If you’ve ever had the Whole Foods Broccoli Crunch with Bacon Salad, then you know how delicious it is! This copycat version tastes just like the real thing, but made right at home. It’s fresh and tasty and budget-friendly.

Broccoli crunch salad with raisins and cashews in a white bowl.

When you’re out shopping, sometimes it’s really easy (and fun!) to grab a meal out. However, this can get really expensive, really fast.

The ingredients are sometimes questionable with fast food, though snagging a salad from the Whole Foods salad bar is a healthier option.

Let me show you how to make this delicious salad at home so it’s ready and waiting for you.

Broccoli Salad Recipe Benefits

  • Healthy, whole food ingredients will fill you up. Easy to make ahead and enjoy all week.
  • You control the fat, sugar, and salt.
  • This copycat version of the Whole Foods Broccoli Crunch with Bacon Salad is much easier on the wallet than grabbing ready-made salad at Whole Foods Markets.

Ingredients

Ingredients to make Whole Foods Broccoli Salad in small bowls on a white surface.
  • Broccoli contains lots of fiber and is a vegetable that many enjoy. If you’ve never had raw broccoli florets in a salad, then it’s time you tried it! It has a crunchy texture that is really satisfying.
  • Raisins add a natural sweetness and chewy texture.
  • Bacon is a treat and when you cook it to perfection and crumble it, a little goes a long way.
  • Cashews bring salt and fat as well as a touch of protein.
  • Honey brings everything together with the just-right level of sweetness.
  • Mayo coats everything and is the perfect salad dressing.
  • Red onion adds even more flavor.

Note: there are two Broccoli Crunch Salads available at Whole Foods Markets. This is the copycat version of the one with bacon. The other one has a poppyseed dressing without bacon.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Recipe Steps

Photo collage on making a broccoli crunch salad.

Step One

Combine chopped ingredients in a large bowl and toss.

Please see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Two

Add dressing ingredients to a small bowl and stir to combine.

Step Three

Pour dressing over the salad and toss to combine in a big bowl.

Step Four

Serve immediately, or chill for later!

I hope you love this broccoli salad recipe as much as I do!

Broccoli crunch salad with raisins and cashews in a white bowl.

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • This recipe can easily be doubled if you want more servings.
  • If you don’t like spicy food, feel free to leave out the cayenne pepper.
  • This recipe can be made vegan by using a vegan mayo and using a tempeh bacon instead of real bacon. Use maple syrup instead of honey.
  • You can alternations to this recipe based on ingredients you have at home. Feel free to add black pepper, sour cream instead of mayo, sea salt, red cabbage, or even crunchy sunflower seeds. Try this Light and Easy Broccoli Salad.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this recipe vegan?

The flavor profile won’t be the same, as honey is key to the copycat, but you can use maple syrup. There are some great vegan mayos with better ingredients out there. You can either select a vegan bacon option or leave it out entirely.

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

This will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for three days. The broccoli holds up nicely to the dressing so feel free to make this on Sunday and enjoy for a few days!

Can I use the broccoli stem instead of the florets?

You can use either or both! The version found at the grocery store uses the florets, but you can also use the stems. Just be sure to wash, peel, and chop the stems into bite-sized pieces before adding them to your salad.

Broccoli crunch salad with raisins and cashews in a white bowl.

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Broccoli crunch salad with raisins and cashews in a white bowl.

Whole Foods Broccoli Crunch Salad (Copycat)

If you’ve ever had the Whole Foods Broccoli Salad, then you know how delicious it is! This copycat version tastes just like the real thing, but made right at home. It’s fresh and tasty and budget-friendly.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 4 cups broccoli florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces (from about a medium head of broccoli)
  • 1/2 red onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled (about 4 slices; see notes for vegan option)
  • 1/4 cup cashews, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped broccoli, onion, raisins, bacon, and cashews. Toss to combine.
  2. Then, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, honey, and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. 
  4. Serve immediately, or cover and chill in the refrigerator before serving. 

Notes

  1. This recipe can easily be doubled if you want more servings.
  2. If you don’t like spicy food, feel free to leave out the cayenne pepper.
  3. This recipe can be made vegan by using a vegan mayo and using a tempeh bacon instead of real bacon. Use maple syrup instead of honey.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 289
  • Sugar: 8.3 g
  • Sodium: 262.1 mg
  • Fat: 24 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.8 g
  • Fiber: 2.3 g
  • Protein: 5.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 20 mg

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