Fresh Broccoli and Apple Salad with Walnuts

This broccoli salad with apples, walnuts and creamy lemon dressing has been a family favorite for years. All of the flavors work really well together. The best Broccoli Salad! | natashaskitchen.com

This broccoli salad with apples and creamy lemon dressing has been a family favorite for years.  All of the flavors work really well together. It’s sweet, and tart and crisp. It also refrigerates really well overnight even after stirring in the dressing.

This is my Mama-in-laws recipe. My hubby made this after getting instructions over the phone. We knew it was a keeper the first time we tried it. Love at first bite!

Watch How to Make Broccoli Apple Salad:

Broccoli Salad Ingredients:

2 medium heads of broccoli, chopped into small pieces
1 large carrot, grated
1 apple, cored and finely chopped
1/4 medium onion (1/4 cup), finely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted on a skillet and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries

This broccoli salad with apples, walnuts and creamy lemon dressing has been a family favorite for years. All of the flavors work really well together. The best Broccoli Salad! | natashaskitchen.com

Broccoli Salad Dressing Ingredients:

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp sugar, or add to taste
1/4 tsp sea salt
Pinch of black pepper

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How to Make Fresh Broccoli Salad with Apple and Walnuts:

1. Toast walnuts over medium/ high heat on a dry skillet, tossing them occasionally so they don’t burn. Toast about 4-5 minutes. Chop walnuts coarsely.

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2. Combine chopped broccoli, grated carrot, chopped apple, chopped onion, chopped walnut and cranberries.

This broccoli salad with apples, walnuts and creamy lemon dressing has been a family favorite for years. All of the flavors work really well together. The best Broccoli Salad! | natashaskitchen.com

3.  To make the dressing, combine: 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 1/2 cup of sour cream, 2 Tbsp of lemon juice, 1/2 Tbsp sugar (or add to taste), 1/4 tsp of sea salt and a pinch of black pepper. Mix well.

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4. Mix as much of the dressing as you want into the salad, then serve. MMMMMM!!

This broccoli salad with apples, walnuts and creamy lemon dressing has been a family favorite for years. All of the flavors work really well together. The best Broccoli Salad! | natashaskitchen.com

Fresh Broccoli and Apple Salad with Walnuts

5.0 from 24 reviews
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $5-$6
Serving: 6-8 (as a side)

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 medium heads of broccoli, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 apple, cored and finely chopped
  • ¼ medium onion (1/4 cup), finely chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted on a skillet and coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup raisins or cranberries

Dressing Ingredients:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ Tbsp sugar, or add to taste
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • Pinch of pepper

Instructions

  1. Toast walnuts over medium/ high heat, tossing them occasionally so they don't burn. Heat about 4-5 minutes. Chop walnuts coarsely.
  2. Combine chopped broccoli, grated carrot, chopped apple, chopped onion, chopped walnut and cranberries.
  3. To make the dressing, combine: mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, sugar (to taste), salt and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Mix as much of the dressing as you want into the salad, then serve.

 

This broccoli salad with apples, walnuts and creamy lemon dressing has been a family favorite for years. All of the flavors work really well together. The best Broccoli Salad! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Mónica
    November 21, 2017

    Hello, I fell in love with your salads when I saw the first one, it looks super delicious, I wanted to ask if the broccoli is raw, or it should be cooked, because I had never eaten it raw. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 21, 2017

      Hi Monica, I always use raw, well rinsed broccoli.I have had a couple readers report good results with blanching the broccoli before adding but we love the crisp texture of raw broccoli. Reply

  • Pat
    September 17, 2017

    Out of my several broccoli salad recipes this is my new favorite. The apple is a great addition. I made it for my sewing group pot luck and it was enjoyed by all. Thanks. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 17, 2017

      My pleasure Pat! I’m so glad to hear that everyone enjoys the recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Betty
    May 25, 2017

    Sounds delish…hope to make soon, but for a group think I will delete the nuts or just add a note saying contains nute. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 25, 2017

      That is always a very thoughtful idea, especially if there might be an allergy! 🙂 Reply

  • Deb
    May 25, 2017

    Couldn’t find good broccoli so bought cauliflower. Do you think this would be a good substitute in this salad? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 25, 2017

      Hi Deb, yes that should work fine. You might be interested to see how it worked in my other very popular cauliflower salad. We do love cauliflower in our salads! 🙂 Reply

      • Deb
        May 31, 2017

        Used cauliflower and I also added some finely chopped kale – also used lots of chives from my garden instead of onion. So good and so forgiving. Beautiful dressing. Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          May 31, 2017

          That sounds delicious Deb! Thanks for sharing your fantastic review 😀 Reply

  • Laurie
    May 19, 2017

    I love this salad! I am also dairy free so I just added a little more mayo. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 19, 2017

      Thank you for sharing your great review Laurie! 😀 Reply

  • May 6, 2017

    I love how crunchy this recipe is. It is yummy and packed full of easy to find ingredients.

    I just found another way to incorporate broccoli into my diet! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 6, 2017

      I’m happy to hear you love the recipe! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Terrie
    April 29, 2017

    What is the nutrients review? Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 29, 2017

      Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you Terrie! Reply

  • mlendaro@moscone.com
    April 3, 2017

    there is a new yogurt made of almonds at whole foods in the yogurt section
    non dairy taste so good Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2017

      Thank you so much for sharing that! 🙂 Reply

  • paris
    March 27, 2017

    hi natasha I really like your recipe, but I have a doubt Can I boil broccoli? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 27, 2017

      The fresh broccoli works best in this recipe. It’s crisp and flavorful and I don’t think the salad would be as good if it were boiled. Reply

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