Broccoli slaw that is so simple and so tasty, it will blow your mind! A simple creamy homemade dressing and some veggies is all you need!

I’ve never been a big fan of slaw. It always looks like it’s drowning in mayo. I would skip the coleslaw every time at  summer BBQs. I don’t know…it just never looked appealing to me. Then someone mentioned broccoli stems instead of cabbage. I had to try it! It has changed my mind on slaw forever!

So bust out the grill for some BBQ chicken or the Traeger for some smoked pulled pork! It’s time for some summer BBQing and this broccoli slaw is on the menu!

a photo of broccoli slaw in a big white ceramic bowl with slice almonds on top.

What Ingredients are Needed for Broccoli Slaw?

I said that this was simple, so now I’m going to prove it. You can go with the store bought broccoli slaw to make super duper easy, or go totally from scratch. Either way, it’s going to be a hit at the BBQ. Here is your ingredients list:

  • Broccoli Stems (or a bag of broccoli slaw)
  • Carrots (shredded)
  • Mayonnaise (light)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Raisins (or craisins)
  • Ground Mustard
  • Salt Pepper
  • Sliced Almonds

The measurements for each ingredient is listed in the recipe card below.

a photo of a big white ceramic bowl full of broccoli slaw topped with raisins and sliced almonds

How to Make Broccoli Slaw

Here are the steps for making this yummy veggie side dish:

  1. Peel the carrots and set them aside.
  2. Slice off the outer skin of the broccoli stems.
  3. Grate the carrots and broccoli stems (use a food processor or electric shredder, or buy a bag of broccoli slaw).
  4. Combine the sugar and vinegar in a bowl and stir to dissolve the sugar.
  5. Add the rest of the dressing ingredients and stir to combine.
  6. Add the shredded vegetables and raisins and combine. Then chill.
  7. Top with sliced almonds before serving if desired. I love the crunch it adds!

The detailed instructions can also be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

a photo of a bowl full of broccoli slaw topped with sliced almonds and plump raisins all in a large white bowl.

Is Broccoli Slaw Healthier Than Cabbage Slaw?

Broccoli slaw is packed with many antioxidants and other nutrients that cabbage does not offer.

What Are the Health Benefits Of Broccoli?

Just one cup of broccoli provides over 100 percent of your daily need for vitamin C and vitamin K.

Broccoli is also high in vitamin A, folate, and potassium.

How Long Will Broccoli Slaw Keep?

Cole slaw will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Slaw should be kept in an airtight container and refrigerated within 2 hours.

a photo of a big white ceramic bowl full of broccoli slaw topped with raisins and sliced almonds

What to Eat with Broccoli Slaw?

I’ve talked about this being a BBQ side, but it could really go great with just about any main dish. Here are a few of our favorites:

Which main dish I you going to make with it first?

It is time for broccoli slaw to be a part of your life! The perfect amount of sweet tangy dressing on shredded broccoli and carrots with pops of raisin and the crunch of sliced almonds. Who is coming to my BBQ?

More BBQ Side Dishes:

Broccoli Slaw

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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 3 Carrots, medium
  • 4 Broccoli Stems, large *see note
  • 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise, low fat
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Cup Raisins, or craisins
  • Almonds, sliced


  • Peel carrots and set aside.
    3 Carrots
  • Carefully slice the tough outer skin off the broccoli stems. (If you look at a cross-section you can see the 1/16th in. skin.)
    4 Broccoli Stems
  • Grate the carrots and broccoli stems (I recommend using a food processor or electric shredder).
  • Put the sugar in a medium bowl and add the vinegar.
    2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar, 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Stir for a minute to allow the vinegar to begin to dissolve the sugar.
  • Add the mayo, ground mustard, salt and pepper and stir.
    1/2 Cup Mayonnaise, 1/4 teaspoon Ground Mustard, Salt and Pepper
  • Mix in the veggies and chill before serving. Top with sliced almonds if desired.
    Almonds, 1 Cup Raisins


  • You can also buy a bag of broccoli slaw at the grocery store and skip shredding the broccoli stems and carrots yourself. Broccoli slaw usually comes with shredded carrots and sometimes red cabbage.


Serving: 1gCalories: 218kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 251mgPotassium: 464mgFiber: 4gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 7667IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: America's Best 4th of July Desserts, Recipes and Sides

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a photo of broccoli slaw in a big white ceramic bowl with slice almonds on top.