Broccoli & Apple Salad

February 19, 2012
Loaded with fresh broccoli, chopped apple, dried cranberries, crunchy walnuts, and a creamy Greek yogurt dressing, this Broccoli & Apple Salad is packed with great flavor.  It's perfect for enjoying with any Fall dinner ... or all-year-round!

Broccoli & Apple Salad Image

When I make broccoli salad, I usually make my Mom's broccoli salad with bacon & dried cranberries.  Loaded with craisins (or raisins), red onion, sunflower seeds, and bacon, it's probably the version of broccoli salad most people are familiar with.

And oh, it's delicious.

It delivers up great crunch from its combination of raw broccoli florets, chopped celery, and sunflower seeds.  And delivers up fabulous flavor with the tanginess of its sweet-and-sour dressing, smokiness from crumbled bacon, and the sweetness of dried cranberries.

It's one of my go-to dishes, for sure.

Classic Broccoli Salad Image

Well, the other night I wanted to make some broccoli salad to go along with dinner.  I went to the pantry and soon discovered I didn't have all the ingredients on hand.

Namely, I was lacking red onion, sunflower seeds, and, well, bacon.

Wonderful crunch comes from a combination of raw broccoli florets and a hearty dose of walnuts.  Fresh apple lends a nice texture element, as well. 

But hey - I had the broccoli!  It's a start, right?

I turned to the Internet, and quickly found an alternative combination ... this apple version.  And what do you know? ~ I had all the ingredients on hand.

Broccoli Salad with Apples and Walnuts Image

I whipped it up for dinner, and was very pleased with the result.  Mark and I both declared it a keeper, and decided we really liked the apple in it.

Just as with the classic broccoli salad version, this salad delivers up great crunch.  This time, the wonderful crunch comes from a combination of raw broccoli florets and a hearty dose of walnuts.  Fresh apple lends a nice texture element, as well.

As for the usual bit of sweetness?  Yep, still there.  This time from a combination of both dried cranberries and chopped apple.

This version is given a nice creaminess with a stir-in of plain Greek yogurt.

And the characteristic tanginess of the dressing?  There, too!  But this version is given a nice creaminess with a stir-in of plain Greek yogurt.

It's truly a wonderful flavor when it all comes together.

So, if you have a hankering for broccoli salad and find yourself missing some ingredients ... or just don't feel like frying up some bacon, ... give this apple version a try.

It makes up a really nice and tasty salad, for sure.

Fall Broccoli & Apple Salad with Walnuts Image
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Broccoli & Apple Salad
(Printable recipe)
  • 4 c. broccoli florets, chopped
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 c. chopped unpeeled apple
  • 1/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 T. mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 3 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 c. coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the broccoli florets, green onions, and chopped apple.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, and sugar. Pour over the broccoli mixture. Stir to coat.
  3. Stir in dried cranberries and nuts.
  4. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving to allow flavors to meld.

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  1. I love that traditional broccoli salad, but I think I would like this one even more. I love the apples in it and the greek yogurt.

  2. This looks so good. I like any salad with brocolli in it

  3. This sounds delicious!!! I like the idea of adding the apples instead of bacon, a little healthier:) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh, this looks delicious! I came here from the Saturday link Party at Six Sisters' Stuff. I'm pinning it to try later!

  5. We are definitely making this yummy salad! Already copied the recipe. Thanks for sharing. We loved having you link up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope to have you back again soon!! -The Sisters

  6. Oh, YUM! a healthier, different version...LOVE it! Cannot wait to try! Catching up on your blog today and finding some treasures! You are so good/creative with tweaking a recipe.

  7. I've made this twice in the past week! It's really great!! I double the suggested amount of vinegar, though. Thanks!!


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