Broccoli Slaw with Cranberries and Pistachios

I serve broccoli at least once a week in my house (thankfully, my kids like it). When I do this, I steam the florets, which leaves me with the leftover stems. I save up the stems in the fridge and when I have enough, I make this healthy broccoli slaw with cranberries and pistachios.

Why Make Broccoli Slaw with Cranberries and Pistachios?

This recipe has everything going for it! You save those broccoli stems from going into the compost bin – making this salad super economical. It’s sweet and salty from the dried cranberries and pistachios which also makes it both chewy and crunchy!

Broccoli is an excellent source of cancer fighting sulphoraphane – an important phytonutrient and fibre – an important part of an anti-inflammatory diet.

If your cranberries are dried out and hard, you can soften them in hot water first for less than a minute. Otherwise, let them soak in the dressing before serving.

I recommend probiotic yogurt whenever possible. While all yogurt is made using starter culture, I feel more confident that I am eating a product with a high amount of live active probiotic bacteria that can reach my intestines when I choose a yogurt labelled “probiotic”.

Broccoli Slaw with Cranberries and Pistachios

Don't through out those broccoli stems! Save them, peel and grate them for this crunchy, chewy, sweet and salty broccoli slaw with cranberries and pistachios.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Broccoli, broccoli stem, broccoli stems, craisins, cranberries, cruciferous, Dried Cranberries, economical, pistachios, recipe, reducing waste, salad, slaw, sulphoraphane
Servings: 4
Author: Jean LaMantia
Cost: 5


  • Serving Bowl
  • Shredder - electric or manual
  • Rubber spatula or mixing spoon
  • Serving spoon
  • Cutting board
  • Knife or vegetable peeler
  • Measuring cups
  • Juier (optional)


  • 4-5 Broccoli stems
  • 1/4 cup plain probiotic yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
  • 1/4 cup pistachios shelled
  • cayenne pepper optional
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cut away the outer thick skin of the broccoli stem
    Broccoli stems with skin removed
  • Grate the broccoli stems
  • Mix yogurt, mayonnaise and lime juice in bowl
  • Add in shredded broccoli, nuts and cranberries and seasonings if using
Ingredients for broccoli slaw with cranberries and pistachios
Ingredients include shredded broccoli stems, pistachios, dried cranberries, plain low fat yogurt and mayonnaise (mixed in photo) and juice of 1 lime. Salt and pepper to taste.
Broccoli stems on plate
Before this recipe, all these broccoli stems would have been just put into the compost bin. I love that this recipe allows me to use these and enjoy the health benefits of broccoli. To make this recipe more economical, you can buy the pistachios and dried cranberries in bulk in the amount you need as a full bag of these ingredients can be expensive. Otherwise, buy a package, keep them on hand, they are a great carb-protein snack that you can enjoy together.


If you like this recipe, you’ll probably like my End of Summer Salads Round-Up and my Mediterranean Chickpea and Tuna Salad

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