This Broccoli Salad is packed full of delicious, healthy fall ingredients – sweet apples, crunchy walnuts, and tart cranberries – but can be enjoyed any time of the year. It’s a major nutritional powerhouse and tastes absolutely amazing.
It’s sweet and tangy, and the texture is crunchy and creamy from the dressing. This would be a GREAT addition to your holiday table (it’s especially festive for Christmas because of the green and red colors!), or for a picnic/potluck. Plus, it’s one of the few salads that you can make, and dress, in advance, without fear of it getting immediately soggy. In fact, the flavors marry as it sits, so it’s best to eat it a few hours or a day after making it (after that, it may start getting a bit more soggy).
Let’s talk for a bit about how healthy this is. It’s a bit ridiculous, actually.
Broccoli. We all know it’s good for us, but it’s sometimes a bit difficult to eat, especially raw. This salad is the perfect way to eat raw broccoli, since the sweetness of the apples and the honey in the dressing balance out its natural bitterness. It’s FULL of vitamins and minerals (especially K and C), as well as high in fiber. This may even be a great way to get your kids to eat it!
Walnuts add protein, healthy fats, and a variety of minerals to the salad, and apples add vitamin C and fiber. With all the vitamin C, this recipe is a great alternative to citrus fruits to build your immune system during the flu season!
The recipe calls for a cup of mayonnaise, which you may or may not think is a healthy addition since it’s high in fat, but bear this in mind: this recipe feeds a TON of people (you’ll only need a little bit to feel satisfied), and you can substitute all or some of it with plain yogurt, which will cut the fat in half even if you use whole milk yogurt (see notes in recipe below).
The recipe couldn’t be easier to make. A lot of salad recipes suggest that you mix the dressing in a separate bowl and pour on top. Not this one. I mixed the dressing in the bottom of a large bowl, added the ingredients on top, and then mixed together. Fewer dishes! Woo hoo!
This salad meets the requirements of many dietary restrictions, including low carb, Paleo, gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian. All the more reason to bring it to a potluck or party, especially if you need to accommodate for certain food sensitivities or preferences.
I made this yesterday for lunch and am having the leftovers tonight with buffalo chicken fingers. I can hardly wait. Is it dinnertime yet?!
If you need another way to make broccoli delicious, try this Steamed Broccoli with Soy Mayo Dip. Or, this Green Goddess Pasta Salad is packed full of steamed broccoli, avocado, sprouts, and almonds, with a garlic olive oil based dressing- another great thing to take to a potluck.
Recipe for Broccoli Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Cranberries below!
|Broccoli Salad (with Apples, Walnuts, and Cranberries)|| |
- In the bottom of a large mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, honey, apple cider vinegar, and salt and pepper.
- Add the remaining ingredients; stir well to coat.
You can substitute some or all of the mayonnaise with plain yogurt- regular or Greek will work fine. You may need to add a bit more than one cup, since it doesn't have the same consistency as mayo.