The Best Broccoli Raisin Salad (vegan)

Since all I did was talk about wedding stuff in my last post I thought today would be an excellent day to share a tasty recipe! Who am I kidding, every day is an excellent day to share a tasty recipe…

This one was inspired by a broccoli & cauliflower salad that my mom used to make all the time. It was sweet, crunchy and absolutely perfect for summer cook outs. I loved that salad and used to request that my mom make it all the time. Alas, said salad is like most southern “salads” and has a good amount of mayo, 1/2 cup of sugar and bacon.

I decided to try my hand at a healthy version of this old favorite and found a variety of recipes online for raw broccoli salads. I used those as inspiration and came up with a mighty fine version. One that’s vegan and absolutely delicious.

Vegan Broccoli Raisin Salad

This version is still crunchy, rich in flavor and sweet but with much healthier ingredients like raw nuts, seeds and raisins. I even managed to sneak uber-healthy apple cider vinegar into the dressing! I think I’ll take it to my next family potluck/cook out and see if my version is better than mom’s. 😉

Vegan Broccoli Raisin Salad

Vegan Broccoli Raisin Salad
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This vegan broccoli raisin salad used a creamy cashew dressing instead of mayo. The salad is crunchy, sweet and absolutely delicious -- perfect for summer cook outs.
Serves: 6
  • 6 cups broccoli (two small to medium sized crowns), chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup raisins
Cashew Dressing
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked at least 1- 2 hours
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1½ Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon shallot, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  1. Make dressing by combining all ingredients in a high powered blender or processor until completely smooth.
  2. Mix together broccoli, raisins, red onion, raisins, and sunflower seeds.
  3. Top with dressing and combine until all ingredients are covered.

Vegan Broccoli Raisin Salad

Oh and I have to mention the blue plate that I’m using in these photos. It’s from a new shop that opened in CaryTown called Modern Artifacts that carries a variety of hand-made items. We walked into the store last Friday evening and I decided I needed this little plate so Isaac bought it for me! Turns out we were their first customers!! It was a really fun experience – they even took our picture. They have these plates in all different colors so hopefully I’ll be able to buy some others to add to my collection.

Have a great day. If you’re on the east coast, enjoy the beautiful weather! The high is supposed to be in the mid-80’s here today, just like yesterday. I’m loving it!!

PS- Did anyone catch Modern Family last night? We missed it so we’ll probably watch it tomorrow, but I know it’s about Cam and his ex-clown partner so I’m excited. 

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  1. I need to try this! Looks amazing! 😀

  2. Yay! My mom used to make this same salad! Thanks for the healthy recipe version of it.

  3. aww this bring me back to my childhood because my mom use o make it a lot! :-)

  4. Modern Family was hilarious last night!! Definitely don’t wait too long to catch up!

    This broccoli salad looks fantastic! The perfect meal for the warmer temps lately 😀

  5. This is awesome! I’ve had whole foods broccoli salad and LOVE it.. this is probably slightly healthier though. Can’t wait to try it!

  6. I love broccoli salads… try adding a cut up apple next time.

    Nice dressing, I am going to try that. Thanks!

  7. Is this like the one at Sweet Tomatos? yum

  8. OMG I used to eat this growing up too! So excited to see it made vegan, just wrote everything down for my shopping list. Yum.

  9. I love how this recipe makes me think of spring! I need to start working on a few more of my own :)

  10. um just found the site and this isn’t bird food at all! YUM! trying to find new recipe blogs since being on Renee Stephens’ new method… check it out!

  11. This recipe looks so fresh and tasty! I love that it is (almost) raw too, as I am trying to eat at least one raw meal a day!

  12. Oh man that looks delicious! I am LOVING big refreshing salads right now. It’s like my body is already ready for summer! :) There were definitely clowns involved in last night’s modern family!

  13. hi, this recipe looks delicious. my children are allergic to tree nuts, can you suggest an alternate dressing?

  14. Yummy! So cute you were their first customers :)

  15. Can u put a pin it icon on your receipes….thanks

  16. this recipe sounds delicious! perfect for upcoming summer picnics!

  17. I used to love broccoli salad, but stopped making it because it usually contains quite a few calories. I’m really digging your version. The cashew dressing is a neat idea. I’ll totally have to give this a try.

  18. Oh my! That recipe looks SO good! I am bookmarking it now :) have you tried Whole Foods detox salad? I bet you know what I’m talking about hehe.


  19. I am so pleasantly surprised that your cashew dressing doesn’t have mayo in it! YES! My boyfriend’s mom makes a broccoli salad similar to yours, but she adds mayo to it…although I like her salad, I hate the thought of gives me the heebie jeebies! I’m bookmarking this recipe right now to make this week! Looks awesome! Hope you’re having a fun St. Paddy’s..

  20. I just made this tonight and it is WONDERFUL! I made it in a $20 blender from target and it worked just fine. Yum!

  21. I love this salad. I tried it before but I never knew how to make it. Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe with us. I am going to make it today!

  22. I made this today to bring to work. It’s easy, wonderful and delicious! I had everything in my pantry, minus the fresh broccoli. Thanks for the inspiration to eat more veggies!

  23. Brittany! You are very creative with all of your recipes…where do you find most of your inspiration?
    Thanks for sharing!

  24. I used to love broccoli salads as a kid, but with lots of mayo and bacon! I can’t wait to try this healthy version!

  25. I just made this! It is amazing! Didn’t have sunflower seeds, tossed in a few pine nuts instead.

  26. thank you! this is amazing! I tried it 2 times and serve it in our cafe.
    I find it too hard to digest completely raw brocoli, so I slightly steamed it. this also gives the brocoli a really brilliant green colour.
    first time I didn’t have raisins, so I used chopped up dates.
    second time I didn’t have cashews, so I used soaked sunflower seeds for the sauce.
    both times it turned out incredible.

  27. samantha says:

    This sounds amazing… I will be trying this before summer is over, my cousins love this stuff and always serves it during outings long story short I fell in love with it! Now I can make it healthfully!! Thank you!

  28. When you say to soak the cashews, what do you mean?

  29. I’ve made this twice, and LOVE it!! I want to use this cashew dressing for more than just this salad. Are there any other dishes you’ve used the cashew dressing with?

    • Hi Jen. Thanks for your comment. I haven’t used this dressing on anything else but I’m sure it would be great on other dishes. Let me know if you experiment and find something tasty.

  30. Can I use honey instead of agave or maple syrup?

    I like your blog by the way! I’m going to try a bunch of your recipe this week!

  31. What a delicious recipe! I just told my husband last night how I wasn’t a big raw broccoli fan but was very interested in this recipe. Made it today with some shredded mozzarella and it was great! Thank you. :-)

  32. OMG…this is AMAZING. I just finished whipping this up the dressing is to die for! I have not made one of your recipes I have not loved :)

  33. I am so excited to see this recipe! It’s also funny that I was looking on Pinterest for this recipe and then read that you too live in Richmond. I walked by Modern Artifacts just a few minutes ago.

  34. Love this idea! Any ideas instead of the Dijon mustard? Not a fan!

  35. This was really good! We’re on the Eat to Live diet and this made a great veggie side dish. I omitted the salt and agave and it was just fine.

  36. Allen Hancock says:

    This is a delicious recipe. For variety I substituted dried cranberries for half the raisins. I really liked it.

  37. This salad was sensational!!!!!

  38. Really delicious! My new fave

  39. I am about to make this salad. It will get tweaked a bit. I am going to use half broccoli, half cauliflower, half walnuts and half sunflower seeds. it should be amazing….

  40. Can cashew milk be used in place of the raw cashews soaked in water?

  41. Just wondering, is this similar to the original recipe where it get a better still tastes good if it’s sets for a while or is it better served immediately? Oh, and thanks, I’m excited to try this tonight!

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