Asian Broccoli Salad

A square plate of fresh salad.

I love broccoli salad – you know the kind that has bacon and sunflower seeds. It is a classic salad that we love to have, especially at BBQs, potlucks and family gatherings. This broccoli salad creates a new type of salad full of Asian flavours.

This Asian broccoli salad is often enjoyed for several reasons:

  1. Crunchiness: The combination of fresh crisp broccoli, carrots and other crunchy ingredients like nuts or seeds, provides a satisfying texture.
  2. Balanced Flavours: The Asian vinaigrette has flavourful balance between sweetness, tanginess, saltiness and spicy heat.
  3. Versatility: While this broccoli salad recipe has Asian flavours, it is highly versatile. You can customise it by adding different ingredients like as onions, bacon, cheese, dried fruits, sunflower seeds, or other vegetables. Feel free to use different dressings and vinaigrettes.
  4. Ease of Preparation: Broccoli salad is simple to make and requires no cooking. It is also a dish that can be prepared ahead of time.
Raw broccoli finely chopped in a glass bowl.

Chop The Broccoli

Rinse the broccoli under cold water. Then, cut the broccoli into very small chunks and pieces. It is best to have them be small portion sizes which makes it easier for the salad.

Peeled carrot sliced in a thin julienne sticks.

Julienne The Carrots

Take the carrots and peel them. Then, cut them into small thin sticks so that they resemble the shape of matchsticks.

Salad dressing mixed in a measuring bowl with ingredient bottles surrounding.

How To Make The Sesame Vinaigrette

It is the vinaigrette that gives this salad its Asian flavour profile. The sweetness of the honey mixed with the saltiness of the soy sauce goes great in the dressing alongside the kick of ginger and garlic. The sesame oil reveals that it truly is an Asian salad.

Making this vinaigrette is super simple. Whisk together the oils, minced garlic, grated ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey and sriracha. Once combined, this salad dressing is made and ready to be tossed in with the rest of the salad.

Make Ahead? If desired, the vinaigrette can be made a few hours ahead to allow the garlic, ginger and other ingredients to infuse together. It is possible to even make this the night before. Store it in a jar or other container in the fridge overnight.

Overhead picture of salad with broccoli, carrots and more.

How To Make Asian Broccoli Salad

Once the vinaigrette has been made, it is time to assemble the salad. Dump the chopped broccoli, julienned carrots and sliced green onions to a large bowl. Pour in the vinaigrette and toss until well coated. Let the vegetables marinate in the dressing for about 30 minutes. When ready to serve, mix in the sesame seeds and chopped almonds.

Close up picture of a plate of fresh salad.

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Asian Broccoli Salad

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4.67 out of 5
3 reviews
A fresh, crisp salad recipe with broccoli, carrots and green onions. The Asian dressing is made up of sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, ginger, garlic and dried chillies.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 8 cups broccoli , finely chopped
  • 2 cups carrots , julienned
  • 8 green onions , sliced
  • 1 cup almonds , chopped
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds , black or white

Sesame Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 3 tbsp ginger , grated
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sriracha


  • Prepare the vinaigrette by mixing the oils, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, and dried chilies together in a bowl. Set aside and let the flavours of the sauce come together.
  • In a large bowl mix the broccoli, carrots and green onions together. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss so that all the vegetables are coated. Mix in the almonds and sesame seeds.
  • Salad tastes the best if the dressing is allowed to marinate with the veggies for 15-30 minutes.


Per serving:

Calories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 350mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11g

Nutrition Disclaimer


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  • 4 stars
    Love this salad!

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  • Excellent

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  • I tried the broccoli salad and like it. Previously, have only had the salad fixed with mayonnaise, like this version better.


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  • I have some broccoli ripening in the garden right now!

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  • This one is now earmarked to make as healthy side in January – when I start my new diet 🙂 It looks amazing. Actually, I think I will add it to the holiday diet as well!

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    • Awesome! I hope you enjoy it. I think I may bring it to a family Christmas gathering.

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  • Was just thinking about making a broccoli salad. Wasn’t entirely sure what direction to go in. Now I know 😉 Thanks!

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  • hy steve,
    just found your space…awesome space you have with wonderful collection of recipes..
    nice presentation ..
    broccoli salad sounds utterly delicious..
    happy following you..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

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  • delicious flavours this looks fabulous and colourful
    Nice to meet you too

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  • I love this salad and am really going for the dressing as well. Nice and healthy, yum.

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  • Green goodness, asian style-I am in. This looks healthy and delicious, definitely a winner of a recipe. Thanks for sharing this one-yum!

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  • Oooh, that looks so lovely and healthy, too. The honey should be a great accent in this salad 🙂

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  • This looks so delicious and healthy too! My husband has requested some “healthy” meals this weekend so I think I’ll add this to the menu. Thanks.

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  • It’s looks very nice and refreshing in a seasonal kind of way.

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  • This salad looks perfectly fresh and flavorful, and I’ve got all the ingredients – guess what I’m having for lunch!

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    • Okay, I didn’t make it for lunch; I made it for dinner to go with a chicken dish. My family loved it! My son and husband gnerally dislike dressings on salads, but thought this dressing was fantastic! (Score!) Definitely keeping this recipe – thanks so much!

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      • I cannot imagine a better compliment than that! So happy that the entire family liked it. Isn’t it great when you get something that your kids enjoy!?!?

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  • These are some of my favorite flavors, Steve. This sounds so fresh and delicious!

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  • I love broccoli in a salad. It has such a strong flavor.

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