Shaved Broccoli Salad - you'll love these crisp slivers of broccoli with sweet apple, cranberries, red onion and toasted almonds with a lightened up tasty dressing! This is a reader favorite! | @tasteLUVnourish on

April 3, 2013 | 17 Comments
Shaved Broccoli Salad

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 - you'll love these crisp slivers of broccoli with sweet apple, cranberries, red onion and toasted almonds with a lightened up tasty dressing! This is a reader favorite! | @tasteLUVnourish on

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.
  • Shaved Broccoli Salad - you'll love these crisp slivers of broccoli with sweet apple, cranberries, red onion and toasted almonds with a lightened up tasty dressing! This is a reader favorite! | @tasteLUVnourish on

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    17 thoughts on “Shaved Broccoli Salad

    1. graham faulks

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

      1. 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.

    2. 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!

      1. Caroline

        You are most welcome Nick! I love your idea of adding some protein with beef and prawns! Sounds delicious and makes a complete meal! Thanks so much for sharing!

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

      1. 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.

    5. 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!


      1. 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!

    6. 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!

    7. 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!

          1. 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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