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Broccoli Grape Slaw – Veggies Your Kids Will Actually Eat

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Daddypotamus: “This cannot be healthy.”

Katiepotamus: “It is helfee, Daddy!”

Daddypotamus: “It tastes too good.”

Munch, munch, munch.

Now, I take exception to the idea that junk food tastes better than real, nutrient dense food. But the fact of the matter is that my husband’s palate was trained on McDonald’s and he may never fully recover from that. That’s why I considered it a near-miracle when both he and Katie devoured a raw broccoli dish delivered by Whittney of You, Me & Two Sweet Beebs right after Micah was born. It’s too good to keep a secret, so whip up a batch and enjoy!

Whittney’s Broccoli Grape Slaw


  • 3 stalks of broccoli, broken into small florets
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes
  • 1 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup crisp nitrate-free bacon, crumbled into pieced — pastured if possible
  • 1 cup mayonnaise  – We love our homemade recipe. The trick to getting it thick is to pour the oil in super slow.
  • 6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese, raw if possible. If you’re on GAPS substitute cheddar, it’s delicious!
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey (where to buy raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar


  1. Mix mayonnaise, mozzarella, honey and vinegar in a medium bowl
  2. Place broccoli, grapes and onion in a large bowl.
  3. Pour in dressing and mix thoroughly.
  4. Sprinkle bacon and sunflower seeds over the top and serve.


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58 Responses to Broccoli Grape Slaw – Veggies Your Kids Will Actually Eat

  1. Joanna Moore says:

    sounds yummy! will definitely have to try it out =)

  2. Whittney says:

    As you know, teen years spent working in fast food with Route 44 Cokes for breakfast have damaged my palate too. But I’m trying! I have learned that I like pretty much anything with bacon on it. I wouldn’t even look at asparagus until I got the crazy idea to add bacon bits and sliced almonds on top. Love it now. Bacon. Bacon. Bacon. Glad you’re sweet family enjoyed this as much as I do!

    • Heather says:

      Butter is my bacon. Add butter to anything and I will eat it!

    • jeff goldbum says:

      i’m sorry to disappoint you, but this is not a “healthy” snack, mayonnaise, cheese and bacon? yes broccoli is good for you, and sunflower seeds do have a small amount of omega 3 fat, but those are all completely countered by the other very high fat ingredients… red onion has very little nutritional value and grapes are mostly sugar… though there are more vitamins in this than a big mac, i doubt the fat content is much better

      • Heather says:

        I couldn’t disagree more! I make my own mayo with wholesome fats (olive oil and pastured eggs) and the cheese is of the highest quality (raw from grassfed cows). Saturated fats are essential for brain function ( and more. Pastured bacon contains vitamin d3, which is different than d2 because it is more easily absorbed. D3 prevents rickets. I could go on, but I have to go feed my kiddos ; – )

      • Momof2Groks says:

        Lolling that some random fat-a-phobe is trying to school *you* on what is healthy. Hey Jeff- the low-fat theory of healthy eating is going the way of the dinosaurs, so get on board the real food train. If you make your own mayo as you suggested, this recipe is full of the healthy unrefined fats our body needs. Coconut oil is full of saturated fat and is a wonderfood. I eat it off a spoon. Pastured bacon and raw cheese are real foods. A Big mac is your comparison? How many ingredients in that bun alone? Where does the meat come from? Processed cheese too? Look at the broccoli salad recipe again. Notice how all of the ingredients are real whole foods that you can immediately recognize? Now look at a Big Mac’s ingredients:
        Mmmm, science lab!
        You can eat your Big Mac if you want, I will stick to real foods, though I may lightly steam the broccoli…

      • Priscilla says:

        This is years later, I know, but this is hilarious! Poor guy must feel like he just dropped in from outer space! As I did, when I first started this real food journey, I might add.

  3. Rose says:

    this actually looks delicious! i will definately be trying this out!!

  4. Hannah Tallo says:

    That looks so good! We will be trying this!

  5. Cindy Haggerton says:

    We had it for lunch yesterday. So yummy :) I used turkey bacon (baked in the oven).

  6. dianthe says:

    finally made this the other day – we LOVED it!! i made a few changes – Greek yogurt instead of mayo, pecans instead of sunflower seeds and i left out the bacon (because i didn’t have time to cook it) – DELICIOUS!!

  7. Alexis says:

    The Coconut Mama has a good coconut oil mayonnaise. In the comments section someone mentioned doing half coconut and half olive oil so I’m gonna try making the mayonnaise that way. I personally have never been a mayonnaise person but dont mind it in things such as this recipe (which I plan on making next week sometime – cant wait b/c it sounds delicious)!

  8. Whittney Bevington Hoyler via Facebook says:

    So glad you love it!

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  10. Shannon Brown via Facebook says:

    i love this salad! :) i make it a lot!! :)

  11. Kate Borman Cole via Facebook says:

    I had to scale back the mayo. You?

  12. Mommypotamus via Facebook says:

    @Kate We use homemade mayo, which I think has a lighter flavor and is more creamy, so it works well. Sometimes we scale back the cheese, though. Just depends how much broccoli I have on hand, I guess.

  13. Dianthe White Hall via Facebook says:

    i LOVE this!!! ans so does Sydney!!

  14. Mommypotamus via Facebook says:

    @Dianthe I didn’t realize so many people had tried this recipe. Yay!

  15. Dianthe White Hall via Facebook says:

    i tried it because Sydney loves raw broccoli but me, not so much – i substitute greek yogurt for the mayo and it’s delicious!

  16. MATHEW CANTER says:

    It looks really yummy,I sure will try at home.

  17. Vanessa Stegner via FB says:

    Bought veganaise so I can make this!

  18. Shannon Brown via FB says:

    it is soooo delicious!!! :) i make it a lot more than i should!! :) :)

  19. Daniel says:

    Okay…. that’s IT!!!! i need some of this slaw again STAT!!!

  20. to go travel says:

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say excellent blog!

  21. Matthew C. says:

    This does look very delicious. One thing that has worked for me over the years to get my vegetable servings per day is a Vita Mix. I would be lost without it. I can make soup, smoothies, and even ice cream with it. This is where you throw in all the veggies and you lose the flavor of them by adding fruit. Ive never added bacon though :)

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  23. Joanna Moore says:

    what kind of cheese do you substitute on gaps? i’d like to make this again but the mozzarella isn’t legal.

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  26. Amy B says:

    This was a scrumptious dish that everyone loved–we gobbled it right up. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Nikki says:

    Thank you, this was fantastic.

  28. Linda says:

    Love the recipe. I used baconaisse made from 1/2 olive and 1/2 bacon drippings from pastured pork bacon…and it makes it especially yummy.

  29. Britny says:

    Thank you for sharing this! My family loved it! Wasn’t too sure how my husband was going to react, but he loved it and both our girls too (2 & 4)! This will definitely be added in our dinner rotation!

  30. caitlin says:

    made this last night and we loved it – I substituted the mayo for plain greek yogurt and instead of grapes (couldnt find organic) used apples and raisons. very tasty and went great with our bbq chicken.

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  34. Ann F says:

    Love this, Heather!! We will have this on our table this year :)

  35. Jessica says:

    Can I use something besides mayo? Homemade or not I can’t do it…can’t stand the taste, smell, etc. what about Greek yogurt? I’ve been searching for a Good chicken salad recipe maybe my kids will try but I won’t eat anything with mayo in it…therefore I never have it and my kids have never had it..

  36. Becky says:

    The is by far the best version of broccoli slaw I’ve ever had! Thanks for sharing it, Heather.

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  38. Jody says:

    Curious if you have the nutritional counts oer serving for this recipe? We make it a lot and I love it but was curious on the Carb count mainly for my grandson who is type 1 Diabetic. Not sure he would eat it, but just in case? Thanks for this great site! Love your recipes. :)

  39. Michelle says:

    Hi Heather! This looks super yummy! Three questions: best red wine vinegar sub for this recipe? Can this be made a day ahead, or is it best same day? Will frozen defrosted brocolli instead of fresh or ahould I lightly steam it and cool? My pregnant brain bought frozen instead of fresh brocolli. :) Thank you!!!

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    How do I print your recipes?

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