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Broccoli Raisin Salad Done the Raw Food Way

I 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!


Raw Food Recipes: Broccoli Raisin Salad


Broccoli Raisin Sunflower Seed Salad


  • 1 cup cashews, soaked at least 2 hours
  • 1 1/2 lemons (juice from)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 shallot (2 tablespoons chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons agave (or liquid sweetener of your choice)
  • 1/2 tablespoon mustard powder
  • pinch celtic sea salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in Vitamix. Mix until silky smooth.


  • 6 cups broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, medium, chopped
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • dressing
  1. Mix together broccoli, raisins, onion, raisins, and sunflower seeds.
  2. Top with dressing and combine until well coated.
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  1. martha wrote on January 29, 2015

    Soaking im sorry I saw ur recipe and I want to try it but I’m sorry I don’t know what you mean by soaking soaking the cashews in what and are we talking about raw cashews I am new to all this I am a breast cancer survivor

  2. Sasha wrote on January 8, 2015

    Thank you! I made it, and it’s delicious. I ordered 2 of your books, can’t wait!

  3. Nancy wrote on May 6, 2014

    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.

  4. Daphne wrote on March 2, 2014

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

  5. Monique wrote on February 15, 2014

    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!

  6. Chrissy wrote on December 19, 2013

    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!!

  7. Jenn wrote on August 29, 2013

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

  8. Jennifer White wrote on June 19, 2013

    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.

  9. Shauni wrote on May 14, 2013

    Thank you so much for creating this recipe! I love broccoli salad and I made this the other day and it’s amazing! So happy to have a healthy version!

    • Susan wrote on May 14, 2013

      So glad you liked it, Shauni!

  10. Kelly wrote on May 13, 2013

    Very good except too much Mustard powder for me- I would reduce next time by half at least. Thanks for sharing!


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