Broccoli salad with lemon dill dressing

My mom gets full credit for inspiring this recipe. She made a gorgeous broccoli salad with a creamy dressing for a family barbecue last week and I couldn't stop thinking afterwards about wanting to come up with my own recipe to share here on the blog. She even loaned me her serving bowl for the photos. Thanks, Mom!

So here's my version of a broccoli salad with sweet dried cranberries, salty cubes of ham, crunchy sunflower seeds and loads of fresh green broccoli tossed in a creamy lemon dill dressing. So fresh and lovely and perfect for barbecue season! It's also dead easy to make.

Here's how I made it:

3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp dried dill weed
1/2 tsp salt
8 cups broccoli (about 2 crowns), chopped into bite-size pieces
1 cup cooked ham, diced
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds

In a large mixing bowl, I mixed the yogurt, lemon juice, dill and salt to create the dressing. All the other ingredients were added to the same mixing bowl on top of the dressing and the whole salad was tossed to coat. That's it!

I love the look of this salad! And I feel healthier knowing that this was part of our weekend.

What's your favourite barbecue season salad?


  1. Hello! I'd like to make this recipe, but I need to substitute something for the ham. I was thinking feta cheese because it's salty. Can you suggest anything? I'd like to make it meatless.

    Thanks! And love your Recipes!


    1. You could throw lots of different things in there. Feta is a good one if you want to stick with salty. Olives are nice and salty too. Or you could try something fruity like chunks of mango, red pepper, pineapple or whole grapes. Or even something sour like pickled onions.

  2. Would it taste alright to cook the broccoli first and then cool it? I really don't like raw broccoli.

    1. Sure you could. A light steaming first would be lovely.

    2. Great, thank you!

  3. What an awesome recipe! I can't wait to try it!I just pinned it to Healthy Meals. :)

  4. I added some shredded carrot and raw kale to the mix. It was awesome!