Healthy Broccoli Salad with Vegan Bacon, Apples, Blue Cheese and Pecans
Easy and healthy vegetarian broccoli salad recipe with vegan bacon (!), apples, blue cheese, cranberries and pecans. Delicious gluten-free side dish full of nutrients for your Thanksgiving table!
Servings Prep Time
2-3 10minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
2-3 10minutes
Cook Time
For the salad:
  • 400g or 3 cups raw broccoli florets
  • 1 medium-sized sweet applediced
  • 80g or 3 oz blue cheese (e.g. Gorgonzola)diced
  • 40g or 1/3 cup cranberries
  • 40g or 1/3 cup pecans
For the vegan bacon:
For the maple Dijon mustard dressing:
  • 1tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1tablespoon crème fraiche
  • 1tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Blanche broccoli:
  1. Boil water with a pinch of salt in a medium-sized pot and blanch broccoli florets for about 3-4 minutes. Drain them and let cool a bit.
Make vegan bacon:
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C or 400 F. Cut a sheet of rice paper into 1 inch (2.5 cm) strips with scissors. Take two strips of the same length and smear them with water from both sides using a silicon brush. Press them together, creating a double-layered strip. Transfer them in a single layer onto the baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the dipping sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together Marmite, olive oil, soy sauce, maple syrup, ground paprika and black pepper. Brush each strip from both sides with the sauce and bake until crispy, about 7 minutes. Set aside.
Make maple Dijon mustard dressing:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, Dijon mustard, crème fraiche, apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add water to adjust the consistency.
Assemble the salad:
  1. In a big salad bowl, mix together broccoli, diced apple, blue cheese, cranberries, pecans and add the dressing. Break the vegan bacon into small pieces and top your salad with it just before serving. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

This salad keeps well in the fridge for up to 3 days, which makes it a perfect make ahead meal. To avoid the vegan bacon getting soggy, store it separately in an airtight container and top the salad with it just before serving.