Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad

$4.10 recipe / $0.82 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
5 from 39 votes
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A few months ago I made a batch of Honey Mustard Sauce and I literally could not stop dipping broccoli florets into it, so I knew right away that I just needed to make a whole Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad. This salad is incredibly simple, but packed with flavor, and it even holds up in the refrigerator well. This Honey Mustard Broccoli salad makes a great summer side dish, but you could always top it with some grilled chicken and make it a meal!

A bowl of honey mustard broccoli salad with black utensils on the side of the bowl and a bowl of honey mustard sauce near by.


If red onions are too strong for you, you can use a couple sliced green onions in their place. Another option is to soak your red onion for about 5 minutes in ice water, which will dull its sharp flavor.

Instead of dried cranberries, dried cherries, raisins, or even chopped dried apricots would work well. But I love the contrast of the tart cranberry flavor the best! :)

How Long Does Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad Keep?

Because broccoli is so sturdy, this salad holds up really well in the refrigerator. I’m on day three right now and it’s still quite tasty. The broccoli has only gotten slightly softer, the dressing is still creamy and moist (it hasn’t dried out), and very little water has seeped out of the vegetables. I give it an A- for sturdiness! As usual I would suggest keeping the Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad for a maximum of 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

Close up side view of the Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad ingredients in the bowl before they are mixed.
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Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad

5 from 39 votes
This crunchy, sweet, tangy, and creamy Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad only takes minutes to makes the perfect summer side dish.
Front view of a bowl of Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad with a black fork and spoon in the side of the bowl.
Servings 5 1 cup each
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 0 minutes
Total 15 minutes


Honey Mustard Dressing


  • 1 large crown Broccoli (about 5 cups chopped) ($1.69)
  • 1/4 red onion (about 1/2 cup diced) ($0.11)
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds ($0.64)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries ($0.22)


  • Prepare the honey mustard dressing by stirring together the mayonnaise, Dijon, yellow mustard, honey, vinegar, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper. Set the dressing aside.
  • Chop the broccoli into small pieces. Finely dice the red onion.
  • Combine the broccoli, onion, almonds, and dried cranberries in a large bowl. Add about half of the honey mustard dressing and stir to coat. Add more dressing to your liking (I used about 3/4 of the batch).
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat.

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Serving: 1CupCalories: 298.18kcalCarbohydrates: 19.98gProtein: 4.44gFat: 22.02gSodium: 357.5mgFiber: 4.06g
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Front view of a bowl of Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad with a black fork and spoon in the side of the bowl.

How to Make Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad – Step by Step Photos

Ingredients for honey mustard sauce in a bowl

First, make the honey mustard dressing. Combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp yellow mustard, 3 Tbsp honey, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1/8 tsp paprika, 1/8 tsp salt, and some freshly cracked pepper.

Whisked honey mustard sauce in a bowl with the whisk lifting out of the sauce.

Stir the honey mustard dressing ingredients together until combined, then set the dressing aside.

Chop broccoli

Chop one large crown of broccoli into small pieces. You’ll want about 5 cups once chopped.

Broccoli salad ingredients in the bowl, not stirred.

Place the broccoli in a large bowl. Finely dice 1/4 of a red onion (about 1/2 cup). Add the onion, 1/3 cup slivered almonds, and 1/4 cup dried cranberries to the bowl with the broccoli.

Finished honey mustard broccoli salad with the remaining honey mustard dressing in a bowl on the side.

Add about half of the honey mustard dressing to the broccoli salad, then stir to coat. Add more dressing to your liking. I ended up using about 3/4 of the batch of dressing. If you need some ideas for how to use the remaining dressing, I have a list of ideas in my Honey Mustard Sauce post.

Finished honey mustard broccoli salad in a bowl, seen from above, with black fork and spoon in the side of the bowl.

Enjoy the Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad immediately, or refrigerate until you’re ready to eat!

Close up of a spoonful of Honey mustard Broccoli Salad with the bowl in the background
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  1. I’ve recently become a fan of budget bites and this salad is one of the reasons. What a delicious treat! And that honey mustard dressing…don’t get me started. So good!

  2. This salad is outstanding! The dressing is perfect. I needed some salads that keep well in the fridge for my on-the-go life! Wife, mom, Coach, Teacher & grad student. This will help my family and I grab healthy meals for lunch & dinner. I’m super duper thankful for these recipes! God bless !

  3. This is the most delicious broccoli salad EVER. I used 2 TBSP. honey (instead of 3) and reduced fat mayo (NOT yoghurt) and no cranberries but rather chopped fresh organic apple for crunch and additional sweet . . . Also I toasted sliced almonds. Ahhhh. mazing recipe THANK YOU

  4. Made this for lunch today. Added feta, sun flower seed, raisins and rotisserie chicken. Hardly ever a miss on budget bytes!

  5. This is a keeper! I’ve used a combo of broccoli and cauliflower (it’s what I had…). Easy to make ahead, have substituted Greek yogurt for part of mayo, added sunflower seeds (again, what I had on hand…).
    Versatile, healthy…and used the dressing as a dip for chicken tenders.  Thank you!

    1. Is this similar to the brochure salad which uses bacon? That has always been a fav, but this looks even without or per comments with a lower fat protein such as chicken.

  6. Wow! I usually cannot do raw broccoli, but LOVED this recipe. I did make some subs – cherry tomatoes instead of cranberries, cherry peppers for some extra acidity – but the combination of broccoli with that dressing is an absolute winner no matter what you add. Super easy to make!

  7. Excellent – I made this as a side dish for Easter dinner and added some crumbled bacon. I wasn’t sure if making the dressing homemade was worth it but I’m pretty convinced that it was!

  8. This is DELICIOUS. I had a screenshot of this recipe saved on my phone, probably from your Instagram. I was on a flight home yesterday from a vacation where all I ate was carbs, and came across the screenshot while looking through my pictures. All I could think about was this salad! So I made it for dinner tonight. Because I already had currants, I used those instead of buying dried cranberries but otherwise followed the recipe. I’m going to serve it with grilled cod and grilled vegetables. thank you!!

  9. do you think this would work if I cooked the broccoli first? I’ve learned its hard to digest raw broccoli, so I just never do it!

    1. It will definitely change the texture and flavor, but I think it’s just going to be a matter of personal preference whether or not you like it with cooked broccoli. :)

  10. Good fun, never mixed honey and mustarx before. Lots of substitutions make the final flav our a mystery. I liked the idea of helping kids to enjoy eating Broccoli