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

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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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  • Sarah
    March 17, 2017

    Hi Natasha,
    This recipe looks great I plan to make it tonight. In the photos of the unmixed salad it looks like there is rice in it as well.. would you recommend adding in rice? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 17, 2017

      Hi Sarah, I don’t think rice would meld well with the other textures in this salad. I haven’t tried it though, so I guess I could be wrong ;). What you’re seeing in the photos is onion, but it does kind of look like rice, doesn’t it? 🙂 Reply

  • Carmen
    February 15, 2017

    Wonderful salad, I sub. Plain yogurt for sour crm . Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 15, 2017

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy it! I love the healthy substitution 🙂 Reply

  • Nancy
    December 6, 2016

    Can this be made ahead of time? If so, how long do you think? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 6, 2016

      Hi Nancy, I think it tastes and looks best the same day it’s made (within 3-4 hours after stirring), especially with the apples in it. Leftovers are tasty the next day after refrigeration but the salad looks best on day 1. Reply

  • Mary
    October 17, 2016

    This recipe looks yummy, would love to try it. My diet restricts me from having any type of dairy products. Can the sour cream be substituted with anything else? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 17, 2016

      Hi Mary, I honestly haven’t tried anything else besides sour cream. Several readers have reported good results with using Greek yogurt but again – dairy. I can’t think of anything off the top. Anyone else have any good dairy-free substitutes? Reply

      • Anna
        November 23, 2016

        Hi Natasha, I plan to make this salad for Thanksgiving, and I, too, fall in a category to keep dishes dairy free. I do not know of non dairy substitutes for sour cream, however, I am wondering if using 1 full cup of Mayo instead of half Mayo/half Sour Cream. Thoughts? Should be okay? Thanks! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          November 23, 2016

          Anna, you might use 3/4 cups of mayo since full cup my overwhelm the taste in the salad or add it to taste. Reply

      • Brenda
        January 4, 2017

        Coconut Cream Reply

      • Vilma
        March 1, 2017

        Mary, try nondairy cream cheese-like Go Veggie plain with vegan mayo-like Just Mayo. I just made some yesterday and my husband and kids love it!!! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 1, 2017

          Thank you for sharing and I’m so glad your family enjoyed it!! 🙂 Reply

  • Susan
    August 7, 2016

    Just made this… I used broccoli slaw, brought in produce isle. It was great, we loved it Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 7, 2016

      Susan, thank you for the nice review, I’m glad you loved it 😁 Reply

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