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Broccoli Salad with Orange Almond Dressing

This clean eating broccoli salad features cabbage, broccoli, raisins, almonds and green onions and a creamy vegan dressing made with Mirin, orange juice and almond butter.

It is great served either as a side dish, or main course salad. It’s hearty, tasty and easy to make.

Keep reading to learn how to make this delicious salad made from one of my favorite cool weather garden vegetables – broccoli.

This broccoli salad has a delicious home made orange and almond butter dressing. It's ready in 15 minutes and super tasty.

I love to make my own salad dressing. First of all, it allows me to put exactly what fits my diet into the dressing. I know that there are no chemicals and I also know how good it will taste, cause I keep tweaking it until it’s great!

For another great tasting salad, check out my antipasto salad with homemade red wine vinaigrette. It’s ready in just minutes.

Making this Broccoli Salad.

If you you have ten minutes to spare, you have time to make this salad.  Look at the goodness that will go into the salad!Ingredients for the broccoli salad

I used protein to add to the salad, but I have also made it vegan by omitting the chicken and it tastes just as great. The flavor comes more from the dressing than it does from what goes into the salad.

Just pop your dressing ingredients into a food processor and combine until the dressing is smooth.Making the orange almond butter dressing

Add this amazing orange almond dressing over the top of the salad and give everything a good toss. I can’t wait to see how this dressing tastes on my fresh veggies!Add dressing to the broccoli salad

This salad has everything going for it. It is full of heart healthy from the dressing ingredients. It has cabbage, broccoli, raisins and almond slices to give me lots of goodness.

And it features fresh home grown chives to add an extra oniony flavor without having to get onion breath at lunch. (I love using chives in sauces and dressings!  Check out this Ginger Soy Marinade!)Broccoli side dish

My sister in law makes a broccoli salad that is strong on dairy and cheese but too heavy to fit into my clean eating program. This version is a twist on that salad. It’s super healthy, plant based and very colorful.

Oh, and did I mention how great it tastes? I don’t mind giving up the mayo and cheese since I end up with a taste that is every bit as good and better for me!

The sauce gets its creaminess from the almond butter, and orange juice and Mirin gives it a delightful sweetness.  Extra virgin olive oil helps it to cling to the vegetables and shallots give it a sweet onion finish.

(See my tips for choosing, storing, using and growing shallots here.)Take a bite of this broccoli and chicken salad

If you don’t have shallots on hand, don’t worry. These shallot substitutes will do in a pinch.

Each bite is a match made in healthy living heaven!

Super clean eating can be so tasty as this amazing broccoli salad demonstrates. The dressing has no mayo, no dairy and is just full of flavor.

Every bite of this delicious salad is sweet, tangy and crunchy.  Enjoy it today for lunch!This tasty broccoli salad makes a great side dish or main course salad.

This recipe makes four good sized side salads, or two main course salads.  It makes a very filling and tasty lunch.

For another healthy salad, check out this citrus salad with a grapefruit dressing.

Yield: 4

Broccoli Salad with Orange Almond Dressing

Broccoli Salad with Orange Almond Dressing

This clean eating broccoli salad features cabbage, broccoli, raisins, almonds and green onions and a creamy vegan dressing made with Mirin, orange juice and almond butter.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


For the salad

  • 2 cups of broccoli florets
  • 2 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 cup of cooked chicken (omit if you want a meatless salad)
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives

For the dressing

  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp misin
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 small shallot
  • pinch of pink sea salt
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Toss all the salad ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Pulse the dressing ingredients in a food processor until the mixture is smooth. Pour over the salad ingredients and toss to combine.
  3. Serve immediately!


If the dressing is too thick, just add a bit more orange juice.

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Mary J Beadles

Wednesday 5th of July 2017

This sounds awesome, and I cannot wait to try. I do have a question. What is Mirin? In the intro paragraph of your blog is says Mirin. The recipe says Misin... not sure what that is. Can you explain?


Wednesday 5th of July 2017

Hi Mary. Thanks for alerting me to my typo. It should be mirin in both places. Mirin is often used in Japanese cooking. It is a type of rice wine, that similar to sake, but has a lower alcohol and higher sugar content. It has a sweet flavor, which makes it a nice contrast when used with saltier sauces, like coconut aminos or tamari. You could substitute rice vinegar if you won't want the alcohol content. Carol

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