Broccoli, Bocconcini & Chicken Salad

Bocconcini, semi-soft unripened fresh mozzarella cheese, are salt free and are a great addition to this fresh and flavourful steamed broccoli salad. Flavour is heightened with the fall herbs thyme, rosemary and sage. This gorgeous salad is delicious and has fewer calories, fat and sodium compared to the popular broccoli salad laden with mayonnaise, bacon & cheese.
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 10 min


6 cups broccoli, stalks and florets, sliced
1 pkg bocconcini pearls, 24% MF, (fresh mozzarella), drained
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
2 cups carrots, grated
1/4 cup red onions, minced
1/4 cup raisins
1 tsp sugar
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp paprika
2 tsp thyme, fresh
2 tsp rosemary, fresh, minced
1 tsp sage, fresh
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Slice broccoli stalks into rounds. Separate heads into florettes. Steam until tender crisp and still bright green. You can also make this salad with raw broccoli if you prefer. Add to large salad bowl.

  2. Shred the cooked chicken and add to bowl.

  3. Grate carrots and mince onion and toss into salad bowl along with the raisins and bocconcini.

  4. Add sugar, olive oil, red wine vinegar, paprika, thyme leaves, minced rosemary and sage, minced garlic, salt and freshly ground pepper. Toss well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Helpful Tip

Bocconcini are available in a variety of sizes of balls and here the “pearls” are used.

Nutrition Info

Per 225 g serving Amount
Protein24 g
Fat15 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Carbohydrate17 g
Fibre4 g
Sugar8 g
Cholesterol60 mg
Sodium190 mg
Per 225 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A150
Vitamin C140
Vitamin B618
Vitamin B128