Broccoli Salad Recipe with Creamy Lemon Dressing (VIDEO)

The ORIGINAL Broccoli Salad Recipe - loaded with broccoli, apples, craisins and pecans, and tossed in a creamy lemon dressing. A must-try broccoli salad! | natashaskitchen.com

This broccoli salad recipe with creamy lemon dressing is one of the first and most loved recipes on my blog; an oldie but a goodie! We posted this broccoli apple salad recipe 7 years ago and it’s been well loved by our family and our readers ever since.

It is loaded with crunchy broccoli, crisp apples, chewy craisins and toasted pecans. The creamy lemon dressing brings everything together and it just works! This salad is perfect for potlucks, BBQ’s, picnics, you name it!

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*Bonus: This broccoli salad also refrigerates well so if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, it will still be delicious the next day. The lemon dressing preserves the apples and prevents browning. So yummy!

The ORIGINAL Broccoli Salad Recipe - loaded with broccoli, apples, craisins and pecans, and tossed in a creamy lemon dressing. A must-try broccoli salad! | natashaskitchen.com

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Broccoli Salad Recipe with Creamy Lemon Dressing (VIDEO)

4.97 from 30 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
The ORIGINAL Broccoli Salad Recipe - loaded with broccoli, apples, craisins and pecans, and tossed in a creamy lemon dressing. A must-try broccoli salad! | natashaskitchen.com
The ORIGINAL Broccoli Salad Recipe - loaded with broccoli, apples, craisins and pecans, and tossed in a creamy lemon dressing. A must-try broccoli salad!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $7-$10
Servings: 6 as a side salad

Ingredients

Ingredients for Broccoli Salad Recipe:

  • 2 medium broccoli heads stems included, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • 1 apple cored and finely chopped
  • 1/4 medium red onion 1/4 cup, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts toasted
  • 1/2 cup raisins or craisins

Ingredients for Creamy Lemon Dressing:

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

Instructions

  1. Chop broccoli into bite-sized pieces, grate carrot, chop apple and thinly slice onion and transfer into a salad bowl. Add toasted pecans and dried cranberries.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all salad dressing ingredients then add dressing into the salad to taste and toss to combine.

 

The ORIGINAL Broccoli Salad Recipe - loaded with broccoli, apples, craisins and pecans, and tossed in a creamy lemon dressing. A must-try broccoli salad! | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Mary Rozin
    May 14, 2018

    Can you make the dressing the day before and keep in the fridge and pour over the salad the next day? I can’t wait to make this. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 14, 2018

      Hi Mary, that would be fine, just keep it refrigerated! Reply

  • Wanda
    February 16, 2018

    Just made it , delicious! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 16, 2018

      I’m glad you like it Wanda! Thanks for sharing! Reply

  • Doris Sikora
    February 10, 2018

    can I make this today without the dressing and serve tomorrow evening Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 10, 2018

      Hi Doris, that would be fine, just keep it refrigerated 😀 Reply

  • Lotte
    January 31, 2018

    is it ok to boil the brocolli first or just eat it raw as you have done? ive nvr eaten raw brocolli. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 31, 2018

      Hi Lotte, I would advice just using fresh broccoli. You will be pleasantly surprised 😀 Reply

  • Esme
    January 3, 2018

    what type of apple is best to use in this salad? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 3, 2018

      Hi Esme, I usually just use what I have on hand but it is best to use a crisp, sweet-tart apple like golden delicious, gala, honey crisp, there are so many good ones! Reply

      • Esme
        January 3, 2018

        Thank you. Reply

  • kden
    January 1, 2018

    I made this tonight to go with Ham. It was such a nice fresh alternative to a boring hot vegi. Makes me feel better about eating scalloped potatoes. Will definitely make this again. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 2, 2018

      I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review with other readers! Reply

  • Janet Brown
    December 17, 2017

    I made this a couple of months ago it was a hit everyone enjoyed it. Now we’re having a Christmas party and I was asked to make it again. I love ❤️ it. Thanks for sharing.

    Merry Christmas Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 18, 2017

      You’re welcome Janet! I’m glad to hear the recipe is a HIT! Thanks for sharing your great review and have a blessed holiday! Reply

  • Mariaelena
    December 13, 2017

    I made it couples weeks ago,every one enjoyed Really good! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 13, 2017

      Awesome, I’m glad to hear that! Thanks for sharing your review! Reply

  • Barb
    November 24, 2017

    Made this for Thanksgiving. It was a hit!!! So yummy!!! Thanks for sharing. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 25, 2017

      You’re welcome Barb! I’m glad to hear the recipe was such a success! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Andrea
    November 14, 2017

    Anyone ever add cheese to this awesome recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 15, 2017

      Hi Andrea, I haven’t tried but one of my readers reported good results adding cheddar so I think it would be fun to experiment with cheese 🙂 Reply

  • Anita
    October 26, 2017

    I used sliced seedless green grapes instead of raisins or cranberries. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 26, 2017

      That sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing Anita! Reply

    • Lynda
      December 30, 2017

      Hi
      Do you think small pieces of crispy bacon would work well? I would like to try this recipe for New Year’s eve. 🙂 Thank you Reply

      • Natasha
        natashaskitchen
        December 30, 2017

        Lynda, I haven’t tried using bacon but that should work. Happy New Year! Reply

  • shelia mccammon
    October 23, 2017

    this sounds yummy but i would like to know serving size calories and carbs in it, because i am diabetic. would really like to try this Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 23, 2017

      This recipe serves 6 as a side salad. 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 Shelia! Reply

  • shaz
    October 17, 2017

    hi I will make this it looks yummy..just a question can I boil the brocilli a little. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 17, 2017

      Hi Shaz, I prefer the crunch in this salad from the raw broccoli but you can blanch it in hot water if you prefer it that way, just be sure it is well-drained so you aren’t adding water to the salad. Reply

  • Janet Marzan
    October 15, 2017

    Hi Natasha, I just made this salad for dinner tonight to go with a roasted chicken, roasted carrots & potatoes. The dressing is just great, with the right amount of tang. I used toasted walnuts too. I hope it makes it to the dinner table! 🙂 I look forward to taking it for lunch tomorrow too. Well done! Thank you, Janet from Toronto, Canada Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 15, 2017

      Hello Janet! I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe! Thank YOU for sharing your great review with other readers! Reply

  • Brenda
    October 13, 2017

    Haven’t made yet, although I certainly want too. Looks delicious. My question is, will the dressing go runny, if salad is made ahead, and refrigerated? I.e overnight. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 13, 2017

      Hi Brenda, it does not go runny when made ahead, just make sure your broccoli isn’t wet when adding to the salad – shake out the extra moisture before chopping. Reply

  • Grace
    October 11, 2017

    Very good 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻Thank you!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 11, 2017

      You are welcome Grace and thank you for the nice review! Reply

  • Delories Tindol
    October 9, 2017

    Do you have a nutrition count for this? Sounds really good though. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 9, 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! Reply

  • Denise
    September 30, 2017

    This is an excellent salad. I can’t wait to share it! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 30, 2017

      I’m glad you love the recipe Denise! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Sharlene
    September 28, 2017

    👍, looks fabulous, can’t wait to make it. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 28, 2017

      It’s delicious! I hope you love it Sharlene! Reply

  • Kelly Marsh
    September 23, 2017

    I am looking forward to trying this recipe!
    It looks like a great variation to another salad (“Sunshine Salad”) that I’ve made before! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 25, 2017

      This is one of my most popular salad recipes, I hope you enjoy it! Please let me know what you think! 🙂 Reply

  • Linda Barnhart
    September 10, 2017

    I am always able to adapt your wonderful recipes to our family’s needs. Left out the sugar and dairy, just used the homemade mayo and lemon juice, it was bright and crunchy and excellent for this hot day. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 10, 2017

      I’m glad to hear that Linda! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Missy
    September 9, 2017

    Made it – delicious! I went heavier on the onion, so more oniony than sweet. Tastes like it’d be good either way. Also, did kale instead of broccoli. Thanks for the recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 10, 2017

      You’re welcome Missy! Thank YOU for sharing your great review with other readers! Reply

  • Gerry Raasch
    August 22, 2017

    Sub yoghurt for sour cream and mayo? How? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 22, 2017

      I recall several readers subbed sour cream for plain Greek yogurt or just regular plain yogurt and one said she used Greek yogurt instead of both sour cream and mayo and still enjoyed the recipe. I have personally not experimented with subbing both. Reply

    • Lesan Lucas
      August 22, 2017

      I simply substituted equal parts of plain nonfat Greek yogurt instead. If you’ve ever had plain nonfat Greek yogurt, you’d think it was sour cream…nearly identical in consistency and flavor. Reply

  • Anna
    August 21, 2017

    Thank you for this salad!! I made it today. It’s so easy but so delicious and healthy!!! It would be my favorite salad! Thank you:)) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 21, 2017

      I am so glad to hear that! Thank you for the amazing review 🙂 Reply

  • Kim
    July 8, 2017

    Looks good. What are the nutrition facts of this recipe? Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 8, 2017

      It is easy and delicious! 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 Kim! Reply

  • Lesan
    July 7, 2017

    What a refreshing side dish! I had no sour cream on hand and substituted Greek yogurt. I absolutely love the lemon! I made this for a company cookout I was so very disappointed when there were NO leftovers for me to take home. This is a keeper, thanks for sharing it (again!). Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 7, 2017

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy to hear how much everyone loves the recipe! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Grisel Calixto Zamudio
    July 6, 2017

    La amé. Super fácil y deliciosa Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 6, 2017

      ¡Me alegra que disfrutes de la receta! ¡Gracias por compartir! Reply

  • Linda
    June 23, 2017

    If you blanch your brocelli abt 60 seconds plung in ice bath. You will find it a lot better to chew. Promise just try it Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 23, 2017

      Hi Linda, do you lose the nice crunch when you blanch though? I do love the crunch of fresh broccoli. Reply

  • Burma
    June 21, 2017

    The salad looks great !! I will be trying it !! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 21, 2017

      It is so easy and popular! Please let me know what you think! Reply

  • June 19, 2017

    Made your Salad last week, and the Family’s asking for it again this week. 117 degree temp predicted for tomorrow, so this should help without turning the stove on! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 19, 2017

      Oh man that’s hot! I’m glad to hear everyone enjoys the recipe Jackie! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

    • Justine
      July 4, 2017

      Super ! Salade vedette cette semaine. Le brocoli blanchi 1-2 minutes est parfait, moins dur à croquer. Merci. Reply

  • Betty Holman
    June 7, 2017

    Can you reduce this receipe down for one? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 7, 2017

      Hi Betty, I think it’s do-able but probably difficult since you would have most of the ingredients left over after making 1 portion. It would probably be much easier to reduce it down by half. Reply

  • Pamela P. Johnson
    June 5, 2017

    Do you use a tart or sweet apple? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 5, 2017

      Hi Pamela, I use a sweeter crisp apple to add some sweetness to the salad 🙂 Reply

  • Lilya Glezer-Goldfein
    June 2, 2017

    This was an amazing salad and is now our family’s regular. I did leave off the nuts since we have nut allergies in the family and it is outstanding without the nuts. I love it chopped fine vs large pieces. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 2, 2017

      I’m happy to hear your family enjoys the recipe as much as mine does! Thanks for sharing Lilya 😀 Reply

  • Kandy Carroll
    May 31, 2017

    Creamy Broccoli Apple Salad was a hit.
    Thank you
    Kandy Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 31, 2017

      You’re welcome Kandy! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Natalya Rybakov
    May 13, 2017

    So delicious salad! It can be eaten as by itself, without a main course. Carrots and an apple are a good combination for vision, and pecans-for increased energy level. Thank you 😍 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 14, 2017

      Thank you for another wonderful review Natalya 😬 Reply

  • May 10, 2017

    Hi Natasha! I was a little unsure of this salad combination but I decided to try it. Delicious!! Even my husband, who is not a fan of mayo-based dressing, loved it!! He finished the leftovers when he was working from home. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 10, 2017

      YES! I’m so happy to hear you both enjoy the salad Eva! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

      • Raymond Gonzales
        June 1, 2017

        I made this salad recently and it is a keeper! Made a couple tweaks to it, added the lemon zest and no sugar to the dressing thinking the apple, cranberries, and carrot will give their natural sweetness and they did.
        Great recipe!👍 Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          June 1, 2017

          Sounds great! Thanks for sharing your review Raymond! 🙂 Reply

  • Cindy Sommer
    May 10, 2017

    I’m not sure of the amount of broccoli to use. Can you give me an estimate of how many cups of pieces to use? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 10, 2017

      Hi Cindy, I would guess it is about 7 cups of broccoli. Reply

  • This looks delicious! Do you think it would be a good idea to blanch the broccoli? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 9, 2017

      Hi Linda, I would not recommend blanching since you will lose that crisp texture that we love so much and the flavor profile wouldn’t be quite the same if it is blanched. Reply

      • Raymond Gonzales
        June 1, 2017

        I blanched for no more than 1 min and it was still crunchy Reply

  • Kathy Montgomery
    May 6, 2017

    Can I make this the night before? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 6, 2017

      Hi Kathy, yes that will work fine 🙂 Reply

  • Raymond
    May 2, 2017

    How about a little lemon zest in the dressing Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 2, 2017

      Hi Raymond, one of my readers mentioned adding zest to the salad with great results. I haven’t tried it myself but it does sound nice! Reply

  • Mercede
    April 19, 2017

    I recently made this for an elderly couple who have health problems and needed some meals to help them out. They both were so excited about this salad! The wife said she typically doesn’t care for broccoli salads (I didn’t know!), but she loved this one! The husband since then has asked for the recipe, and they have both not forgotten it! Thanks so much for sharing. This will be a regular for us 😊 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 19, 2017

      Mercede, I’m so happy to hear that 😬. Thank you for taking the time to share that with us and you are very welcome! Reply

  • N Allerdic
    April 13, 2017

    I tried this with a honest person and they enjoyed it and so did I. VERY DERICIOUS!
    Thank you for your video, it helped. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 14, 2017

      You’re welcome! I’m happy to hear that everyone enjoyed the recipe! Reply

  • Renee
    April 13, 2017

    Is this recipe real mayo or miracle whip Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 13, 2017

      Renee, I used real mayo. Reply

  • Vikena G Thigpen
    April 10, 2017

    I plan to make this for Easter dinner. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 10, 2017

      Please let me know what you think of the recipe! Reply

  • Sheryl
    April 4, 2017

    I used Vegan Mayo and Vegan Sour Cream and left out the sugar. It is delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 5, 2017

      You’re welcome Sheryl! I’m happy you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Lance
    April 3, 2017

    Sounds and looks great. One question though, is the broccoli blanched or raw? Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2017

      Lance, broccoli is raw 😬 Reply

  • Jerry
    April 2, 2017

    I sure could use the amount of carbs per serving information Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 2, 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 Jerry! Reply

  • Kathleen Padreganda
    March 30, 2017

    This is a hit with my co-workers. Thank you for this recipe. 😊 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 31, 2017

      You’re welcome Kathleen! I’m glad to hear everyone enjoyed the recipe! Reply

  • vivian
    March 12, 2017

    This was delicious, and very simple to make. I have made a similar salad with some tiny bits of cheddar cheese added and it was really good too. Thanks for a great recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 13, 2017

      You’re welcome Vivian! I’m happy to hear you enjoy the recipe! Reply

  • Olga
    March 11, 2017

    Hi,natasha. I made for lunch the turkey recipe u posted, this salad,& turkey gravy it turned out so good. Thanks,so much for all the good recipes. Made a spong cake yesterday evening w/peaches inside &on go,it sure was good. God bless u & ur beautiful family. For ur dream house yet? Its always nice to come back to ur parents home & chill for a little it brings memory back. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 11, 2017

      Hi Olga! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my recipes :). We’re still house hunting and are exciting for spring to roll in and seeing more homes listed :). I agree though – being at my parents house is the best place we could be between homes 🙂 Reply

  • Beatriz
    March 1, 2017

    I made this salad today and it was so delicious we couldn’t stop eating!!!
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 1, 2017

      You’re welcome Beatriz! I’m glad you love it! It’s one of my favorites! 😀 Reply

  • Patricia Cahill
    February 11, 2017

    This salad is delicious, thank you for sharing it, my family truly enjoyed it also. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 13, 2017

      You’re welcome Patricia! I am so glad to hear your family enjoys the recipe as much as mine does! 🙂 Reply

  • Peggy
    February 9, 2017

    Soooo good! Definitely my new favorite salad! I didn’t even like eating raw broccoli. Thanks Natasha for this recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 10, 2017

      Awesome! I’m so glad to hear you enjoy the recipe Peggy! Thank for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • jeri
    February 4, 2017

    Natasha, I tried this the other day and it is excellent – I have been eating it everyday. Thank you – Jeri Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 4, 2017

      You’re welcome Jeri! I love hearing reviews like this! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Tonya
    February 1, 2017

    Made this salad today and it’s delicious. I love the apples in the salad! We had company over and now I’m finishing up the salad after the guests left 🙈 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 2, 2017

      LOL! That’s awesome Tonya! Thank you for sharing. 🙂 Reply

  • January 30, 2017

    What a pretty salad! I love the lemon dressing on top! That makes the whole thing more light and vibrant. Yum! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2017

      It IS so delicious! I am glad to hear you enjoy it Shelby! Reply

  • Abby
    January 29, 2017

    I am eating a bowl of this as I type, it is SO delicious. I didn’t have any sour cream on hand so I substituted plain yogurt. I’ve been trying to find a way to make myself like broccoli again while I’m expecting and this totally did the trick. Will be making this again soon! Thank you so much Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 29, 2017

      I’m so happy you enjoyed it!! Thank you for sharing that you enjoyed it with plain yogurt! 🙂 Reply

  • Louanne
    January 28, 2017

    1. You need to be on TV!
    2. I love broccoli salad, and your version looks delicious – it will be perfect for the office Mardi Gras potluck in 2 weeks. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 28, 2017

      That is an amazing compliment! Thank you so much 🙂 Your comment made my day! Reply

  • January 28, 2017

    I love love love broccoli salad! This version sounds delicious. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 28, 2017

      It is so GOOD and super POPULAR! Let me know what you think Sara 🙂 Reply

  • Nancy Jo
    January 27, 2017

    ah, see you correct the raisins 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 27, 2017

      Hi Nancy, this recipe works equally well with raisins or craisins. I use whatever I have on hand 🙂 Reply

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