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Fresh Broccoli and Apple Salad with Walnuts

This Broccoli Apple Salad with 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 broccoli apple salad with crisp 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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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 Apple 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

Creamy Lemon 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 Apple Salad:

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.

Broccoli Apple salad with crisp apples, carrots, cranberries and walnuts

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!!

Fresh Broccoli Apple Salad with walnuts and a creamy lemon dressing

Print-Friendly Broccoli Apple Salad:

Fresh Broccoli Apple Salad with Walnuts

4.93 from 27 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
This broccoli apple salad with crisp 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
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5-$6
Servings: 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
  • 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 cranberries

Dressing Ingredients:

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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  • Pamela
    April 27, 2019

    Tried this salad tonight because I had broccoli that I needed to use. My husband suggested that I blanch the broccoli. It kept it nice and green. This is a nutritious yummy salad, I was surprised how much I loved the dressing. My new favorite salad. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 29, 2019

      I’m so happy you found a favorite Pamela! Thank you for that awesome review! Reply

  • Carol
    June 10, 2018

    Your broccoli & apple salad was a big hit in our house! I blanched the broccoli and toasted the walnuts, also chopped the cranberries. A large carrot seemed too much though, I’ll use a smaller one next time. With a little prep time, it was very easy to make…..thanks for the recipe, Natasha! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 11, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Reply

  • 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

      • Barry Bessinger
        March 9, 2018

        We liked everything about the salad…..except the raw broccoli. If using it raw, imo, it should be chopped into very small pieces. Next time I will blanch the broccoli.
        Great flavors. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 10, 2018

          Hi Barry, it does help to cut it into very small florets. We love the crunch in raw broccoli but I thin it would still work if you blanched it. 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

    • Julie
      August 15, 2019

      Could I make the dressing 1 days and a half in advance?? Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        August 15, 2019

        Hi Julie, we’ve only had it fresh but I imagine that should work. 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

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