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Vegan Cheesy Broccoli Bacon Salad

  • Author: Alice Pagès
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: main


This raw broccoli salad with cheesy cashew cream and crispy rice bacon is perfect for a healthy main dish or delicious side. It’s fresh and easy to prepare.



Crispy bacon

  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp sesame oil or olive oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp paprika powder
  • 6 drops of liquid smoke (optional)
  • 2 sheets of rice paper 
  • water

Cheesy sauce

  • 1/2 cup cashew, soaked in water for 6 hours or overnight
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Broccoli salad

  • 1/2 broccoli head
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • 1 green onion
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • salt and pepper


Crispy bacon

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare a marinade by mixing the tamari, oil, maple syrup, nutritional yeast, paprika and liquid smoke.
  3. Lay flat one of the rice paper sheets on the baking tray and brush the top face with water. Overlay the second rice paper sheet on top (they should form one thicker rice paper sheet). 
  4. Brush the top face of the rice paper with the marinade, flip and brush the other face. Bake for 5 minutes until golden and bubbly.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to completely cool down. The rice paper will dry and become very crispy while cooling.

Cheesy sauce

  1. Rinse and drain the cashews. Place in the bowl of a blender with all the remaining ingredients. Blend until perfectly smooth and creamy, with no chunks. Taste and adjust seasoning. Set aside.

Broccoli salad

  1. Wash the broccoli and separate the florets into very small pieces using your hands or a knife. Either you can also finely chop the broccoli into thin slices or broccoli rice.
  2. Wash and finely chop the coriander and green onion. Chop the red onion. 
  3. Combine the broccoli, chopped coriander, green onion and red onion in a serving plate. Add the raisins, sunflower seeds, half of the cheesy sauce and roughly mix to incorporate. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour over the remaining cheesy sauce and garnish with crumbs of bacon. Enjoy fresh.


  1. If you are short on time, you can soak the cashews in very hot water for 30 minutes to soften.
  2. You can find nutritional yeast in any health or organic grocery store. It adds a cheesy flavor to all your dishes.

Keywords: salad, broccoli salad, main, bacon, cheesy sauce, green salad,