Broccoli Raisin Salad Done the Raw Food Way

by Susan on October 24, 2009

Raw Food Recipes: Broccoli Raisin SaladI love to make raw food versions of traditional recipes. One of my favorite salads from the “old” days was broccoli, raisin salad.It is a favorite that appears everywhere. You will find it at salad bars, and potlucks. The original is filled with bacon, mayo and sugar. That no longer fits into my needs for healthy, raw food. I still find myself craving this salad so I decided to make a raw food recipe version. The bacon has been eliminated and the sugar and fat laden dressing is replaced by a healthy cashew based dressing.  I am pleased with the results and hope you will be too. No one will ever guess this is raw!

Broccoli Raisin Sunflower Seed Salad


  • 1 C Cashews, soaked at least 2 hours
  • Juice from 1 1/2 lemons
  • 2 T Oil
  • 1/4 C Water
  • 1 shallot (2 T chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 T Agave or liquid sweetener of your choice
  • 1/2 T Mustard Powder
  • Pinch Celtic Sea Salt

Combine all ingredients in vitamix. Mix until silky smooth.


  • 6 C Chopped Broccoli
  • 1/2 Red Onion, medium, chopped
  • 1 C Raisins
  • 1 C Sunflower Seeds
  • Dressing

Mix together broccoli, raisins, onion, raisins, and sunflower seeds. Top with dressing and combine until well coated.

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Jennifer White June 19, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Made this tonight, soooo good! This was actually my first attempt at a raw/vegan meal that was any more than a salad or smoothie. So easy and delicious. I actually made an extra batch of the dressing to dip carrots and other veggies into. I am going to make this a new staple in my kitchen and this will be my new go-to recipe for parties, etc. Thank you so much for sharing.

Jenn August 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Made this and it was delish! Any idea on calories?

Chrissy December 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Hello!! How early ahead of time can you prepare the dressing? I would like to serve this Saturday, but would like to prepare ahead of my guests arriving? Thanks for any input!!

Monique February 15, 2014 at 4:38 am

I made this the other night and it was really great! I soaked the broccoli in warm water for about 20 minutes just to take the edge off the crunch. Highly recommendable!

Daphne March 2, 2014 at 6:16 pm

I made this today and it was so yummy. The cashew dressing is so much better than the traditional recipe of using mayonnaise.

Nancy May 6, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Have made this twice for groups and everyone has enjoyed it. I like it because it is easy to put together and I can make it a day ahead.

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