Healthy broccoli apple salad is mixed with walnuts, raisins and a cool, creamy sweet dressing for a delicious side salad that’s perfect for cookouts!
Labor Day is coming up and I’m already excited for a long weekend!
Yes, I just had one earlier in the month for my annual girls beach trip. And no, we haven’t even started school. That comes on Monday for us.
But still, I’m looking forward to a little vacation and I think we are beach bound! We always go to a spot just outside of Charleston, S.C., and besides 36 hours for the solar eclipse earlier this week (during which time we didn't make it to the actual beach), we haven't been all summer.
So a Labor Day beach weekend it is! 🙌
And you know I’m all about the cookouts and the FOOD for these kinds of holidays!
Which is why I wanted to share this healthy broccoli apple salad with you today. I can’t stop eating it and I didn't want to keep it to myself!
I originally made this as a way to try and get the kids to eat more broccoli. It’s one vegetable that they’ll always take a bite or two of when I serve it as a side, but that’s usually all.
(Unless it’s my cheesy broccoli and black bean tostadas or my cheesy chicken and broccoli twice-baked potatoes. Then they dig in! But it's because of all the cheese!)
And even though just a bite can seem like a minor win, sadly, I thought maybe I could try new ways for them to eat it. You know, develop that love of broccoli.
So we had this broccoli salad for our family dinner one night with some cheddar chicken burgers and, per usual, they had a small sample and said “no thanks.”
On the other hand, I finished mine, cleaned off their plates and then ate the leftovers for lunch the next day. 😳
I can't help it -- this chopped broccoli salad is OH so scrumptious!
The broccoli, apple and nuts have a ton of crunch and get covered in this creamy, sweet dressing for a seriously stellar bite. After bite. After bite.
I also made this for my annual girls boat day this summer. We have a lot of gluten-free friends and this fit the bill.
I prepped it the day before, added the dressing and the walnuts when I got there and we chowed down on it later.
It’s seriously addictive, and it wasn’t just the day drinking 😂
Notes on healthy broccoli apple salad:
- I really like this salad best when everything is chopped small, but you can certainly make it chunkier if you prefer.
- I use golden raisins here but you could substitute regular raisins or dried cranberries if that’s what you have on hand.
- You could also substitute pecans or your favorite nut in place of the walnuts.
- This salad is best after it’s been refrigerated for a couple of hours, so all the flavors can combine. But it’s still tasty when served immediately.
- This salad will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days, but it loses a little bit of crunch after day 3.
So get to chopping, then get to mixing and you’ll have this healthy broccoli apple salad ready to go!
Have a fabulous weekend!
P.S. Need some other summer salad inspiration? Check out my mom's classic spaghetti salad and my summer veggie pasta salad. Or my easy summer salad with blueberries for a lighter option.
Healthy broccoli apple salad
Healthy broccoli apple salad is easy to prep and makes for a delicious, creamy side salad that’s perfect for cookouts!
For the dressing:
- ½ cup light mayonnaise
- ½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper, to taste
For the salad:
- 1 small head broccoli, cut into florets then finely chopped (about 4-5 cups)
- 1 medium apple, diced small (I use Fuji, Gala or another sweet red apple)
- ½ cup red onion, diced small
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- In a large bowl, add all dressing ingredients and stir well to combine.
- Add salad ingredients to bowl and stir to get everything well coated.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve. (See notes.)
This salad is best after it’s been refrigerated for a couple of hours, so all the flavors can combine. But it’s still tasty when served immediately.
I really like this salad best when everything is chopped small, but you can certainly make it chunkier if you prefer.
I use golden raisins here but you could substitute regular raisins or dried cranberries if that’s what you have on hand.
You could also substitute pecans or your favorite nut in place of the walnuts.
This salad will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days, but it loses a little bit of crunch after day 3.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 234mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 4gSugar: 22gProtein: 5g
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Gurl, you are just taking all the vacations this summer for me! I love it! Sadly we haven't had a vacation all summer.. well, truth, we haven't had a vacation since June of last year. So I NEED someone to thoroughly enjoy this summer for me! Glad you are doing just that! Now onto this stellar salad - should much yaaaass! I think I've mentioned my love of broccoli runs deeeeeep, so you know I'm loving this! I adore the added walnuts and raisins! Plus that sweet dressing sounds totally on point! I could eat bowl after bowl of this! Pinned! Cheers! Xoxo
Haha, we do like to get away in the summer! Some are working vacations, but no complaints here! XO
Beautiful salad for the upcoming apple season. Love the dressing.
Thanks Mona! The dressing really takes it over the top!
Lauren Grant | Zestful Kitchen
A great summer side dish, yum!
Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
Creamy and delicious looking salad!!
Megan @ Megunprocessed
Love all these flavors together!
Yeap, is the same here with kids and broccoli. But this salad is definitely something I would love, it immediately cought my attention. I am putting it on the list. 🙂
Hopefully they'll all grow up to love it like we did! Have a wonderful weekend Adina!
Looks like the perfect side dish for any BBQ!
Yes! It's always such a hit!
This is so creative. I love the colors!! Thank you so much for sharing it!
These flavor combinations are amazing!
What can I use instead of yoghurt for dairy free option? Also, can I use white wine vinegar or balsamic instead of apple cider vinegar?
Hi Rebecca... you could try using a dairy-free goat or soy yogurt, though you'll want to make sure it's not flavored or it will alter the flavor. You could also use mayo here. I would recommend a white wine vinegar for a substitute for the apple cider vinegar, but you may need to taste it and adjust the sweetener. I hope that helps - would love to hear how it turns out!