Potlucks are totally the high school cafeteria of food.

Strawberry broccoli salad served on a white plate

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.

A bowl of strawberry broccoli salad on a blue placemat

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.

A healthy salad with vegetables and fruit served in a bowl

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.

Ingredients to make strawberry broccoli salad

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.

Strawberry broccoli salad ingredients in a bowl with almonds and 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.

Erin Clarke holding a strawberry milk

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.

Erin Clarke standing with two women and someone dressed as a bee

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 served in a white bowl

Strawberry Broccoli Salad

5 from 1 vote
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.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 2 mins
Total: 12 mins

Servings: 4 - 6 servings


  • 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


  • 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.

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Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at wellplated.com and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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  1. 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!

    1. 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. 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!

  3. 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!

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

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

  5. 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. ;-)

    1. 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 :)

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

    1. 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 ;)

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

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

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

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

  10. 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! :)

    1. 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!

  11. 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

  12. Strawberries and broccoli! I would have never gone there, but I’m very glad you did! Great salad, mama!5 stars

  13. 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!

  14. 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

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

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

    1. 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!