combine all ingredients together and mix well. Let sit for 20 minutes or overnight. Serve cold.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2815IU | Vitamin C: 94mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4
Keywords Low-Carb, Vegetarian

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Chef Sallie

Chef Sallie is a personal chef, recipe developer, cookbook author, and culinary instructor. She specializes in providing healthy meals for athletes, designed to prevent injury, promote healing and provide fuel for peak athletic performance. Her recipes are designed to use seasonal, whole ingredients. Her in-home and virtual cooking classes show her clients which ingredients can be used to help treat specific health issues and improve their quality of life. She is dedicated to the idea that delicious, healthy meals can be easily prepared and accessible regardless of budget.

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