Broccoli Apple Salad

02.27.2017

This broccoli apple salad is the perfect salad for fall! Made with raw broccoli, onions, walnuts, golden raisins, cranberries and carrots it’s the perfect mix of savory and sweet. Plus it’s tossed with a lighter creamy tangy dressing that doesn’t compromise on flavor at all!

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Broccoli Apple Salad

There are only a few ways you can get me to eat raw broccoli and actually enjoy it. It either needs to be mixed into a salad like so or dunked into a really good dip.

This delicious Broccoli Apple Salad is one of the best ways you can enjoy fresh broccoli! Plus it’s packed with nutritious ingredients! I also made it lighter (as I frequently like to with dressings) by substituting plain Greek yogurt for some of the mayonnaise.

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The Dressing

Don’t get me wrong, I love mayo. My go to brand of mayonnaise is Hellman’s (AKA Best Foods in some states). I always have a full-fat version of it and a light version stocked in my fridge. I use it for countless things, from sandwiches, to dressings, to salmon, to chicken salads and so forth.

It’s a pantry (or in this case refrigerator) staple. I love the rich creaminess the full-fat version offers to this salad. By using the ratio of 1/3 cup regular mayo to 3/4 cup Greek yogurt, you can still keep a healthy balance without compromising great flavor.

An overhead shot of Broccoli Apple Salad in a white bowl Broccoli Apple Salad with a creamy dressing getting poured over the top

Tips For Making This Broccoli Apple Salad

  • Because the ingredients in this salad are raw it doesn’t wilt so easily. You can make this in the morning and pack it in lunch containers for work, school or picnics. You can even make the dressing the night before to reduce morning prep time.
  • If you don’t have walnuts then cashews would be a good substitute
  • You could also try adding some blue cheese (great with apple and walnuts)
  • Go for sweet apples such as gala apples rather than sharp and sour ones

 

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Broccoli Apple Salad

5 from 23 votes

This delicious Broccoli Apple Salad is one of the best ways you can enjoy fresh broccoli! It's packed with nutritious ingredients and sure to be a crowd pleaser, everyone will love this lighter dressing!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 269 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 4 cups small diced broccoli florets
  • 2 small gala apples , cored and diced
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup matchstick carrots , roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion

Dressing

  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup Hellman's or Best Foods Mayonnaise (full fat)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • Salt

Instructions

For the dressing:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, honey and season with salt to taste (about 1/4 tsp). Chill until ready to use.

For the salad:

  1. In a salad bowl toss together broccoli, apples, walnuts, carrots, raisins or cranberries and red onion. Pour in dressing and toss until evenly coated.
  2. Recipe source: inspired by Hellman's and my apple coleslaw and broccoli cauliflower salad
Nutrition Facts
Broccoli Apple Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 94mg 4%
Potassium 409mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 19g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 59.6%
Vitamin C 53.9%
Calcium 6.9%
Iron 5.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

118 comments

  • Michelle Cadrin-Msumba: Just made it for a potluck dinner for my teen daughter – so yummy! Love the dressing. November 14, 2018 at 3:07pm Reply

  • Lee: Thank you! This will be a happy addition to our Thanksgiving menu… kind of a combination of two of my favorite salads! November 11, 2018 at 7:47pm Reply

  • Rebecca: You know what, I was a little dubious when taste-testing the dressing, but the whole thing came together really well. Delicious salad that is a welcome change from the leafy ones I usually make at home. I did decrease the honey to 2 tbsp. Thanks for the recipe! October 30, 2018 at 7:09pm Reply

  • Danielle: A delicious and fresh crunchy tasty salad we now have all the time – highly recommended! October 23, 2018 at 10:02pm Reply

  • Anmarie: Hey there ! Do you think I could use vegan mayo and coconut yogurt or almond milk yogurt instead of the regular mayo and Greek yogurt for this recipe ? October 17, 2018 at 4:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That vegan mayo and almond milk yogurt would probably be fine just depending on how runny they are. I recommend just using your best judgment (if yogurt is runny use all vegan mayo). November 5, 2018 at 9:43pm Reply

  • joseph a beaufait: Quick and amazing. The first time I made it I ate over half the recipe. I just couldn’t stop it was so good. October 16, 2018 at 11:14am Reply

  • Gari Savage: I made this recipe last week! It was so good I doubled it for this week :) I did not add the mayo just increased the yogurt to make up the difference. I decreased the honey to 2TBSP. Thanks for the recipe. September 30, 2018 at 5:31pm Reply

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