This Roasted Broccoli Salad has both roasted and raw broccoli, toasted almonds, sweet cranberries, and tiny pieces of tart lemon. It's delicious!

Roasted broccoli salad in a glass bowl.

If you haven't had a roasted broccoli salad before, can you please promise me you'll make this one tonight? 

Thanks, guys. I promise you that you won't regret it.

This beauty in a bowl here is what happens when broccoli salad, broccoli slaw, and crispy roasted broccoli all come together for a sexy mènage à trois. I've thrown some crispy almonds, sweet cranberries, and tart little lemons slices in the mix just for some extra delicious fun times.

With each bite, you take you'll get a little bit of crunchiness, crispness, sweetness, and tanginess. What more could you possibly ask for? 🙂

Wooden salad tongs taking a scoop of roasted broccoli salad.

I need to talk to you about the little lemon slices that are in here. They're so tiny that you might not think they would be of much use, but they're my favorite part. Every time one finds its way onto your fork your mouth will explode with the most beautiful fresh lemony taste. They make the salad.

Or I should say, I think they make the salad. The second time I was scooping a big pile onto my handsome man's plate he asked to not give him so much lemon, and I was like, “What the #!*%?” I didn't understand (still don't understand) why they're not his thing. Like I mentioned before, I LOVE them.

So here's the thing, I want to know your opinion. What do you think of the lemon slices in here?

A scoop of roasted broccoli salad on a wooden spoon.

Summer Salads Recipes

Roasted broccoli salad in a glass bowl.

Roasted Broccoli Salad with Lemons and Almonds

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American


This Roasted Broccoli Salad has both roasted and raw broccoli, toasted almonds, cranberries and tiny pieces of tart lemon. It’s paleo, vegan and delicious! It will be a hit at all of your summer parties.



  • 2 heads of broccoli
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 4 very thin slices of lemon, each cut into 8 tiny triangles (whatever you change about this recipe make sure you don't leave out the lemon slices. They're the best part!)

For the lemony dressing

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or sub maple syrup for vegan)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, grated on a Microplane or very finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat your oven to broil at 420 degrees. Place the rack on the top shelf. Note: if you cannot control the temperature your oven broils at, place the rack on a lower shelf and keep a closer eye on the broccoli. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Roughly chop the broccoli, making sure to include the sweet broccoli stems. You should have around 9 cups. Place 2 cups of the broccoli in a large bowl and the rest on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the broccoli on the baking sheet with the olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Mix it around so that all of the broccoli is coated with oil. Pop it in your oven and let it roast for 15-20 minutes, or until the florets are dark brown. Remove them from the oven and put them in the bowl with the raw broccoli.
  3. Put the almonds in a small baking dish and roast them in the oven along with the broccoli until they are fragrant and light brown, about 8 minutes. Remove them from the oven and roughly chop them once they are cool enough to handle. Add the chopped almonds, cranberries, dill and lemon slices to the bowl with the broccoli.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together all of the dressing ingredients. Pour it over the broccoli and toss to coat.
  5. Serve immediately, or let it stand for up to 20 minutes.