Strawberry Broccoli Salad

Potlucks are totally the high school cafeteria of food.


Think about it. You have a sundry collection of individuals (the potato salad; the BBQ pork; the weird fluffy green marshmallow stuff) forced into a single space (a picnic table; a parish hall; my minuscule kitchen.) Some potluck kids are popular (Mr. Seven-Layer-Dip); some are not (Miss Fuzzy Jell-O Mold). Some are wholesome (the veggie tray); others are trouble (Mr. Peanut Butter- Chocolate Pretzel Cookie, I should have listened to my Daddy and stayed away.)

Then, you have the kid who doesn’t fit into any particular group, who starts as a nerd, then winds up Prom Queen. Our potluck dweeb-turned-diva: Strawberry Broccoli Salad.


Strawberry Broccoli Salad // Well-Plated

Anything involving vegetables might not begin as the cool kid in class, but with its tangy dressing, sharp cheddar cheese, punchy red onion, crunchy almonds, and sweet strawberries, Strawberry Broccoli Salad quickly proves itself to be a potluck super-star. Strawberry Broccoli Salad is one of my most trusted sides for any group gathering, and I have yet to come home with leftovers, which I find simultaneously satisfying and (selfishly) disappointing.


Strawberry Broccoli Salad is my healthy summer twist on the classic Waldorf salad. Where the Waldorf combines broccoli, grapes, bacon, and a semi-truckload of mayo,  Strawberry Broccoli Salad rocks fresh strawberries, toasted almonds, and Greek yogurt.


The enormous hunks of super-sharp cheddar cheese in Strawberry Broccoli Salad are my artistic liberty. I love the extra flavor and richness the cheese provides. Plus where cheese goes, good follows. Seek the good. Add cheese.


Besides being healthy, satisfying, and downright delectable, Strawberry Broccoli Salad provides another excuse for me to continue to eat my body weight in fresh strawberries (and offsets the amount I already devoured in the form of Strawberry Super Pie.) Red, ripe strawberries have been working their way into my fridge by the pound-full, no doubt encouraged by my attendance at last weekend’s Strawberry Fest in Cedarburg, WI.


Strawberry Milk: Does a Body Good

A sampling of strawberry-centric festival menu: Strawberry milk (see above), strawberry salsa, strawberry pancakes, strawberry wine, fried strawberry rangoon, chocolate-sea salt strawberries, and the festival signature: Strawberry Brats. Strawberry Shortcake and I were even dressed to match.


A Bumble Bee (?), Yours Truly, Strawberry Shortcake, Lisa (BFF and my festival guide)

Summer is here, potluck season has arrived, and strawberries are the cool-kid in class. Celebrate by baking yourself a strawberry smothered-pie, gobbling strawberry-lemonade cheesecake, and sipping strawberry-basil bubbly. Afterwards, you can recover with Strawberry Broccoli Salad. Who’s with me?

Strawberry Broccoli Salad

A healthy summer twist on the classic Waldorf salad, Strawberry Broccoli Salad features fresh strawberries, toasted almonds, extra-sharp cheddar cheese, and Greek yogurt. A perfect potluck side dish or light lunch.

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes


  • 5 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 3 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/3 cup red onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup roasted unsalted almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced


  1. In a large bowl, toss together the broccoli, cheddar, red onion, and almonds. In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, sugar, vinegar, and kosher salt. Pour over broccoli mixture, then toss to coat. Gently stir in strawberries. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

40 Responses to “Strawberry Broccoli Salad”

  1. Alisha @ Gluten Free Perspective — June 24, 2013 @ 7:14 am (#)

    I love broccoli anything, it’s kind of become an unhealthy obsession! When I go to the grocery store, I clear out the section of broccoli crowns. It’s bad. :) Anyway, this will be the first of many recipes I make from your blog. Can’t wait!

    • Erin | The Law Student's Wife — June 24th, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

      A girl after my own heart Alisha! I’m so glad you like the looks of this yummy summer salad and that you found my blog. Thanks so much for your comment and have a great day!

  2. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — June 24, 2013 @ 8:22 am (#)

    Haha, I love your description of potlucks as the high school cafeteria of food — SO true. I’m going to have to make a triple batch of this salad next time I go to one just so I have some leftovers to bring home (I’m totally selfish like that ;)). So yum!

    • Erin Clarke — June 24th, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

      Thanks Steph! And I fully support your plan. Have a great day!

  3. Erika — June 24, 2013 @ 8:23 am (#)

    This salad looks amazing!

    • Erin Clarke — June 24th, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

      Thanks so much Erika! Anything with strawberries has to be a win in my book :)

  4. Lisa P — June 24, 2013 @ 3:42 pm (#)

    Great recipe, Erin!

    • Erin Clarke — June 24th, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

      Thanks Lisa! It’s a total breeze to make too. Hope you enjoy it every bite!

  5. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — June 24, 2013 @ 5:50 pm (#)

    How brilliant is this! I love the flavors you combined in this gorgeous, summery salad, Erin. It looks delicious and unlike anything I’ve ever had!

    • Erin Clarke — June 24th, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

      You are too sweet! Thanks so much Georgia.

  6. eatgreatbegreat — June 24, 2013 @ 7:12 pm (#)

    This salad sounds amazing! I love the addition of the strawberries (which are awesome right now!). This would be perfect side for a BBQ!

    • Erin Clarke — June 24th, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

      Thanks so much! And strawberries ARE awesome right now. All the more reason to add them to everything, right? :)

  7. Julie @ Table for Two — June 24, 2013 @ 8:54 pm (#)

    What a great summer salad and the strawberries sound like the perfect twist!

  8. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out — June 24, 2013 @ 9:35 pm (#)

    I never would have put those ingredients together on my own but now that you mention them, they seem perfect together! Especially loving those glorious hunks of burnin’ love — i mean, cheese. ;-)

    • Erin Clarke — June 24th, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

      Thanks darlin’! And what’s life without some hunks o’ burnin’ love? I better add extra next time, just to be sure we get our fill :)

  9. Jen @ Savory Simple — June 25, 2013 @ 9:23 am (#)

    What a unique salad! I would never think to pair strawberries and broccoli but I bet they’re wonderful together.

    • Erin Clarke — June 26th, 2013 @ 12:23 am

      Thanks so much Jen! I know it sounds odd at first, but the strawberries taste fantastic when blended with the other ingredients. Plus, now I have one more excuse to eat them ;)

  10. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — June 25, 2013 @ 10:56 am (#)

    This is a totally dive pasta salad but how can you not love it? With all that cheese and creamy dressing.

    • Erin Clarke — June 26th, 2013 @ 12:22 am

      Thanks so much Nicole! Just sticking with a solid philosophy here: When in doubt, the answer is cheese ;-)

  11. Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily — June 25, 2013 @ 3:51 pm (#)

    SO glad for another great summer pasta idea! This looks creamy and fresh in the same time.

    • Erin Clarke — June 26th, 2013 @ 12:19 am

      Thanks so much ladies! Hope you love every summery fresh bite. Have a fabulous day!

  12. Natalie — June 25, 2013 @ 8:40 pm (#)

    OH this looks sweet and crunchy and colorful and HEALTHY! I have a bit of a strawberry addiction so this is just pefect.

    • Erin Clarke — June 26th, 2013 @ 12:18 am

      Natalie, my strawberry addiction is OUT OF CONTROL! We need to make the most of summer, right? :)

  13. DessertForTwo — June 25, 2013 @ 10:11 pm (#)

    You’re so cute.

    My dad loves broccoli salad. I bet he’d love this version, and they’re coming to visit for the 4th of July! I just might have to make this! :)

    • Erin Clarke — June 26th, 2013 @ 12:17 am

      Your dad and I can be broccoli buds! Thanks girlie. So fun that your fam is visiting. Hope you all have a wonderful time together, and I can’t wait to hear about what yumminess you cook up. I have a suspicion you’ll spoil them!

  14. dixya| food, pleasure, and health — June 26, 2013 @ 12:06 pm (#)

    I m not much of a brocoli version but I would eat cheese and strawberries in semi truck load :P you look adorable in that dress

    • Erin Clarke — June 26th, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

      Cheese and strawberries it is! Also, you are a sweetheart :)

  15. bakerbynature — June 26, 2013 @ 7:45 pm (#)

    Strawberries and broccoli! I would have never gone there, but I’m very glad you did! Great salad, mama!

  16. Maegan @ The BakerMama — June 26, 2013 @ 10:53 pm (#)

    Perfect potluck description! Hilarious! I would definitely let this colorful salad come to my potluck! I’m always torn between bringing a fruit salad or a veggie salad so this Strawberry Broccoli Salad would be perfect!

  17. laurasmess — June 27, 2013 @ 10:37 am (#)

    Haha… this would definitely be the potluck star! Looks gorgeous. I’ve never eaten broccoli with strawberries, but I have eaten strawberries with gluts of cheese and almonds so I can imagine that the whole thing would work beautifully. I am a big fan of broccoli salads, particularly as I know how healthy broccoli is. Thanks for giving me another version! Love it! xx

    • Erin Clarke — June 27th, 2013 @ 11:23 am

      Laura if you love broccoli, strawberries, cheese, and almonds, I believe this salad was MADE for you! Hope you enjoy every berrlicious broccoli bite :)

      • laurasmess — June 27th, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

        Thanks lovely! Can’t wait to try it. Yum! xx

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  20. Margy — July 27, 2013 @ 9:38 am (#)

    This sounds unique and wonderful. (Have never heard of broccoli or bacon in Waldorf salad!!! What recipe do you use?)

    • Erin Clarke — July 27th, 2013 @ 11:57 am

      Hi Margy! I have to be honest: I have never actually made my own Waldorf salad the ‘traditional’ way because I love this strawberry one so much! I usually try it when I’m at cookouts and others have brought it. Maybe it’s just my fam that loves to add bacon, lol. I’d bet a quick internet search would give you many options. Sorry I don’t have one handy, but I’m glad you like the look of this strawberry twist. Thanks for your comment and have a great day!

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  23. Tori Sumbry — July 3, 2014 @ 12:28 am (#)

    I can’t wait to bring this dish to my family’s 4th of July cookout.

    • Erin Clarke — July 3rd, 2014 @ 12:45 am

      Thanks so much Tori! I hope it’s a hit :-)

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